Homegirl London’s Restaurant Review: Taqueria. Homeboy and I decided head over to West London to share a few Tacos and Mexican Street Food. With a mash up of traditional and contemporary ingredients, you’ll get to share taco treats with your lover while you sip on Margaritas. If you’re on the hunt for the best tacos in London, places to eat in Westborne Grove or Mexican Street Food West London, give Taqueria a try.
“Share taco treats with your lover at this contemporary West London Taqueria and don’t forget to order a tequila or two!”
Taqueria Taco and Mexican Street Food Menu
This restaurant started out as a stall on Portobello Road selling tacos and drinks called Cool Chile Co. They moved to this permanent location in 2005 where they’ve been dishing up Mexican fayre ever since. The main emphasis here is the Tacos, hence the revised ‘Taqueria’ name. These are served with traditional and new ingredient combinations in a soft corn tortilla, lettuce leaves or even naked (that’s without a tortilla or lettuce leaf and not by naked staff).
Homeboy and I shared a few vegetarian tacos which included Potato Crispy Tacos. Actually, I must admit that I ate both of those by myself. These were fried tortillas which had been folded over to hold in the filling. Potato, Chihuahua cheese, tomatillo salsa, crema, aged cheese and onion were stuffed inside. It was rather like a fancy cheese and onion pasty cooked Mexican style. I enjoyed the crispy outside which made a nice change from the usual soft taco. I would definitely order this again.
Potato Crispy Tacos
The Plantain Tacos were delicious. Fried plantain was combined with refried beans, crema, aged cheese, chipotle salsa and fried green chile. The fried chile actually made this dish and was crunchy and hot. Wow, the Jalapeno Tacos had real kick. I would eat this first next time and finish off with something a little cooler like the Potato Crispy Tacos to calm down my mouth. A whole roasted jalapeno lay inside the taco with crumbled goat’s cheese, crema, tamarind salsa, almonds, crispy onions and refried beans.
Homeboy also tried the Organic Prawn Tacos which he said were his favorite (I can’t comment because I don’t eat fish). This comprised of griddled prawns with garlic, sweet pico de gallo, guacamole, crispy carrot and chipotle salsa. He looked very pleased afterwards so they must have tasted amazing! Other seafood Taco options included Soft Shell Crab, Seabass and Fish (Pollack). Meat Tacos ranged from Steak to Beef and Pork and they also had a Chicken version. Tacos were priced at around £7.50-8.50 for two smalls pieces. Others were more expensive, the Rib Eye Steak Huarache was £22.50.
Organic Prawn Tacos
Aside from the Tacos, you might want to try the Quesadillas (Pork, Mexican Chorizo, Organic Prawn, Garlic Mushroom or Chipotle Salsa) or a Tostada (Black Bean, Chicken, Tuna or Ceviche). Sides included salad, corn, avocado, fried plantain and spinach. Quesadillas were priced at £3-4.95, Tostadas £3.50-8.90 and Sides £3.5.40.
Black Bean Tostada
Desserts included Churros with Cajeta which we ordered, this was very good but then again, I’m a sucker for Churros. Alternatively, you can try a Crepe or Fried Plantain with ice cream and almonds. Desserts were priced around £3.80-6.60.
Churros with Cajeta
Anyone who loves their liquour will be impressed by the Mezcal Sour, Mexican Beers, Micheladas and Margaritas made with 100% Blue Agave Tequilas. We had a couple of soft drinks which were Horchata (Homeboy’s favourite) and Hibiscus. In the winter months, you can warm up with a Mexican Hot Chocolate made with cinnamon and almonds or Maya Chocolate with allspice, annatto and ancho chile.
This is a sizeable and lovely bright space with floor to ceiling windows. The marble tiled floor gives you a holiday vibe. Large canvas paintings adorn the walls with a Mexican flavour. Otherwise it is quite minimal in terms of décor with a bare brick wall and or grey painted plaster. It has a contemporary feel and is relaxing with tables well-spaced. The room is open planned but has the feeling of two dining spaces with the bar prominent on one of the sides.
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Taqueria Website. The restaurant address is 141-145 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS. The nearest stations are Bayswater (Circle and District), Queensway (Central), Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District) and Westbourne Park (Circle, Hammersmith and City). Current opening times listed are Monday to Thursday 12-11pm, Friday and Saturday 12-11.30pm and Sunday 12-10.30pm. At the weekend, it’s quite family orientated with couples and their young children whilst evenings is an adult crowd. Food is also delivered every day during opening hours by Deliveroo.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.