Monday, 30 June 2008

Joe Peñas Cantina & Bar

Tex-Mex and Americanised Mexican

More: This restaurant is usually touted as great, but this is a negative review

Our first disappointment was when we first ordered: the big blackboard said that there is "eat as much as you can" Fajitas on Sunday, but the waitress notified us, that this is not relevant that day, because it was a match-day. I wonder - if a special price is not on - perhaps a restaurant should bother to erase it from the board, not advertise it? In any case, we were hours before the match.

When we gotten our food, it was dreadful: overly spiced chicken in the Chicken Caesar's Salad; uneatable Enchiladas with cold ingredients (that were supposed to be hot). We complained about something (wrong type of beverage brought to us) and got no compensation or even apology whatsoever. So much for an "American" restaurant. The only good dish that we have ordered was the Guacamole. It was made fresh in front of us, and tasted wonderful. I wish the rest of the meal was like this great entrée.

And then, when we were done? Waited some 20 minutes (in a not-so-busy restaurant) for the cheque. At the end, we went to the till, so we can't tell how long it would have taken.

The Basics: Marheinekeplatz 3, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg (U Gneisenaustr)

URL: Joe Penas (they don't have, mysteriously enough, the Berlin branch there, but this is the official website)

+49 30 69 360 44

no disabled toilets (lots of stairs)

Child-Friendliness? no playground or play corner, but their children menu is another silver lining in an otherwise quite cloudy eating experience: children younger than 7 don't pay for their kiddie-meal; older children have to pay, but the amount is quite ridiculous.

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Could be integrated with the Kreuzberg Tour and with customised Berlin tours

Nearby Hotels/Accommodation:

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Winter's Hotel Berlin Mitte

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Hotel Riehmers Hofgarten
Meininger City Hostel Hallesches Ufer
Express By Holiday Inn Berlin City Centre
Hotel Ludwig van Beethoven

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Hotel Columbia
aletto Jugendhotel
Motel One Berlin-Mitte
Hotel Am Anhalter Bahnhof


Meininger City Hostel Tempelhofer Ufer
aletto Jugendhotel
Meininger City Hostel Hallesches Ufer

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