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Nineteen Ten: The BEST Burritos in London at the Westfield London!

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  • Nomi Dec 14, 2008 08:25 AM

Has anyone been to Nineteen Ten in the foodcourt of the Westfield London? Their tacos and burritos are superb!

Their barbacoa is the best I've ever tasted. Their steak filling was lovely, juicy and pink when I had it the other week.

Their range of salsas and other fillings are all of a very high quality, as are their freshly made tortilla chips. Oh! And their pinto beans (I haven't tried their black beans) are the best I've had in London!

They're probably my favourite CalMex joint in London now. Anyone else been there and is feeling the love?

Link:

http://uk.westfield.com/london/find/d...

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  1. I spotted this place in Westfield after I'd just eaten so haven't tried it yet - however next time I venture to Westfield I shall be checking it out!

    1. Really? I was not impressed.

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      1. re: orangeacme

        Yep, pretty much.

        What were you not impressed by?

        1. re: orangeacme

          Sadly I have to agree with orangeacme... I went a few days after Nomi's recommendation and ordered the tacos, with the chicken, barbacoa and carnitas. By the time I got my food and carried it to a table to tuck in, the tacos were already falling apart thanks to the extremely watery pico de gallo. In fact everything tasted as bland as water - which I could not even believe was possible, even for a 'fast food' joint where usually overseasoning and overcompensating with flavourings is common.

          Guacamole was also tasteless, with no hint of heat, no zingy flavour of lime, very poor.

          I couldn't differentiate between the various meat fillings, maybe a few mild whispers of spice here and there (and this is coming from a supertaster; my palate picks up on anything). Very disappointing overall.

          1. re: supercharz

            Well that's a shame!

            When I went everything I had was superb and zinged with flavour and freshness! I could definitely distinguish between the various meat fillings I had too, as I thought their barbacoa was particularly outstanding. The pico di gallo wasn't watery either.

            Perhaps they're having consistency issues because of the crowds at the Westfield? There was like a mile long queue for Nineteen Ten the other week, which put me off eating there. Perhaps they're cutting corners as a result, which is a pity because the meal I had from there two or so weeks ago was really excellent.

            1. re: Nomi

              Can't beat Tortllla or Chilangos at the moment for good burritos

              1. re: Nii

                i've been to tortilla a couple of times and while it is good i still don't think it satisfies my "chipotle"-esque craving that i've been trying to find whilst living here. any suggestions?

                1. re: felizglfr

                  I personally think Chilango's is better. I had some disappointing burritios at Chipotle in the U.S - dry pork, hard burrito's. It's like a Mexican McDonalds - but I suppose it does the job.

                  1. re: Nii

                    Went to Chilangos last night, and had a really lovely burrito. I've never been to Mexico, or even had Mexican food in the US, so I'm not sure exactly *how* good these things can be, but certainly for shredded pork inside a wrap with black beans and salad, it was very tasty :)

                    I believe they cook the pork sous-vide to keep it moist before frying it, and it certainly shows - the juiciest burrito in London, way better even than the wildly popular burrito van on Whitecross Street in the East End.

                    1. re: monkeytennis

                      I went to Chilangos last night and the burrito I had was possibly the best I've had - stuffed full and very spicy (We had the Chilango (hottest) salsa). I had chicken and my husband had pork, both with pinto beans (I've never tried black beans and not sure if I like them).

                      Nice little place with really friendly staff! Will be back for sure!

                  2. re: felizglfr

                    I tried Tortilla the other week and couldn't believe how similar it was to Chipotle, i almost asked if they were simply the UK franchise of the same company.

          2. Went yesterday. I had the carnitas burrito (with pintos, salsa verde, cheese, and sour cream), which was very bland. It felt like I was eating nothing. My husband had the barbacoa, which was much better. He also had the spicy salsa on his, with black beans. His had much more flavor and kick.
            I got carnitas tacos for my daughter, and they were the same as the burrito.

            We also got the tortilla chips with guac and pico, all of which were very good. The pico was not watery, and the guac had good flavor.

            I think I prefer Mucho Mas or Tortilla for the burrito, but I did like that 1910 didn't nickel and dime me like Mucho Mas does (they charge 75p to sub the mild salsa for the medium one, even on my 3 year old's order. Really?).

            1. Where is Muchas, Tortilla and Chilango please?

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              1. re: cathodetube

                Mucho Mas is on Upper Street in Islington.
                http://www.london-eating.co.uk/33565.htm

                Tortilla - Islington High Street, opposite Angel tube station.
                http://www.london-eating.co.uk/32087.htm

                Chilango - Fleet Street. Possibly a bit of a mission unless you work in the area.
                http://www.london-eating.co.uk/35225.htm

                1. re: DollyDagger

                  Thanks Dolly Dagger. All far from me unfortunately.

