After spending four months Stateside, I come home to find a number of Mexican eateries have sprung up across London. Although I haven't yet had a chance to sample any of the below, it's exciting times for Mexican food in London.
Cantina Laredo, a place I am familiar with from the USA. It's a more upmarket restaurant and the menu looks great as well as not being too badly priced. While the group's first UK joint (many more are planned) has only been open a couple of weeks, the early reviews are positive and I cannot wait to try it out....especially before the prices go up, which often seems to happen when places take off. Become a fan of the group on Facebook!
Cantina Laredo, 10 Upper St Martin's Lane, St Martin's Courtyard, WC2H 9FB
At the other end of the spectrum, I see that the humble burrito continues to go from strength to strength. Benito's Hat are opening a second outlet in Covent Garden. For further details, see this link or my map of places to eat (at the bottom of this blog).
Benito's Hat, 56 Goodge Street & New Street (coming soon)
The most long-awaited burrito place in London this year must be the ubiquitous US-based Chipotle on Charing Cross Road. Since opening in May, it's had rather mixed reviews but that's unsurprising considering all the hype. It certainly isn't the cheapest burrito around, but it might just be the most eco-friendly judging by the company's ethos.
Chipotle, 114 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JR
And last but not least, TACO BELL is making a comeback in Britain; yes, you no longer need to be Air Force personnel to visit one on British soil*. Considering the above, it's no surprise that the US fast food giant is getting back in the scene, with its first outlet in the food court at Lakeside Shopping Centre. I see they've gone for a classy location then.
Taco Bell, Food Court Level 3, Lakeside, West Thurrock, RM20 2ZP
*the only Taco Bells left in the UK since the early 1990s are at RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath.