There will likely be an upswing in my trips to the Royal Mail sorting office at Telferton given it’s nearing the festive season. My first trip there for a while was to pick up my new wine decanter. Fancy.


Anyhoo, whilst in the Portobello neighbourhood it seemed a good plan to try one of the many eateries I still haven’t explored in these parts.

After very good coffee at Twelve Triangles I headed back along the High Street and eventually alighted upon Habaneros, a Mexican street food place.

Burrito exterior

Now, my general antipathy towards Mexican food is well documented but with a recent positive taco experience at Jolly Bandito, I thought I might risk another go, this time testing a burrito.

The place is mainly set up for takeaway, but they have a few shelf seats. Given the likely mess I was going to make, I figured staying close to napkins was a decent idea so I took a seat and contemplated the menu.

I eventually settled upon their barbacoa burrito. Guacamole cost extra but with their lunch deal a drink was included so that evened things out.

Burrito interior

The item was assembled to order by one of the friendly counter women. It was soon with me looking much as expected.

One of my major issues with burritos is the excessive amount of bland rice they often contain. This one had a much more agreeable rice to other things ratio which was good to see.

It didn’t have things evenly spread through the wrap with only one mouthful distinctly conveying avocado, but it was generally a pretty good eat and one of the better burritos I’ve had of late.

So overall, Habaneros looks to be doing decent work. This is their second branch – they have another in Musselburgh – so with a following wind they may expand further towards the city centre. For now they’re worth checking out when next the road takes you to Porty.

Blythe scores Habaneros
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20

I ate: barbacoa burrito

I drank: water

I wore: blue

Total bill: £7.10

Address: 79 Portobello High Street, Portobello EH15 1AW

Written by BKR