A lot of people think Chiwawa is that annoyingly hyper mini-canine that has made Taco Bell very famous, but this Chiwawa is not THAT Chihuahua!
First of all, CHIWAWA! I can’t believe we finally have:-
a) Burritos in town and
b) Mexican food in town…
Most of all, I am just so relieved and glad we finally have salsa that doesn’t taste like Nyonya Achar. True story. I once had what pretended to be Mexican at a 5-star hotel here. They put achar and tandoori chicken inside these tacos and it was just WEIRD. Nuff’ said!
Weird like how I took this photo and got my friend’s bum in the shot (I had permission to promote the bum shot). Hey, stop staring pervert. I know she’s hot but she’s a mother of two!
On to the food buying. The set up is very typical of a line production system the likes of Subway or any sandwich bar in the U.S. for that matter. You pick your choice, and they plop it into your wrap. Simple process!
They have several sizes of wraps for you to choose from. The 6″ Sonny boy (RM6) 8″ Six Shooter(RM10), 12″ La Bamba (RM11), 18″ Mariachi (RM24), and the 24″ Chiwawa (RM32). GREAT PRICING strategy.
When it comes to choices, there are 3 types of chicken flavors and beef mole, with 11 sides and 8 sauces to choose from. Not bad for choice!
It’s a tiny-tiny casual place, with one table inside. The rest of the tables are really on the sidewalk (very popular trend now in KK).
Honestly, when the wrap is wrapped, it doesn’t make for a pretty picture because they try to fill it to the brim for value.
So let’s talk about the taste. Be warned, I’m a really hard one to please when it comes to Mexican food.
My time in San Diego and New York have me expecting a lot more than the entire Asian region can offer in the past 12 years. I’ve done Mexican in just about every Asian city I’ve been to including Australia, and so far, the only thing that comes close to making me smile is the Tex-Mex place called Vatos in Seoul. It’s co-owned by my friend Juweon who is a Korean-Texan. Vatos makes some mean pulled pork and kimchi fries.
As for authentic Mexican (I like it really ethnic btw), still haven’t found a place I’m happy with outside of the U.S. Even London’s Mexican food is bleh.
Saying that, beggars can’t be choosers. The burritos here taste good enough and are fine by local standards. If you ask me would I rather have Chiwawa or no Chiwawa, then definitely, I want the Chiwawa in KK. I go there regularly to get takeaway, and I wouldn’t be happy if I couldn’t even get a decent burrito.
They have delicious burritos, but toward the latter part of the the day, their fillings do get cold so I hope they put a microwave oven there to warm things up soon.
Otherwise, we commend Leo Valasquez and his team for daring to turn a portion of Bella’s under-utilized dining room into a fast food burrito joint. I love the concept, the wraps, BRAVO!
Very affordable, generous portions, and burrito awesomeness!
Could Be Better
I need the super spicy hot sauce a la Mexican flaming style like the El Yucatan! I also want warm burritos always, so I’ll go speak to them about it.
Definitely check it out!
How To Get There
Chiwawa Mexican Food
69 Jalan Gaya , 88000 Kota Kinabalu
Hours: 11am – 9pm
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