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“Hidden gem with fabulous food and decor”
Review of Pieno Lleno

Pieno Lleno
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Price range: US$10 - US$25
Description: We offer a wide variety of items on our menu from fajitas, burritos, wraps, burgers, steaks, pastas, pizzas and salads.
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Description: We offer a wide variety of items on our menu from fajitas, burritos, wraps, burgers, steaks, pastas, pizzas and salads.
Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

We love Mexican food and at the last minute, me and my friend changed our plans from Wahaca at Bluewater and decided to try here. The location is not expected for this little gem. But don’t let that stop you going! The decor was lovely! Very themed and lots of fairy lights and I imagine, great for a party or large group outing! The prices were so reasonable as well. We had three starters to share between us and all were very good size and really tasty-chorizo and halloumi, spring rolls and calamari. The mains were crispy beef tacos and the chicken chimichanga. They were also really lovely and rather large portions again-4 big crispy tacos! Great cocktail menu and also really good prices about £6 each. Absolutely will be going again! My only criticisms are 1. that there are no stand alone tortilla chips and salsa on the menu, which seems quite standard for most Mexican restaurants surely. Or you sometimes get some on the side as a little freebie. I think when you are spending £50/£60, it would be nice to get a little something extra, like the prawn crackers at a Chinese when you are waiting for example. Especially as they cost almost nothing. 2. The amount of salsa served with the dishes was very small. Could have been a little bowls worth at least to hopefully be dunking some tortilla chips ;) . And 3. The heat level was very low, almost none existent. I had to ask for some hot sauce to add some kick and I got a teeny tiny bowl of a mild heated sauce which was ok. I truly believe there should be some little bottles of hot sauce or something though-give the customer the ‘pickle’ if you’ve ever been on a sales/hospitality training course! I know that adding heat can put people off, but jalapeños or chillis are so Mexican that the dishes deserve a little kick. Even the chillis like Pasilla didn’t seem to be there, and they aren’t spicy but are at least flavoursome.
These are really small things in the grand scheme of it all. The restaurant was great looking and authentic, and staff were lovely and helpful. We hadn’t booked but that didn’t matter, seated straight away, and it was over half full for a Friday night and this is great to see considering it’s not in a Main Street kind of place. will be going back for more :)

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank RaverSouthend
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

A really lovely place to eat. We visited here twice in a row while on a short trip to Southend. The first day we ate outside and the second inside.
Very good food, tasty, good portions and pleasant service. The restaurant and toilet area were very clean.
Good value for money.
“They have churros!!” For a previous reviewer.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Louise H
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Reviewed June 5, 2019 via mobile

We have been visiting Southend for a few days and came to Pieno-Lleno on the strength of the recommendations and we weren’t disappointed! Everything from the nachos to the starters and enchiladas were lovely! We’ve also bought some of the lleno sauce to take away as it was so good! Highly recommended

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank poyntonrob2
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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

Driven past so many times and not considered going in as the outside looks a little plain. Regret this now!

After reading the consistently good trip advisor reviews I decided I would go with the family tonight and it was brilliant.

The decor is just spot on, you really don’t expect it when you walk in. All the furniture is lovely and new/clean.

The staff are friendly and food arrived reasonably quickly.

The food was delicious, not entirely authentic Mexican, but still very very tasty. The vegan options are great as they don’t just take stuff away from a dish, they replace with vegan alternatives i.e. vegan cheese, sour cream etc. The kids menu was excellent as well and reasonably priced.

Will definitely be visiting again.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank wozr2019
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Reviewed June 3, 2019

we found this place last minute to book a meal to celebrate daughters birthday.

food choices reasonably priced and generous portions.

we had brought a SUPERGIRL cake with us and they happily arranged to bring this out, provide plates and boxes for takeaway.

i dont normally write reviews but an exception in this case to the staff who were very helpful.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Thank 658cSC
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