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Gracias: Not Your Average Kind of Tacos at Capital Promenade

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Gracias: Not Your Average Kind of Tacos at Capital Promenade

It started last summer as a food bike at Marassi, before popping up in Sheikh Zayed for events, and now it has its own container food truck at Capital Business Park’s Capital Promenade. Yes, we’re talking about the Latin cuisine specialist, Gracias.

Cheerful and colourful vibes are what will greet you as soon as you arrive to Gracias. We mean the pink and orange chairs, and the navy blue wooden container with the gigantic orange logo on top. There’s also a lawn that makes you feel like you’re on a picnic, and it has an open-kitchen, which gives the place more energy and life. Even the colourful Pink Lemonade (34LE), and the Berry Hibiscus (34LE) drink containers add an aesthetic touch to the atmosphere, as well as flavours to our meal.

When it comes to food, the whole menu is very tempting, and the variety is broad enough to please everyone. After going through the menu, we ended up ordering the Nachos (75LE) in full portion, Chicken Chimichanga (65LE), Tenderloin Steak Tacos (95LE), and Fried Chicken Strips Tacos (75LE).

Starting with the nachos, the homemade tortilla chips were topped with cheese sauce, pico de gallo, red beans, sweet corn, a drizzle of sour cream, and it came with a side of green salsa. We loved how the tortilla-to-toppings ratio was on point, the cheese sauce had a flawless consistency, the salsa verde stole the spotlight with its out-of-this-world herby flavours, and everything was just simply fresh. We have to say the portion was huge, so we recommend the half portion, if you’re having tacos after that.

If you like messy food, the chicken chimichanga is what you need. A mix of chicken, grilled pepper, onions, corn, beans, tomato sauce, and, of course, cheese; all wrapped in flour tortilla then deep fried, and topped with a drizzle of sour cream and pico de gallo. If this isn’t comfort food, then we don’t know what it is.

Moving to the tenderloin steak tacos, it came in the form of two corn tortillas, filled with lettuce, pico de gallo, and a drizzle of sour cream. Served with tortilla chips and salsa, we absolutely loved the flavours of the beef, however, cutting it into small cubes made it a little bit dry, and slightly visually unappetising.

As for the fried chicken tacos, it was filled with coleslaw, pico de gallo, and -again- a drizzle of sour cream, which felt a little bit repetitive. The creamy coleslaw boasted a balanced taste of sweet and tangy, the crispy golden crust on the chicken was simply perfect, and the chicken itself was juicy. We just felt it was slightly over-seasoned, but we’ll definitely order it again!

As much as we wanted to order the Churros and the S’mores Sweet Chips, we were distracted by the new Nutella Chimichanga (60LE). How could you pass on fried tortilla filled with Nutella and marshmallow? It was a naughty and delicious dessert indeed, even though the marshmallow was a bit big, and wasn’t fully melted.

All in all, we’re so happy to see business models like Gracias joining the food scene in Egypt. Happy food, fantastic quality, well-thought concept, and chill vibes, what else could we ask for?

360 Tip

Gracias caters too.

Best Bit

The quality of the food.

Worst Bit

It’s an outdoor restaurant, so flies might want to sabotage your experience every once in a while.

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