Miro’s Cantina Mexicana of Rose St

Miro’s Cantina Mexicana has been a fixture on Edinburgh’s Rose St for nearly 20 years. Inside you’ll find a cosy Mexican restaurant, which effortlessly oozes character. While the decor might differ most Mexican restaurants offer broadly similar menus; indeed the menu at Miro’s has fajitas, nachos, enchiladas and everything else you’d expect from the norm. But Miro’s goes one step further with their specials’ menu, which includes dishes such as bean casserole, paella Mexicana and pollo en mole poblano (an authentic Mexican chicken dish, smothered in a chocolate tinged sauce).

Miros Cantina Mexicana interior, Rose St, Edinburgh Chicken fajitas at Miros Cantina Mexicana, Edinburgh

We found Miro’s Cantina Mexicana very busy at 6.30pm on a Wednesday night. That’s a good sign. There was a real mix of folk in the restaurant, along with a few nervous looking teenage couples; perhaps this is an ideal first date location for many. Bohemia is perhaps my favourite Mexican beer, so seeing its name on the chalkboard was a welcome start to our meal. £3.25 a bottle.

There can be few complaints about Miro’s chicken fajitas (£12.95). They arrived sizzling on the plate, with plentiful quality chicken and loaded with onions and peppers. The accompaniments of cheese, sour cream, chopped tomato and guacomole were all fresh and flavoursome. Rice and refried beans would have truly made my day though.

Sadly there was no sign of the fabled Mexican combo dish on the menu, so I ordered the intriguing paella Mexicana (£13.50). It was clear from the 25 minute wait for the dish to arrive, that this was freshly prepared. It was a good dish, containing a fair quantity of prawns, white fish, mussels and excellent chorizo. The dishes only flaw was there should have been much more rice.

A meal at Miro’s Cantina Mexicana can end with a large bill, but I guess the steep pricing is fairly typical for a Mexican restaurant. What Miro’s does guarantee is a fabulously atmospheric and friendly Mexican, which blends stereotypical Mexican dishes with a selection of more adventurous dishes. The family feel of the dining room and the freshly made dishes are huge plus points, although like with every Mexican restaurant the blog has visited in Edinburgh there is room for improvement.

Miro’s Cantina Mexican is a charming Mexican restaurant, which proves a fair choice for a varied and inventive Mexican meal, right in the heart of Edinburgh

Miro’s Cantina Mexicana is located at 184 Rose Street,Edinburgh
Telephone: 0131 225 4376

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