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Senor Dicks (Newquay)

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Mexican Restaurant. East Street, Newquay, Cornwall. Tel: 01637 851601

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      02.08.2012 21:24
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      Would definitely recommend

      My husband and I are regular visitors to a quiet little campsite just outside Newquay, but we always enjoy travelling into town for a nice meal out. We have tried quite a few places, and were recently stuck for ideas. There is a feature on the maps on my smartphone, where it can search for local restaurants, so we used this and the place with the best reviews was Senor Dicks. We both love mexican food, so thought, 'why not'? The restaurant is located in the centre of Newquay, almost right next to Bertie's Nightclub. We were lucky and managed to get a parking space on the road right opposite - there are plenty of car parks in the town but they can be pricey. It was a Monday night, and we weren't expecting many people to be in the restaurant, but it was quite busy and there seemed to be a lovely atmosphere on walking in. We were greeted by a smiling waitress who showed us to our table. The place itself looks as though it could be either a bar or a restaurant. The bar area is fairly central and has stools around it, the restaurant tables are spread around to either side. On the night that we were there, there was a nice ambience, but I'm not sure I would have liked it as much on a Friday/Saturday when people were coming in just to use the bar. There were various mexican bits and pieces adorning the walls and ceilings and it generally looked like a clean, well maintained restaurant. It wasn't going to be a rowdy one as we were driving and it was the first night of our holiday and, following a long drive, we just wanted something nice to eat and an early night. Between us we ordered a diet coke and a 'Surfs Up' non-alcoholic cocktail, which was divine! Our order was taken fairly quickly and we soon had our Jalapeno Poppers infront of us. These are possibly my all time favourite starter and I was really looking forawrd to them. We decided that we would share the starter - of the 5 on the plate, I did manage to end up having 3! Unfortunately, they didn't quite live up to my high expectations. Don't get me wrong, they were nice, but they were too hot in the middle and the flavour was lost as a result of this. They came with a red pepper jam, which I found a little odd, but it was nice enough. On to the main course, and when it arrived, boy were we glad we had only shared a starter! My husband had a chicken enchilada and I opted for the chilli beef. The plates came jam packed with food. The enchiladas themselves were absolutely massive and practically bursting with the amount of meat and sauce in them, not to mention the oodles of melted cheese on top. The dish was accompanied by a large portion of mexican rice, refried beans and a dollop of sour cream! It was well cooked and really tasty and, despite us both having large appetites, neither of us could quite finish the whole plateful! Plates were cleared shortly after finishing and service was always with a smile. Neither of us could stomach a dessert (unlike us!), so we opted for the bill. It came to around £33 in total which wasn't too bad. The starter was £5.50 and the mains were £10.50 each. The diet coke was pretty cheap but the non-alcoholic cocktail a bit pricier. The staff were still friendly as we left, holding the door open for us and flashing big smiles. We left with full tummies and a happy feeling that we had found somewhere new to head to on holiday. I would recommend Senor Dicks to anyone looking for a nice mexican restaurant. It's not outstanding food, but the staff and general atmosphere seemed to make up for anything that the food lacked.

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      16.05.2001 17:19
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      Senor Dicks can be found only a few hundred meters from Berties pub and club in Newquay, Cornwall. There is a small pay and display car park near by, along with a larger car park at the same location for the Somerfields supermarket, also situated there. These car parks are normally fairly empty, although at the height of the holiday season, and at certain times of the day, you will be less likely to be able to park than at other times such as when we last went…. Saturday 12th May, a group of us took a mini bus to Newquay to celebrate a friend’s birthday. At 8:30 pm the mini bus pulled into the virtually empty car park described above and we disembarked, heading for Berties pub. Now, for some reason my friends didn’t want to stay there so we headed down the road. I didn’t know where we were going, but we ended up at Senor Dicks. Senor Dicks is a Mexican restaurant, well advertised on the local independent radio station, Pirate FM. I have never eaten here, and this was the first occasion that I have ventured inside the building. We climbed up a flight of stairs and arrived in a very warm, brightly painted room – these were the first two things that caught my attention. It had been a very warm weekend, so perhaps this explained the warmth in this room so it may well be colder at other times of the year. There was a good friendly atmosphere, and a range of seating including stools round the bar, comfy seats around the tables at the sides of the room and covered wicker seats round tables towards the middle of the room. On arrival, we took a look at the cocktail menu but I decided not to drink too much and had a Malibu and coke. When my friends returned from the bar, I was told about a drinks promotion they had on at the time, a kind of “happy-until-nine-o’clock-when-the-prices-go-back-up”. At this time the cocktails were all £2 so I thought I would have one. Many of the drinks included either Bail eys or Kaluha and I didn’t think it would be a good idea to mix creamy drinks with coke and Malibu so I chose one that included neither. I looked through the list of drinks and eventually chose one, unfortunately it was a shooter, so instead of costing £2, it was in fact £2.50. It was called “Spectrum” and contained layers of Midori, Blue Bols and Grenadine. I didn’t have the stomach to down it in one, but it still tasted nice. A while after this I had another drink, this time I decided not to worry about the chance of the drinks curdling in my stomach and had an FBI. This cocktail was delicious! It was made from Baileys, Kaluha and I think the other shot was Tequila, although I’m not certain. This was then blended with ice cream whilst chocolate syrup was drizzled onto the inside of the glass, and the blended mix poured in. The result was a cool, creamy, luxurious drink that didn’t taste very alcoholic and was almost milkshake-like. By this time the promotion had ended so I had to pay the full price of £3.75 (I think). Other cocktails were “Mellow Melon” (made mainly from Midori), “Sea Breeze” (this one was quite bitter with cranberry in it) and “Sex on the Beach” (all I can remember about this one was that it tasted quite nice and was blue, so it would have had Blue Bols in it). Still, enough about the drinks! It often took a while to get served, and as I wasn’t actually buying the drinks, I’m not sure how many people were behind the bar, but I guess there were either one or two people (apparently there were actually 5 people; one was being trained and therefore had a trainer designated, so there were only 3 fully functional bar people there - if you catch my drift {:o) ). The bar itself was fairly long, but only really in comparison with the room itself. There were a few cubicles in the ladies, and these were averagely well kept – they were definitely not the worst I had ever seen but they were far from pristine. So, in summary, if you are planning a night out in Newquay, and fancy going somewhere different, or trying a few cocktails, I would recommend Senor Dicks. It may be a little pricey to stay there the whole night, but according to what my friends were saying, it was cheaper to drink there than in the club we were going to. I hope you have enjoyed this opinion and that I have told you everything you need to know.

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