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Vibrant: Boho Mexica

Vibrant: Boho Mexica

Welcome to a collection of articles rounding-up the easiest eating places in London for particular cuisines. We’re not essentially speaking authenticity right here, fairly the type of meals we actually like to eat. Value is stored firmly in thoughts, and most of our picks symbolize this. On the flip aspect, in fact, some locations are so good that they’re value saving up for. As ever, please do tell us your ideas and different suggestions within the feedback under.

Boho Mexica

This vibrant Spitalfields eatery considers itself amongst London’s most genuine Mexican eating places, and it might have a case for it given the kitchen makes use of solely recipes handed down via generations of the proprietor’s household. The ensuing menu is more durable to work out than some, however all of the extra rewarding for it: a tomatillo soup is sharp, refreshing and slightly uncommon, whereas grilled pork in a discount of hibiscus and purple wine is tender, richly flavoured and stylish. Among the extra acquainted gadgets are tacos, quesadillas and empanadas, which profit from slowly cooked, intricately spiced meat fillings that boast flavours which go properly past quick meals.

Café Pacifico

This lengthy-operating Covent Garden bar has been serving Londoners tequila in copious quantities for round 30 years, and has a loyal following consequently. There’s no getting away from the truth that it’s the drinks that are the actual attraction, however the Tex-Mex dishes are robust examples of hearty Mexican fare at its most enjoyable. Share fajitas or tuck into quesadillas as you’re employed your means (responsibly) by way of the drinks listing.

Casa Morita

Set within the nonetheless barely shabby part of Brixton Market, Casa Morita is a slicker operation than its rustic, mismatched set-up may recommend. Homemade tacos are themselves nicely seasoned and pleasantly chewy, whereas all method of toppings, fillings and salsas main on recent, zingy flavours and positively don’t skimp on lime or coriander. Well priced and nicely proportioned mezcal cocktails are additionally a excessive level.

La Bodega Negra

Decked out like a intercourse store on road degree, this hip and often celeb-ridden Soho haunt majors on type however isn’t too brief on substance, both. It serves small plates of pimped-up and artfully plated Mexican classics from a shabby-stylish basement the place the lighting is low and the music loud. The meals is crowd-pleasing somewhat than genuine, however the likes of pork stomach tacos are indulgent, tender and richly flavoured all the identical. Ask for additional spice in case you like issues scorching, and be ready to pay just a little additional for the environment.

Lupita

More than 50 years in the past, the predecessor to Lupita opened its doorways in Mexico City and shortly made a reputation for itself because of the distinctive charcoal-grilled tacos they served. The workforce introduced it to the UK in 2010, opening up on Villiers Street close to Charing Cross, and it’s in all probability now probably the most genuine trendy Mexicans in London, serving the identical sort of meals you’d discover in Mexico City. The menu spans burritos, tostadas, quesadillas, soups and salads in addition to their well-known tacos, and there’s additionally now a second department on Commercial Street close to Aldgate East.

Mestizo

The identify Mestizo implies fusion, and the menu right here references the blended cultures of recent Mexico and Spain, together with different regional variations in particular Mexican districts. The result’s a extra fascinating and diversified number of dishes than at many a Mexican restaurant, although the likes of nachos, tacos and burritos are all current and proper. We’d notably advocate making an attempt the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch buffet, the place you possibly can whereas the afternoon away for twenty quid and benefit from Mexican-type eggs alongside a rotating number of conventional mains and desserts.

Taqueria

Tacos are the mainstay of this restaurant and takeaway on Westbourne Grove, and it echoes the spirit of the Mexican road merchants that encourage its identify in its simplistic type and quick-informal service. Fluffy selfmade tortillas are full of vibrantly spiced and punctiliously-sourced meat, fish and veg, with a selfmade minced chorizo being among the many highlights. Depending on the choices you plump for, meat is chargrilled and smoky, artisan cheeses are rigorously melted, and peppers are pickled in-home, displaying a dedication to the trigger that you simply definitely don’t discover at each taco joint.

Wahaca

Originally based by MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers, Wahaca is now London’s largest and greatest recognized Mexican restaurant group with 12 branches throughout the capital as nicely common appearances at road meals markets. It’s straightforward to see why it’s so widespread: brilliant environment are matched by massive, shiny flavours however include a small price ticket.  It’s child pleasant, dad or mum pleasant, giant group pleasant, had-a-bit-to-drink-already pleasant, and a lot of the dishes are genuinely bloody good. The earthy frijoles topped with crumbled cheese, substantial steak tacos and freshly pounded guacamole are private highlights, whereas the margaritas are additionally value a go. Save room for chocolate and churros to complete, too.

Also attempt…

Breddos: The road meals stars who made their identify promoting tacos at Netil Market now have a everlasting restaurant in a Haggerston railway arch.

Casa Negra: A Shoreditch outpost of La Bodega Negra, the place drinks play a much bigger position than the dishes.

El Camion: We don’t like this Soho meals bar anyplace close to as a lot as we beloved the now closed Portobello unique, however shiny flavours and an array of chilli sauces are nonetheless pleasers.

El Nivel: Brand new sister bar to Café Pacifico simply down the street. Mexican small plates accompany but extra tequila and mezcal.

Peyote: High-finish Mayfair Mexican from the person who introduced us swanky Japanese Zuma. Precise cooking, however at a worth.

Santo: A combine-and-match menu makes for final selection at this Portobello Road cease-in the place you’ll be able to select your taco-type filling after which determine the way you’ll have it served.

Also within the collection…
London’s Best French Restaurants
London’s Best Italian Restaurants
London’s Best Thai Restaurants
London’s Best Spanish Restaurants

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