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Decent Mexican in London??

Chairman Mao Jun 11, 2006 09:14 AM

Is it possible to eat authentic, imaginative Mexican food in London??

Sick and tired of bland mince in various wrappings. There must be more to it than that?

Help - restore my faith!

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    angela gilliam RE: Chairman Mao Jun 11, 2006 02:19 PM

    check out www.elaztecafood.co.uk

    it's a mexican product shop near elephant and castle which also cooks and delivers meals every friday. we have ordered twice, and both meals were excellent. i am no afficionado, but the owner/chef is mexican and they serve real mexican food; posole, chiliquile, taquitos, etc. they offer 2 choices, and the total is £5.50 per person including delivery within zone 1-2.

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      Tony Finch RE: angela gilliam Jun 12, 2006 08:32 AM

      In terms of Mexican restaurants, the answer is no. They are useless. There is absolutely no point in going to a Mexican restaurant in London.

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        Junebug RE: Tony Finch Jun 12, 2006 09:55 AM

        I'd have to second that view. There is no decent Mexican food to be had in London.

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          balex RE: Junebug Jun 12, 2006 01:56 PM

          I think the situation has improved a lot in the last two years with Taqueria and Mestizo, but they are still a long way off the good stuff. If you live in London, then thye are your best bets; if you don't, then don't bother. Go to Indian or Cantonese or even (ahem) British food, such as it is.

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      w/l RE: Chairman Mao Jun 11, 2006 07:34 PM

      There's a place in Euston Road, just a few minutes walking from the Warren Street station. I think it's called Mestizo. Not great, but pretty damn good tacos and everything else we had was generally quite tasty (except for the guacamole, sigh). A few annoying hiccups in the service - they tried to hard to upsell us on starters, for instance, and when we stood our ground we were obviously branded the "difficult" table - but overall the food made up for it.

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        Bradbury RE: Chairman Mao Jun 12, 2006 02:57 AM

        Taqueria on Westbourne Grove might be worth a try. It's not the most truly authentic place, but has a nice and often creative selection of Mexican tapas-style dishes: good tacos, sopes, tortas, etc.

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          atodedeus RE: Chairman Mao Jun 27, 2006 03:11 PM

          There's a small place called Crazy Homies on Westbourne Park Road which actually has pretty decent mexican. I've only been once so I can't vouch for consistency, but the chips and salsas were tasty (yes, I'm american, so it's chips) and the burritos weren't half bad. I'm told the quesadillas (although they were called something else, if I remember correctly) were pretty good as well. Definitely worth a try if you're in the neighborhood.

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            Noogs RE: Chairman Mao Jun 29, 2006 12:13 PM

            There is a new gem of a place tucked away near the top of Brick Lane on 51 Bethnal Green called Green and Red Cantina. Top shelf tequila and the food from the Jalisco region is to die for. Proper mexican food and staff. I challenge you to hate it.

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