While i was in Joburg i happened upon a tweet from my friend Kaajal mentioning a “taco hut”…before i got too excited I asked for clarification. She confirmed the presence of a new Mexican joint in Kabulonga just off Twin Palm road named “Taco Hut”. So for the next 3 days I ws dreaming of said Taco Hut and anxious to come home and try the food and blog about it.
I went with my good friends Dee and Nana on a Tuesday late afternoon, my first impression was that I like the decor. The menu being displayed on chalk boards is also a very cool aesthetic, the pricing of the meals was between 40-55 Kwacha which is very reasonable.
We were given some homemade tortilla chips and salsa to start…word of advice to the establishment Pick n Pay actually sells Masa Harina(cornmeal) the last time I checked. That is the ingredient that makes a corn tortilla chip or any tortilla taste authentic, we also live in a country with lots of maize so somebody should look into making good cornmeal for these mexican joints.
I ordered a Margarita which was K30 but honestly it was pretty strong, worth the price eve if it was made with Olmeca. I also ordered the Chicken Burrito (yes, I went to Taco hut and didn’t try the TACOS…lol) which came with beans and rice…oh where are the pinto or black refried beans in this country? AUTHENTICITY is key!!! I suppose the red beans will have to do, All in all the food was good it was just not as spicy as I would have liked. The flavors available mild, medium and hot, sadly for the waitress gave me two options “mild or hot” and I ordered mild thinking it would still have a bit of a bite. I would rate the food that day a 7/10 so that there is room for improvement.
I am a fan of new businesses and Mexican food but I have to say for place thats been open for 5 weeks the music playlist with only 10 songs on a loop they have long way to go. Their staff aren’t the best service people, we were left unattended to several times while they sat inside the house. I don’t know about you lot but if I pay for a service I expect to be well looked after. Taco Hut also needs to be careful not to fall into this Zambian trap of “word of mouth advertising” Invest in hosting an event open to the public so that they can sample your food and service. What would have been a great place to market would have been Lusaka Food Festival (lord knows they needed more stalls). I just don’t want to see another business fall victim to the bad advertising curse and shut down in year.