El Mexico in El Isloo

Mexican food comes to tantalize and tempt the ever expanding and diverse palate of the young and restless in Islamabad. “Loco Amigos”, or Crazy Friends has opened its doors in F-10 Markaz in the basement of the plaza with the Pearl Continental Laundry and Standard Chartered Bank, next to K&N Value Chicken. Strange way to remember a location I suppose, but landmarks work better for me than the names of the plazas :)

Anyway, to return to the fast food itself, it is a take away place, where young ‘senors’ wearing sombreros will take your order and bring it out to you. Mexican food staples are similar to ours with basic food groups of rice, flour and meat. The menu is limited but has the staple ware that you expect in Mexican menus, like Nachos, Burritos, Tacos and Enchiladas. The pictures in the menu along with detail of what the item actually includes helps you in placing your order. All the hot, spiced food is served with rice, sour cream and tomato salsa.

The good thing about the restaurant is the relatively filling food at a reasonable menu. Most of the items are priced between Rs. 150 and Rs. 180 and the serving is plentiful enough to fill the most demanding of stomachs such as mine.

So if you ride well spiced, flavorsome food and want a change from the relative mundanity of chicken tikka or pizza and the other fast foods in town, and are hungry between 12 and 12, give Loco Amigos a try.

Eat your fill or we would say in Spanish “comer hasta hartarse”

14 Comments so far

  1. Phil (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    I looked to my left and there was this guy wearing the hat you just mentioned… and I was like, “heck the world is crazy, they have no fashion sense,” and drove on! Only to realize that he was one of the ‘lost’ loco amigos Hehe! :P

    Haven’t really tried this place out, the pull of McDee is too much to resist.

    What do you recommend?

  2. 1967 (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 1:07 am

    I would go for mexican anytime over Big Macs. If it’s not on foona yet, I would suggest to add it there. It’s awesome that options in cuisine are getting diverse around here.

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 1:51 am

    I read a review of the place in TNS last week. Can’t wait to drop in the next time I’m in Islamabad…

  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    Jaded now your review makes it sound soooOOooO good; I passed by it a few times and couldn’t mould my heart to order something with our desi amigos dishing around … now definitely .. may be tonight … :-)

    Gracias por una gran revisión !!

  5. Faran (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 12:42 am

    I tried Loco Amigos around two weeks ago… and DUUUUUUUUUDDDDEEEEE… tacos are the new pizza for me.. i am seriously hoookeed to maxican food! i order it alteast twice a week!!
    it DDEEE-Licious!

  6. Phil (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

    ^ LOL! :D Nice review there mate.

    So by word of mouth, I have to go now…! Tacos remind me of Taco Bells… halal ones >_> :P

    Mexican food is spicy like subcontinental food but with Oregano and Jalapeño base. It is destined to catch up in Pakistan.

  7. Jaded (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    :-D Thank you el Team members… I so like being appreciated. Am glad you liked the review.. let’s hope you like the food too. It actually makes a change from the burger, sandwich deals that we tend to get used to around here.

  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 12:38 am

    Though jaded we’d have appreciated some nachos & Salsa more ;-)

    So when’re you inviting :”)

  9. Phil (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 1:16 am

    Yaaay! Team Synergy! :D

    I tried out the place today. Ordered a Enchilada, it was like a pastaish roll, with chicken chunks inside, and some garnish over it. The sides were a salsa, sour creme paste, and rice. Rs. 169 + coke = Rs. 194. Reasonably under Rs. 200 and the Rs. 6 for the tip. Good place.

  10. maria (unregistered) on June 21st, 2007 @ 4:00 pm

    does it have the take away option?

  11. Faran (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2007 @ 5:33 am

    it ONLY has take away option!

  12. maria (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 1:15 pm


    well…i tried it yesterday…it was really good!

  13. Yasir (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    Yes i has tried this and it is one of finest and quality take away in the country. A lot of great feeling coming by the waiters working outside. I am so impressed with the product and to me it is much better than other International Fast food available in the country

  14. Qasim (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    Yes i did visited the outlet and watch them playing cricket without bat and ball. its imaginative cricket. infact i like the idea very much but they look crazy to me. after discussing with one of them, they said, its LOCO AMIGOS which mean Crazy friends and we are crazy. hehehehe

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