                  1. re: cathodetube

                    There's a branch of Tortilla behind the Tate Modern, if that helps at all :)

                    1. re: DollyDagger

                      Thanks Dolly. That is much closer!

              2. was quite impressed with Tortilla, but when I went to Daddy D's on Leather Lane today, it wasn't there... any ideas?

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                1. re: expatlondon

                  They are closed until the 19th. Was going to get a fix today and checked their website.

                2. We went today and were really realy disappointed. Not only did the ordering process leave much to be desired, as in repeating myself about 8 times, the burrito was small compared to Tortilla or Daddy D's and basically flavourless. There was no heat to the salsa verde and my friend got the spiciest option and said it was mild. The lime rice didn't tast like lime and although the steak looked good on the grill, was chewy and hard to swallow. Will never eat there again...

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                  1. re: expatlondon

                    anyone been to Mexicali (Soho/Notting Hill) recently? It was great when it first opened but not sure if they have kept up their standards?

                    1. re: pj26

                      The Notting Hill branch has closed down.

                      The Soho branch has a keenly priced lunch deal that's worth checking out - 6.90 gets you a burrito and a drink I believe. Otherwise I found it too pricey but a worthwhile place for lunch sometimes.

                      1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

                        there's always a queue out the door for mexicali at lunch i personally do not like it and as mentioned it's well over priced.
                        i happened to be near westfield yesterday so stopped in for nineteen ten...rubbish. there's a branch of wahaca at westfield if you want mexican when you are there i'd go there hands down.
                        mucho mas and tortilla always satisfy my cravings.

                  2. I work over the road from Westfield, so thought I'd check it out to see which camp I was in.

                    I'm not an expert but I'm afraid I'm with those who say it's pretty bland. Filling, but nothing special.

                    1. Just had some tacos from a stall on Lower Marsh (Waterloo) - probably the best I have had in London (out of Chilangos, Wahaca, Mexicali). Three little tacos for £5 - spicy chicken with chorizo, chunky guacamole and salsa and a chilli beef with veges. Very messy to eat ('street food' at its best!) but warmed me up on this grey London day. Will definitely be heading back

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                      1. re: pj26

                        Have you tried Taqueria on westbourne grove? They have a good selection of Tacos though imo they lack spice and it's overpriced considering the small portion size. reminds me of loteria grill in LA a bit.

                        1. re: johnnypd

                          I went there yesterday and would agree that it's expensive given the portions but I guess that's the neighbourhood. No free chips either. The food was lovely. Nice, moist Carnitas, lovely corn, the Carne Asada was decent. The upscale, boutique feel reminds me of the super duper Mercadito in NY.

                          They have a bunch of cool-chile goods for sale if you need to restock on chipotle (who doesn't!?!). There are also little bottles of habanero sauce on the table, which helps considering the usual british restaurant tactic of woefully under-spicing.

                          Staff are lovely.

                          I'm going to continue the mexican exploration with some real live mexicans this month so hope to check out the places mentioned above.

                      2. Mucho Mas on the Islington High Street closed and a Chilango opened in its location. They were giving away free burritos over the weekend, so we waited in the long queue to try one out.

                        My husband and I both had steak and it was really good. Easily the best burrito I've had in London. The steak was juicy and flavorful, and the guacamole was fresh. I got a chicken burrito for the little one, and it was quite good was well. Moist & tasty.

                        The only thing that I thought was a bit strange is that I think they used basmati rice. Not authentic by any means, but I'm not complaining. I'll definitely go back.

                        1. Try Freebird Burritos in Exmouth Market if you're looking for Carnitas, and Daddy D (Leather Lane) and Benito's Hat (Goodge Street) if you're looking for Chicken and beef. Benito's Hat has great beans as well. There is also Luardo (Whitecross Street Market) who's burritos taste good, but they are very very skimpy with fillings.

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                          1. re: pcltlon

                            I like Freebird - I've visited the one off Charlotte St and found the filling really generous.

                          2. Finally made it over here today despite living very close, and I have to say it was pretty good. Good points: great tasting steak, nicely spiced and as hot as I wanted it, decently sized. Negative points: inattentive staff adding things I didn't ask for on my burrito (decided to stick with it and live a little) and the burrito being quite cold. Not as good as Chilango or Benito's Hat, but very acceptable.