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|Address:||11 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RQ|
|Tel:||020 7436 1744|
|Wine: £14.00||Champagne: £30.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm Sun 1-10pm|
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I was hesitant about eating at La Perla; knowing the general standard of Tex-Mex fare in this country, I didn't have particularly high hopes for the meal. Unfortunately, I was right. Catching the end of Happy Hour, we ordered the blended house margarita; this is the worst I've ever had, an icy-watery lime concoction with a hint of tequila. 'World class margarita's' they claim to serve; what a joke.
The place itself is ok, pretty spartan with wooden furniture, and with seating at ground level and below, next to the bar. According to the website, ‘modern Mexican murals, paintings…create a truly Mexican feel’; if you've ever been to Mexico, you may disagree.
To start, we shared some quesadllias which were fine, neither particularly bad or good. Hoping the meal might improve after this point and having moved onto wine (surely a safer bet), we waited for the mains to arrive. Now, I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to chillies but I do like a little kick to my Mexican food. However, there was so little going on that I half wondered if someone had forgotten that vital ingredient. Everything was bland – the street tacos tasted fine but were completely lacking in any zing, the tacos themselves a little flabby and the side of black beans, mediocre to say the least. The chicken enchiladas again were ok, but didn't have any detectable heat to them and the sides of beans and rice didn't look particularly fresh or appetizing. At this point, we decided to give the desserts a miss.
Considering there's so many restaurants in the Charlotte Street/Goodge Street area, it is a wonder this place was busy; I can only assume a lot of people come here for the well stocked tequila bar. With the (not overly generous) mains costing around a tenner, there's much better and more authentic Mexican food at a cheaper price to be found elsewhere in London.