Homegirl London’s Restaurant Review: Taqueria. Homeboy and I decided to 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 Westbourne 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
The restaurant started as a stall on Portobello Road selling tacos and drinks. 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 ‘Taqueria’ name. The tacos are created 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 bare staff).
Homeboy and I shared a few vegetarian tacos including the Potato Crispy Tacos. 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 order this again.
Potato Crispy Tacos
The Plantain Tacos were delicious. Fried plantain is combined with refried beans, crema, aged cheese, chipotle salsa and fried green chile. The Jalapeno Tacos have a 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 was his favourite (I can’t comment because I don’t eat fish). It comprised of griddled prawns with garlic, sweet pico de gallo, guacamole, crispy carrot and chipotle salsa. He looked delighted afterwards so they must have tasted amazing! Other seafood Taco options include Soft Shell Crab, Seabass and Fish (Pollack). Meat Tacos range from Steak to Beef and Pork, and they also have a Chicken version. Tacos are priced at around £7.50-8.50 for two smalls pieces. The Rib Eye Steak Huarache is £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 include 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 include 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 cost around £3.80-6.60.
Churros with Cajeta
Anyone who loves their liquor 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 the place 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-plan but has the feeling of two dining areas with a bar at one end.
Taqueria Restaurant Information
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). Check online for the current opening times. At the weekend, it’s quite family orientated with couples and their young children while evenings are an adult crowd. The food is delivered every day during opening hours by Deliveroo.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.