Burrito adds extra spice to Burns night


AYE-REEEBA! Might be the call from restaurant goers who take advantage of a Burns-themed, Haggis Burrito today (Tues).

In honour of Scotland’s Bard whose birthday is celebrated nationwide today, a Tex-mex restaurant in Edinburgh has concocted a burrito using Scotland’s national dish.

Illegal Jacks on Lothian Road will offer haggis burritos for one day only.

Liz Wood, 21, is Canadian and only tried her first haggis on Burns Night last year and sampled the mexican version at Illegal Jack’s.

She said: “It’s different I prefer beef in a burrito but it’s nice to try.

“I like it, I’m not sure it works with the mexican flavours, I like it better with neeps and tatties.”

Her work colleague, Ryan Jaffray, 22, loved the new twist on haggis.  He said: “I’m surprised, it’s quite good.

“I think it works in a burrito, it just goes really well with the Tex-Mex mix.”

Assistant Manageress Kristina Vaitiekute said: “We were looking for ideas for something special to do around Burns Night and a few people suggested a Haggis Burrito.

“We had the chef try a few combinations out, let some people try it and it’s been a hit, so it will be on sale all day and night on January 25. If it proves popular enough, we’ll make it a permanent fixture.”

Wednesday night will also mark the unveiling of the restaurant’s new chilli recipe, which will contain beer from controversial and smash hit brewers BrewDog.

Whyte & Mackay will also be supplying whisky for the Burns night, ensuring everyone gets a dram with their Haggis burrito.

Kristina said: “We’re always looking to improve our recipes. We recently started stocking BrewDog beers and they’ve gone down well with customers, so we looked at adding it to the chilli.

“It’s made quite a difference as it brings out more of the flavour of the meat – but parents don’t need to worry, there’s not enough in there to have an effect on someone. Well, maybe if they ate a full cooking pot of the stuff but no-one’s done that. Not yet anyway.”