taquería

Virtually absent from the dining scene five years ago, Mexican cuisine is finally gaining ground in London with a slew of cheerful chains popping up on the high streets – the most notable being US burrito giant Chipotle which has done so well it already has plans to expand, with a second branch soon opening in Marylebone. These fast food joints are fine for a quick lunch fix, but if you want the real deal there isn’t any better place for it in town than Taquería on Westbourne Grove.

The sunny casual eatery offers a wide range of dishes (quesadillas, tostadas, enchiladas etc.), many of which feature their soft corn tortillas made in-house daily; but what they specialise in are tacos, with no less than 15 variations in all. We bypassed the popular Carnitas (slow-cooked pork) on our recent Saturday afternoon visit and went straight for the Camarones al Mojo de Ajo and Puntas Albañil. The former was a trio of mini tortillas topped with creamy avocado mash and garlicky grilled prawns with smoky chipotle and coriander. Delicious small bites – perfect with a squeeze of lime and a spoonful of tomatillo salsa.

The messy Puntas Albañil tacos were even tastier – pan-fried skirt steak with chunks of bacon, tender onions, green chile and sliced avocado on larger corn tortillas. I eagerly wolfed it down, chasing it with a refreshing gulp of Pacifico.

In addition to the tacos we ordered a more substantial plate of Huevos Rancheros Clásicos from the lunch menu. Two soft-yolked fried eggs on crispy tortillas smothered in a tomato, onion and green chile sauce served with homemade Mexican chorizo, refried beans and crumbled cheese. Simply gorgeous.

One bite into the Huevos I contemplated ordering a portion of Mexican chorizo quesadillas (they are SUPER GOOD) but was properly stuffed by the time the plate was wiped clean. Still, that didn’t stop us from finishing off with some cinnamon sugar-dusted churros. The sickly chocolate dip was a bit heavy on the condensed milk for our liking, but the doughnuts themselves were incredible crunchy sticks of sugared goodness.

Aside from the very tasty authentic Mexican nosh served up by a really lovely bunch of staff, Taquería also boasts a well-stocked bar with an extensive range of tequilas and Mexican lagers. And if you’ve not eaten your fill there’s an entire wall of Cool Chile Co ingredients and tortilla presses on sale for you to whip up your own tacos at home.

Taquería
139-143 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2RS
t. 0207 229 4734

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~ by gourmettraveller on August 21, 2011.

12 Responses to “taquería”

  1. Love this place – very convenient to my flat as well.

  2. This place looks like a great addition to the London restaurant scene!

  3. Sounds like my kind of place. Lovely photos.

  4. This looks fabulous! We have a great, authentic Mexican restaurant where I live in the Southern US (a rarity to have authentic) and I treasure it!

  5. Am so glad someone finally wrote this review. It was one of our favorite spots when we were living nearby. Very consistently good Mexican food. We especially liked the ceviche tostadas. Am sad I never did a review (never had decent pictures), but now you’ve gone and done it for me!

  6. Thanks so much for the recommendation! Have been on the hunt for good Mexican in London since my latest trip to San Fran. Will be planning an excursion to this place.

  7. What are prices like at Taqueria these days?
    I went about a year ago and they were ridiculously extortionate which stopped me from returning…

    I could think of another place in London that would serve me the same quality I was served back then at Taqueria for less than half the price.

    • Really? I didn’t find the prices all that bad at all. Huevos Rancheros are £7 (+ £1 supplement if you want to add Mexican Chorizo) and that by itself would pretty much fill you up for lunch. Tacos range from £4.10 – £6.65 – so again, nothing too crazy.

      • Yes, last time we went we spent £40 a head when we would have spent £25 elsewhere for the same stuff.
        Maybe they have revised their pricings and, if so, good on them!

  8. I’d never heard of Taqueria, but it’s probably not on my radar as not really my neck of the woods. Sounds wonderful though – think I may have to make a special visit!. You can’t beat creamy avocado, spicy prawns and tiny tortillas… :-) Those churros look lovely too and not too greasy.

  9. This all looks fantastic! I would love to go to this place!

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