Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Places To Eat In London: Taqueria, Westbourne Grove

While my favourite thing to eat out is no doubt brunch, coming in at a close second is good Mexican food. This, paired with the fact that Taqueria, the tiny little Mexican cafe I sampled last weekend is in my favourite Notting Hill area Westbourne Grove, I sort of knew I would be onto a winner; and that was before I tasted the food! Also, a side note before I begin: when the bill came we were totally shocked. £30 for soft drinks, two mains, a side and two desserts in London? Please tell me where else, other than The Diner you can get food that tastes as amazing for this sort of price in the city?
One quick tip for decifering the menu: though the ingredients are listed mostly in English, or the flavours of whatever it is, unless you don't mind being a little adventurous, unless you know a lot about Mexican food or you speak Spanish and you want to know exactly what you're getting take a Spanish dictionary. 
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While I was very tempted by the watermelon mojitos, I was super glad I opted to try the watermelon soft cooler instead. The taste was so refreshing, light and divine, I want them to bottle it and sell it so I can enjoy it every afternoon at home I opt to sit on the patio with a book in the sun. 
Now, I don't eat peanuts, but I decided to include this photo of the nibbles we were presented with while we pondered the menu as they looked amazing, and I was assured they were amazing too. 
Usually, I'm very good at being decisive and choosing off of the menu, but here there were so many amazing things I wanted to try, my eyes kept of darting around the room to see what other people were eating. Apparently Sherin, my dining partner that day had never seen me looked so panicked in the couple of years she has known me. In the end, I just decided to go for the first tacos listed on the menu, as I realised I'd never actually eaten tacos out in a restaurant before. The delicious combination of marinated pulled pork, onions, coriander and pineapple made me want to eat many, many more of them...
As a side, I went for Mexican fried rice with fried plantain, both of which were divine. I'm a big fan of flavoured rices, and this was perfectly spiced, and the plantain was cooked to perfection. 
Sherin has a mushroom and salsa Tostadas, which is basically a cheese topped tortilla with the filling spooned on top. I ate a large portion of the mushroom and salsa topping as she found it a bit too spicy, and it was mouth wateringly good. I don't usually think of mushrooms as Mexican food, but the flavours blended perfectly. I need more of that fresh salsa in my life. 
For dessert, we both went for the Churros, which were perfectly crispy and fried before being coated in cinnamon, served with goats milk liquid toffee. I'm used to having my Churros with a chocolate dip, so this made a very welcome and very delicious change. 

I really can't wait to go back to Taqueria to try so many of the other delicious things on the menu, as well as maybe some of the cocktails too. Where are your favourite Mexican restaurants in London?


  1. I don't think I've ever had Mexican in a proper restuarant, I've only ever had nachos & tacos from those fast food places. You've definitely made me want to try it properly!

  2. Oh I just knew I shouldn't have looked at this, my tummy is now rumbling so badly! Everything looks delicious :) xx

  3. I've been to Mexican restaurants before, there are two amazing ones where I live, but they are good Mexican cooked by English people, and this 'real' Mexican just blew them out of the water, just in the flavour department for starters!

  4. I love mexican food! I have been to Wahaca in Covent Garden which is lovely, I'll have to give this place a go as I'm always looking for new places to try out in London that aren't too expensive :) thanks for sharing! xx

  5. I love Mexican food! I've been going to Wahaca but the queues are always crazy in there, and last time I went I had to give up on my churros because the service was so slow! This looks incredible though, pulled pork tacos? I'm there! Will definitely check this out when I'm in London.

  6. Oh dear, that's just made me hungry!


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  8. I'm Mexican and I can tell you that Taqueria is one of my favorites Mexican restaurants.
    Wahaca is ok, but is not authentic. If you want to try real Mexican you should go to: Taqueria, Meztizo, Lupita and El Santo.... Really good food and for the same price as Taqueria.
    No I'm tempting to have dinner in some of those places.
    I'm glade you have enjoyed it.

  9. Everyone keeps on mentioning Wahaca, and I've never eaten there - though, after reading some of the other comments on this post, not entirely sure I want to!

  10. This sounds AMAZING, I am going to have to try this place out!

    Maria xxx

  11. ahh i love the taqueria, my mum and i used to go all the time. really like their tostadas & tamales. i found the service to be quite slow & the staff fairly rude but the food more than makes up for it. its been years since i last went so maybe things have changed by now xx

  12. The service was still pretty slow, but I did not have any problems with the staff.

  13. Hi Rachel. Lovely words about our Taqueria. I hope you've managed to come and see us again since you wrote the review. Now we are on FB and Twitter... It'd would be nice if you share it with us on our social media! Thanks again and see you soon !