Late Saturday night: Casa Mexicana, Bristol. An obscene amount of Mexican food and Margaritas went down...
This was definitely the best Mexican food I've experienced, and in fact one of the best meals out in recent memory. Casa Mexicana (despite the arguably cliché name) has made a big name for itself, having been rated in The Guardian's 'Top Five' Mexican restaurants in the country, and twice voted The Times 'Best Mexican Restaurant'. Despite such high praise, Casa Mexicana retains the intimate service that you'd expect from an independent - upon arrival we were swiftly moved from our original drafty table next to the door, and this was handled with such charm that you got the impression nothing was too much trouble for the staff here. Later, a friendly waitress pulled up a seat at our table to take us through the menu, offering us her recommendations.
The authentic food is undoubtedly what draws people here, and the place seemed full of locals and regulars - but the laid-back atmosphere and service makes you want to make a return trip. Well, that and the burritos. Muy bien!