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What's for Lunch? Taqueria

By Julie PH Last edited 106 months ago
What's for Lunch? Taqueria

Londonist asks that most pressing of daily concerns: where to go on your lunch break.

Taqueria

139-143 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS

Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate

020 7229 4734

Mon–Thurs: 12:00pm–11:00pm; Fri: 12:00pm–11:30pm; Sat: 10:00am–11:30pm; Sun: 12:00pm–10:30pm

Expect to Pay: £8–£12

Rating: 9 out of 10

Spring, and a young woman’s thoughts turn towards frozen fruity cocktails – margaritas in particular. But as we haven’t yet persuaded our editor to expand this column to include liquid lunches, we ask you to direct your attention away from that margarita for one moment and focus instead on having a proper lunch – solid food apparently. Bollocks.

Taqueria purports to be “a little bit of Mexico in London”. Having sampled – and savoured – the salsa of its parent company, Cool Chile, whilst eating our way through Borough Market, the claim seemed promising.

It did not disappoint. The toasted pepitos – pumpkin seeds coated in salt, chile powder, and lime juice – delivered upon arrival are addictive. We will personally vouch for the camarón al mojo de ajo – garlic prawn tacos with chile chipotle – and the enchiladas verde. And though the smallish serving sizes at first gave this Londonista pause – the product of 27 years of Stateside living – if you start with tostada y tortas and proceed to the tacos, you should come away fully sated. Each of the five in our party – some carnivores, some vegetarians – ordered something different, and each of the five had the same assessment: muy bueno!

About that margarita: Our shallow pockets couldn’t quite cough up the £7 for a watermelon margarita on our first visit, but we are committed journalists, so we dug the change out of our sofa and returned. Served on the rocks with an ancho chile salted rim, it may not be a proper lunch, but it is a glass of frozen fruit happiness.

Photograph by Julie Palmer-Hoffman

Last Updated 17 June 2008

smcossens

Muy buen articulo! Thank you for letting us Londoners know about a true typical Mexican restaurant. Saludos desde Mexico...!

mdnelson

I'm always looking for authentic Mexican when I go to London and haven't found any that I really liked (Wahaca was okay...). Being from San Francisco I have high expectations, but I'll definitely give this a go next time I'm in London! Thanks!

New Yorker in London

Yes, try this place next time you're in town. I went for the first time last week and loved it. I used to live in San Francisco and San Diego and found the tacos at Taqueria to be pretty authentic. In any case, they're the best I've had in London.

DeanN

Excellent. Will be visiting this week, most definitely.

TaqueriaUK

We think it's time for you guys to come back to our Taqueria so you can update this very nice review!