I’ve eaten lots of Mexican food in my time. From the famous Fajitas I make at home to the delight of my family and friends to a favorite Cantina we visit every time we go to Oahu, the appeal is strong. How can you resist the promise of hot and spicy dishes that you eat with your hands without being frowned on? The Prickly Cactus Launceston is in a central location and puts it own unique twist on a raft of Mexican classics. Read on for all the details …
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The Prickly Cactus Launceston
We arrived in Launceston on the last leg of our Tasmanian road trip at around 6pm . We spent the morning cruising the stunning Wineglass Bay then jumped in our bargain hire car from Airport Rentals to explore the Bay of Fires before heading west to Lonnie. It had been a long day of travel and immediately after checking in to the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston we hit the streets. It was good to stretch our legs and before we knew it was nearly 9pm when our thoughts turned to dinner. We arrived at The Prickly Cactus Launceston just as they were preparing to close but the friendly server very kindly seated us anyway. We promised to order quickly! The extensive menu takes a bit of perusing so order a drink and a starter while you settle in. We decided on the signature Cactus Bread to start as it sounded intriguing. The delicate flaky base was topped with salsa, cheese and garlic but was a little oily for my liking and lacked the heat I would expect from Mexican.
As promised we placed our order quickly and we settled on a shared plate of sizzling chicken fajitas for main. Fajitas are my favourte Mexican dish and we have eaten plenty from around the globe so we know our stuff. In all my travels, I have never been served fajitas quite like those from The Prickly Cactus Launceston. I’m all for changing things up, however the danger in messing with a classic recipe is that comparisons will be made. The Prickly Cactus Launceston serves their fajitas with broccoli and carrot which I found slightly odd, but the biggest disappointment was that the chicken was over cooked and there was no hint of traditional Mexican spices rendering the dish too bland for my liking. The accompanying Mexican rice was pleasant enough but again there was absolutely no heat in the dish as is the norm. The separate tortillas and condiments were the highlight of the dish.
While we were slightly disappointed with our meal, the service was friendly and attentive and the space was casual and welcoming. The Prickly Cactus Launceston is rated #28 of #229 restaurants in Launceston on Trip Advisor and the majority of reviews are positive, so it’s possible we caught them on a bad night. If I returned to The Prickly Cactus Launceston I would be sure to tell them we like it hot and encourage them to really spice it up! If a good steak is more to your liking be sure to check out the Black Cow Bistro where I had one of the best meals of my life.
Have you been to Tasmania? If not check out my post on scoring a bargain airfare. We paid just $55pp for our return Jetstar flight to Launceston using these techniques. While you are in Lonnie be sure to check out Cataract Gorge, a natural wonder only minutes from the CBD. I would love to hear your thoughts on The Prickly Cactus Launceston in the comments below.
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