Amigo is a small space with Mexican exotica meticulously built in: the neon light in the shape of a Mexican hat at the front door, a giant plastic Cactus standing in the center of the restaurant. And at each table there is a lamp covered with a Mexican straw hat. As for the place's colors, orange, yellow, green and some purple -- Mexican with a modern look.
Because they love Mexican food and had long had a dream of building a house of their own, Joe Chang (
Although Mexican food can be found in many of Taipei's American-style restaurants, few eateries concentrate on Mexican cuisine. There are fewer than eight Mexican restaurants in Taipei, and of varying quality, according to Chang. Another of Amigo's ambitions is to concentrate on Mexican food and to introduce a greater variety of Mexican cuisine, she said.
So apart from the familiar tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchaladas, Amigo has more choices on the menu. Chimichangas have a rich stuffing of tomatoes, lettuce, chilis and meat. They come with a rice pilaf, beans and sauces. If it's not enough, try the Mexican Chicken Soup. Made of corn, tomatoes, fennel leaves and chili, the soup is served with a chewy cinnamon treat.
For something different, try the house's original grilled Chocolate Chicken. Half of a chicken is first seasoned with cinnamon, pineapple, cocoa powder and mixed spices, then simmered for 36 hours before being sent to the oven. The chicken is then dipped in a spicy chocolate sauce. It's an authentic Mexican dish with a mixture tastes both spicy and mildly sweet.
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During the afternoon tea time, from 2pm to 5pm, you can try a cup of coffee with a burrito instead of dessert. There is also a "buy two, get one free" for business lunches and beers.