El Burro in is one of those establishments that offer equally adventurous food and drink. The menu is varied and doesn’t fill the cheesy Tex-Mex quota that many establishments claiming ‘authentic Mexican cuisine’ do. Their well-researched recipes are all made from scratch, ensuring the freshest, tastiest Mexican food around.
I visited El Burro recently to learn more about the impressive collection of tequila they are so proud of. Managing partner, Nic Haarhof took me through their tequila menu and regaled colorful stories of his recent trip to Mexico.
Staying in one of the local quarters in Guadalajara with a friend who lives there proved the best way for Nic to experience life there. Each day was filled with food and drink specific to that establishment or area.
Nic visited Casa Centinela in Jalisco, in the Los Altos region which is so named after the sentinels who patiently tend and cultivate the blue agave in the highland district for their piñas, or hearts. Home to Tequila Centinela, it’s the largest tequila distillery in Mexico and boasts 56,000 American oak barrels full of ageing nectar. Nic brought back their Blanco, Reposado and Añejo tequila for El Burro.
Each of these tequilas is so named for the period of ageing it is given – Blanco, as the name suggests, is clear and un-aged; Reposado is aged for 2-9 months and Añejo aged for a minimum of twelve months and up to three years. As you can imagine, the flavor deepens and gets more complex the longer the tequila is left on wood and it is this long-aged Añejo that is amongst the most prized and most expensive tequila in the world.
Upon his return, Nic’s luggage registered 70kg overweight, thanks mostly to the handpicked tequila for El Burro. Just another reason a visit to this much-loved restaurant is essential when you’re in Cape Town.
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