Where to try Mexican and Peruvian food
There has been much debate among the residents of Luxembourg about where to try good Mexican and Peruvian food. Most are divided between the more authentic experience and the Tex-Mex hybrid variety. Whether you prefer tamales or chilli with nachos, or like your to make your own ceviche (which you can do at Kay's workshops), here's a list of our Latin food recommendations.
For authentic Mexican
The wonderful Frida Cantinas in Dudelange and the city have closed but you can still some good Mexican home-cooking at Las Maracas food truck . You can sample traditional quesadillas or tacos with a choice of meat and vegetarian fillings and red, green, chipotle and habanero sauces, in addition to home-made guacamole. The team are on summer vacation until 7th September and you can find out where they'll be on their return here.
In the meantime you can head to Agave (restaurant and tequila bar) which also gets a thumbs up for having authentic tacos and enchiladas but also offers chilaquiles, devilled prawns, and some luscious-looking cocktails. Starters such as melted cheese (queso fundido) with chorizo.
Pablito serves up home-made corn tortillas with its tacos and fresh ceviche. The menu is limited but the bright wooden settings will take you a thousand miles away.
Taco Shop in Sandweiler gets the green light for its soft corn tortillas which come with chicken, steak and veggie fillings, its vampiros (a sort of Mexican pizza with cheese-covered toppings on a hard flat tortilla). You can also pick up quesadillas, burritos, and nachos plus a great selection of sauces including salsa chipotle and the very hot salsa fuego. The food truck has its home on rue de la Gare and is open Tuesday to Friday 12.00 to 14.00 and 16.30 to 21.00 and Saturday evenings.
Relative newcomer located on rue de Strasbourg, Madame Jeanette bills itself as a cocktail bar serving tapas, but essentially many of the dishes are Latin in flavour. In warm terracotta colours with grey sofas and wooden tables, tuck into tacos, enchiladas and ceviche, or (dorade, tuna or calamari), and chicken Babacoa. The brunch menu includes chilaquiles, and the cocktails are mostly Mezcal and tequilla based. It's open Tuesday to Saturday 12.00 until 01.00 (dining 12.00 to 14.00 and 19.00 to 10.00).
The following restaurants don't always get the thumbs up from resident Mexicans, but plenty of people living in Luxembourg give them good reviews. You might find the spices toned down, but the food is enjoyable all the same.
At Mamacita you can drink tequila with your quesadilla or taco, and try out a Mexican ceviche. At sports bar Gringo's you can pare a margarita with Tex-Mex inspired dishes including tacos, fajitas, burritos and quesadillas. Däiwelskichen serves up fajitas, quesadillas and burritos as well as a house chilli, but the style is Argentinian rather than Mexican, so you might prefer a steak.
El Barrio in the Kirchberg has a varied menu that includes tacos in addition to Spanish tapas. Out of town, the Coyote Café in Belval has chicken with mole sauce and fajitas, plus some hefty Argentinian steaks.
If you're Mad about Peru then head to the restaurants of the same name in Dudelange and Luxembourg city for a truly authentic experience and an eye-watering list of ceviche, from the classic recipe featuring seabass, red onions, choclo and sweet potatoes, to a hot version with prawns and scallops.
If marinaded raw fish is not your cup of tea, there is plenty on the menu from Peruvian-style rice with chicken or vegetables, Tacu Tacu (tortilla with rice and beans) with beef or octopus, anticucho or lomo saltado. The restaurants also do a mean line in cocktails with Pisco, gin Amazonas and Ginko.
The recently opened Madame Jeanette may not have a Latin name, but this rue de Strasbourg eatery is serving up ceviche, tostadas, enchiladas and tacos (including vegetarian and vegan versions) and Codillo de Cerdo or spit roasted chicken. You can wash it down with a Pisco Sour, Mojito or a Mezcal.
The Suma Hotel Restaurant in Stadtbredimus has a great selection of ceviche plus beef filet flambéed in Pisco, plus pasta on the menu for main courses.
You can try your hand at making your own ceviche and taste some Pisco at Kay's workshops, but the restaurant, located in Casino Luxembourg in the city has been getting rave reviews for its Peruvian street food menu, which includes ceviche and anticucho (grilled beef heart with spices), plus its Peruvian "inspired" fusion menu.
You'll get classic Almuerzo at La Cusquenita with dishes served with rice or chips, and tasty beef stews, lomo saltado and other specialities from the Andean city of Cusco that the restaurant takes its name from.
For a compromise on Latin American food, you can try out Qosqo, which has burritos, quesadillas, cuenca (rice with toppings), ceviche and chilli. No one will go hungry that is for sure. It may not be that authentic, but it has a large terrace and a good location in Kirchberg.
If you prefer to make your Mexican-style food, you can buy supplies from Chilli Gourmet and Mex-Al will also deliver. Some supermarkets like Auchun in Kirchberg/ Cloche d'Or and Delhaize stock the El Paso brand.
Mexican-born Yisela has opened the first Mexican Tortilleria in Luxembourg called Secretos del Maiz, using machines imported from her home country and 100% corn flour made from white, blue and red corn (so gluten and preservative free, with no GMO) to make different sized tortillas and tortilla chips/nachos.
In addition to supplying restaurants, she takes private orders for delivery on Sundays. You can place orders by sending a Whatsapp message to +352 621 177 349.