Exterior

Exterior

Pinto’s arrival in Edinburgh’s West End, a few weeks back, was heralded with their usual mass burrito giveaway. This guaranteed plenty of press coverage and lengthy queues. I let the frenzy die down a little, visiting once they’d had a chance to bed in.

I’d visited their Glasgow stores for breakfast and been quite impressed. When they opened their first Edinburgh shop, in 2014, I was a little disappointed not to see their good breakfast selection on offer. For my visit to their Shandwick place branch, I popped around mid-afternoon for a quick burrito.

Burrito

Burrito

The interior is rather smart in the informal cantina style, with a strong emphasis on wood and exposed stone. Service at the counter was via a little production line of assemblers, somewhat in the Subway style.

I opted for their barbacoa beef burrito with their standard toppings. I chose a sweetcorn salsa ahead of the fiery hot sauce options. With money exchanged, I was soon on my way, eating as I walked.

Interior

Interior

Much in the same way as the Mighty Mexican, the burrito was quite poorly wrapped and was leakily thin in places making for very messy eating.

The beef had good flavour but was rather dry. The corn salsa was good, but the rest was rather routine stuff. It was fine, but lacked the expected freshness and zing.

So overall, it was another rather mediocre burrito experience, which was a shame as I rather like Pinto’s schtick and had enjoyed a couple of visits to their Glasgow branches. It all just felt a bit formulaic, so I think their offering needs a little pepping up to impress the Edinburgh audience. If you visit you’ll be decently served in lively surroundings, but I doubt you’ll be overwhelmingly thrilled.

Scores
Blythe scores Pinto
3/5 for food
2.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 12/20

I ate: beef burrito

I wore: action footwear

Total bill: £5.95

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Written by BKR