To showcase some of the hidden gems where you can use your Restaurant Choice vouchers, we will be interviewing the owners of our finest independent restaurants to find out a little bit more their delicious dishes.
First up is Mohujos Mexican Restaurant in Stockton on Tees run by the lovely Wendy. Let’s find out more!
Could you tell us a little about the history of your restaurant?
We opened in 2007. Research suggested Mexican Cuisine was going to be a growing trend over the following 5 years so we took a chance on it being a success. We did a lot of doorstep questionnaires to understand the needs and habits of our local market which really helped in the early days given that it was my first venture and I had no experience in the industry.
We wanted to focus on a fresh prepared menu with lots of flavour and local produce where possible, with a personal and friendly service in a relaxed environment. We have succeeded in sticking to our ethos to this day and get excellent reviews and feedback.
What initially attracted you to the idea of opening a restaurant?
I was made redundant from my Sales Managers job and wanted a complete change of career. It was a sweeping idea that turned in to my dream job!
Do you have a signature dish?
We sell a chicken Parmesan which is a local tradition in Teesside, we added a Mexican twist and it became our best seller. We have recently won an award for the best Parmo in the world and recently were mystery shopped by the Parmo Hunters on facebook who gave a glowing report and 5/5. Our signature Mexican dish has to be our pulled pork burrito.
What’s your favourite dish to prepare?
We do a Jambalaya Mexicana which requires careful preparation to ensure the right consistency and taste.
Do you have a variety of vegetarian options?
We have a fantastic variety of Veg dishes, including enchiladas, Fajitas and burritos – we use fresh vegetables and have the option of quorn. We also cater well for Gluten free.
Is there a children’s menu?
Kids menu is 4.25 for Main, dessert and drink…includes mini versions of all our classic dishes.
What about your drinks menu – what are the favourites there?
We have an excellent range of exclusive Mexican beers such as Chilli beer, Mexicali and Red Pig ale. My favourite drinks are our margaritas and Mojitos.
Describe your restaurant in 5 words!
Fun, casual, friendly, tasty, authentic
Tell us a little bit about the décor and the inspiration for this!
It’s bright and colourful with lots of Mexican artifacts, blankets. Inspired by the Mexican culture and the big fuss they make of sharing meal times with family and friends.
What’s the best piece of customer feedback you’ve ever received?
We have a Mexican lady who said our Sea bass Veracruz was as good as any she had eaten in Mexico and in general she gave us an authenticity stamp of approval on all aspects of our decor and food.
Have you won any awards? If so could you tell us a little about it?
We won the Worlds best Parmo, were shortlisted for Restaurant of the year North East and Shortlisted for Gordon Ramsey’s F word.
And a couple of fun questions!
Have you ever had any famous customers? If so could you tell us a little bit about that?
Yes, lots! Kevin Richardson, ex England/Everton player who is a coach at Newcastle United is a regular here as is Graham Kavanagh who played for Middlesbrough and is currently the Carlisle United Manager.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
A fried egg sandwich with ketchup and black pepper.
If you could have a dinner party with 5 celebrity guests dead or alive who would you invite?
Marco Pierre White, Keith lemon, Richard Branson, Theo Paphitis, Bob Mortimer
Thanks for joining us Mohujos! If you’d like to find out more about this charming Mexican restaurant then visit the Mohujos website.