Café Mexicho is a colourful Tex-Mex restaurant and bar in Johannesburg’s popular student suburb of Melville. This quirky and friendly neighbourhood has a number of well-preserved historical buildings and its pavements are lined with an eclectic selection of cafes and restaurants such as Café Mexicho, that lend the suburb a lively atmosphere, particularly in the evenings.
The decor has been inspired by the art and colours of Mexico, from the brightly painted saloon doors that swing behind you as you enter to the strings of red chilli lights illuminating the bar and the large painting of Frida Kahlo on the back wall. On the street in front there’s a choice of bright blue picnic-style tables, ideal for warm summer nights, while the interior dining rooms, painted in a sunny shade of yellow, are deceptively spacious.
The extensive menu is full of typical Tex-Mex fare.
For starters there are the mandatory and ever-popular chilli poppers – deep fried jalapenos filled with hot cheese – or a plate of nachos to share. For mains choose from burritos, tacos (soft and hard shell), large portions of nachos, enchiladas, fajitas or quesadillas – all with the option of chicken, beef and vegetables. For authentic Tex-Mex try the Sincronizada – two tortillas filled with cheese, chicken, bacon, tomato, onion and corn, served with sour cream and guacamole. If you are searching for more Western tastes you’ll also find beef burgers with a choice of toppings.
Tequila is, of course, the drink of choice. The Café Mexicho signature drink is its frozen strawberry and lime margaritas made with silver tequila. For tequila straight up there are a variety of brands and flavours to choose from – the tequila and chilli shot is particularly popular.
Café Mexicho caters to private parties and has a separate area that guests can book for functions.
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday noon to close
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6pm to close