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Nov 27, 2009 07:11 AM

Mexican tacos de pastor in London?

My first post on the forum, so be gentle!

I'm looking for some authetic Mexican food in London, the burrito chains around Angel are not bad, but hardly authentic. I've tried Wahaca and another place in Covernt Garden whose name I forget, wasn't overly impressed.

I've heard Mestizo is supposed to be good, definitly on my list of places to try. What I'm after however are the simple, but delicious tacos that you get from taco stands all over Mexico. Carne asada, or pastor, with raw onion and coriander, lime and salt topped with green or red salsa. Simple but so good. Shouldn't have to break the bank or fly all the way to Mexico to get this, surely?

Can anyone help me satisfy my cravings?

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  1. I've had decent luck with Taquería near Notthing Hill Gate ( ). The Cochinita Pibil tacos were spectacular. The pastor ones pretty decent. Unfortunately the portions are TINY and the whole thing winds up being pretty pricy. I'll keep my eye on this thread for other suggestions as I seriously miss the local taco truck we had in the states.

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      1. Haven't tried, but walked by Boho Mexico near Spitalfields a few times and seemed worth a try.

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        1. re: limster

          No, Boho Mexica is definitely NOT worth a try. Ranks as probably one of the most disappointing meals of the year - and because someone else chose it, i went without expectations.

          flautas de barbacoa - tasteless pappy lukewarm meat .
          Guacamole - no tang, no flavour.
          The vibe - pretentious end of 'trendy'.. ugh.
          The staff - slow a pretty clueless. we were a big party and orders got mixed up / forgotten.
          Cocktails were pretty decent though, so i guess that's something.

          I don't usually like slagging off restaurants on here for the sake of it, but Limster you gave me the opportunity.. :)

          Boho Mexica
          151 - 153 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ, GB

          1. re: foreignmuck

            Thanks for taking one for the team. Will probably hit Buen Provencho next. BTW the carnitas taco at Casa Morirlta were v good, chiefly because of the flavour of the local pork. Nice depth in their taco with chicken and green mole too, nutty and tangy but balanced.

        2. El Burrito does pastor...but they add pineapple. Dunno how authentic this is really but supposed to be quite good:

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          1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

            The authentic version of al pastor is supposed to have some pineapple as part of the marinate.

            1. re: limster

              Sounds like a fair interpretation then, by any means. Thanks for the info.

              1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

                I definitely agree about is a little pricier than Wahaca but the tacos do have a certain edge to them. If you haven't been to Mestizo, you should go; it's definitely the most authentic Mexican restaurant in the capital. Order the taco tray to share.

                1. re: Fromchiletochocolate

                  Don't mean to be snarky or critical, I just want to know if they really spell Oxaxca, Whahaca? And if so if anyone knows why, please let me know. It kind of boggles.

                  1. re: Candy

                    Phonetic spelling has more mass appeal and is much easier to get used to than the correct spelling, which would confuse and alienate a lot of potential visitors, I suspect. Good decision on their part, in my opinion.

                    1. re: Ibrahim.Salha

                      Ridiculous name, ridiculous prices, plain awful food. Only good for posing in trendy Islington.

          2. Thanks for all your replies! I will check out all the place mentioned.

            By the way, my experience is that in northern mexico they don't add pineapple to the tacos al pastor, but in central and southern Mexico they do.. Anyhow, it's all about the meat!