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Mexican Dinner Night

You would never suspect finding such authentic Mexican food in the Shinsaibashi district of Osaka, concrete jungle of Japan. El Pancho has been very popular since they first opened in 1979, and they will surely meet or exceed your expectations if you enjoy Mexican cuisine. (It's not the westernized version that most of you are used to) The restaurant also offer drinks that are off the Acapulco beach, Vegetarian meals, and I'm quite sure they make their own chips on site. The decor is legendary and tells the tale of thousands of satisfied customers who felt the need to leave a message on the walls, and with Mexican collectibles all over the place, it sure gives an authentic feel :)

For more details about this restaurant, please go to their Tabelog site or Bento.com(English).

I haven't decided whether we order by a la carte or do a course, but the price will be about 3000~4000 yen. If you prefer a vegetarian option, please let me know in advance.

The restaurant is located on the 8th floor of Shinsaibashi Tower, right across from UNIQLO. Take exit 1 from Shinsaibashi station and walk underground to North exit 8 which has escalator up to Shinsaibashi suji. (The building is on the right side, right off the exit.) The reservation is under my last name, Fukuda.

Hope to see you then >:)

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  • Kathryn W.

    Brilliant evening, with lovely people. Very excited to see everyone again! :)

    1 · February 15, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      It was great to see you, Kathryn and Olly :) Proud to have more and more members from the UK, and yes, Kobe soon for sure. Touch base later ;)

      February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad to have made the list! I look forward to meeting everyone tonight.

    1 · February 15, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      Likewise, Maddy :) See you tonight!

      February 15, 2013

  • Tomo P

    Hi Ryuichi san.
    I' ll show up around 7: 20.
    I can't make on time due to work .

    February 15, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      No problem :) See you tonight!

      February 15, 2013

  • Yuki

    Hi, Ryuichi san.
    I have cought a bad flu and I don't think Nyanko and I can make it tomorrow unfortunately.
    so sorry about that!

    February 14, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      No worries, Yuki! I truly hope you'll get better soon and to see you at the next event :) Thanks for letting us know.

      February 14, 2013

  • Chiyo K.

    Ryuichi-san, so sorry... I've got a business dinner and have to cancel... I hope this would not cause a problem and everyone would enjoy the meal. Hope to see you soon!

    February 14, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      Aw, that's too bad.. Catch you later then :(

      February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi ! I'm Rina. I just sign up for Meet up. I love talking and meeting new people. But my English is not good enough><.... Can I join you?

    February 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ryuichi^^ Thanks a lot for your message!! I've just joined *Wine Festival*^^ My schedule is open for now, so I hope I can join in Mexican Dinner Night. I'm looking forward to meeting you too!! Thank you ^^

      February 12, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      Great! See you then, Rina :)

      February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there!
    I just signed up for this Meetup website. It's my first time to come to this meetup thing... Since I wanted to make friends around Osaka and Kobe, I signed up for this Mexican Dinner Night. Thought I love Mexican food, I hope I won't be out of place because I don't know any of the ppl coming.. daijyoubu desuka? I'm chotto nervous.

    February 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for your kind words, Kathryn, Ryuichi and Jeff!! I really appreciate them!! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and other ppl :)

      1 · February 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Rich, thank you for your message!! I'm anshin shita because the people in this group have sent me nice messages :) I can't eat much but I enjoy yummy food especially Mexican food! looking forward to seeing you at the event ;)

      February 12, 2013

  • Shane

    For those of you who are new to MeetUp, let me assure you that Ryuichi-san is an excellent host! He always makes sure that everyone is comfortable and happily introduces folks to each other. You are in very good and capable hands with Ryuichi-san! And the food at El Pancho is A-1! Again, minna-san, enjoy!

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Shane! Thank you for your message :) I feel a lot less nervous after reading the messages from you and other ppl. I'm I hope to see you sometime soon ;)

      2 · February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I can't come ><
    I mistook the date and I though it was Saturday!
    So sorry!

    February 10, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      Nooo.. Another time for sure, Rita. This place is awesome.

      February 11, 2013

  • Ryuichi

    Update: I was able to get 4 more seats :)

    February 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I feel so lucky that a spot opened up! Can't wait to meet everyone! This is literally my favorite Mexican restaurant in Asia! Btw, Ryuichi, for those of us who tend to devour everything in site at Mexican places, it may be fairer for everyone to pay a la carte. But whatever is fine. :)

      February 7, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      Katherine> :)

      Jeff> I'm glad you can join us this time, and we look forward to meeting you then! And thanks for the note. I, too, think it's always better to pay a la carte because that gives more variety in food, plus our preference must be different. The only problem, when we gather a large group, is that it takes a long time for the cooks to prepare all the meals at once. Sometimes, they forget some orders, too.. I still need to figure a few things about the food, but it's usually better to go with a course, in order to avoid any means of stress that is. I'll keep you posted!

      February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to bring my best friend :)

    February 4, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      Very cool! See you then, Rita ;)

      February 7, 2013

  • Chiyo K.

    Maxican! Yay!

    February 4, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      Yay, Chiyo, can't wait to see you again soon!

      February 7, 2013

  • Kathryn W.

    Hello! Thank you for letting me come to the Mexican night. I was wondering whether my boyfriend Olly could join too, if there is enough space? No worries if not! Look forward to meeting you all!

    :)

    February 5, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      Hi Kathryn. Welcome to Osaka, and we very much look forward to meeting you at El Pancho. I'm sorry, but the RSVP is very full at the moment.. I'm going to stop by the restaurant tomorrow to arrange the food with the owner, so I'll ask him and see what they can do :) I'll keep you posted!

      February 5, 2013

  • Shane

    Oh Ryuichi, I am so disappointed that I can't join you all at El Pancho, but I have "another engagement", as they say. Darn! I happened by chance onto El Pancho a few months ago and really enjoyed both the food and the experience. I'm from California in the States and really know good, authentic Mexican food. And I've been waiting for a chance to return. Oh well, next time, I hope. Enjoy, everyone!

    February 3, 2013

    • Ryuichi

      I'm sorry to hear you already have other plans.. Well, it's certainly a great place, and I don't mind going there more than once a month: If you need company, just let me know :) Hope to see you again soon, Shane!

      February 3, 2013

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