London’s coolest Mexican restaurants: 11 places to get your fiesta fill

Tacos, tequila, quesedillas, cervesas – what’s there not to like? Browse our ultimate guide to the coolest Mexican restaurants in London. You can gracias us later

Updated on 28 May 2019 • Written By Tonje Odegard

London’s coolest Mexican restaurants: 11 places to get your fiesta fill

Mexico has given us so much. Piñatas, tortilla machines, colour TV (yes, really), Dias De Los Muertos AKA Day of the Dead, and Frida Kahlo. But most importantly, it has given us some of the best food in the world.

Below, we’ve gathered our favourite cool Mexican restaurants in London, serving all your favourites, from burritos and guacamole, to enchiladas and tacos. Por favor, brace yourselves

 

Casa Morita, Brixton

Chummy, cheerful and cheap, with fast and friendly service, this casual Brixton Market taqueria serves tacos, tortillas, tostadas and quesadillas in abundance – plus a popular brunch of huevos rancheros. Relive your gap year as you drink some of the tastiest margaritas in town, mezcal cocktails, beer cocktails (yes, they are a thing), or the house hibiscus water. And as the name Casa Morita suggests, you do feel like you’re a guest in somebody’s house.

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La Bodega Negra, Soho

Will Ricker’s flagship Mexican is worth checking into just for the thrill of walking directly through the doors of what appears to be a Soho sex shop. Make it past the bouncer and you'll find a subterranean dining room with flickering lamps, peeling plaster and wine-barrel-filled alcoves – plus a tequila bar doling out margaritas of all flavours. Keep your eyes peeled for celebs as you soak up the cool vibe. The supreme tacos on offer are worth the trip, and the tostadas aren’t bad either. If you’re feeling fancy, we would opt for the wood-grilled pork belly with mezcal and salsa, or perhaps the whole sea bream?

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Lupita West, Kensington

If you’re after the authentic taste of Mexico, this racy Latin mini-chain hangout - with its regional specialities such as quesadillas stuffed with chorizo and courgette flowers, or chipotle-doused shrimp tacos - is for you. The drinks list also stays true to its Mexican roots with a fine selection of tequilas, native wines, beers and cinnamon-spiced horchata. The best bit, though? The guac is prepped right in front of your eyes, which will get your mouth watering with its lovely aroma.  

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Mestizo, Euston

Smarter than most Mexican joints in the capital, Mestizo offers a fusion of Mexican and Spanish street-food flavours, from deep-fried tortillas stuffed with spicy fish to regional specialities such as mole huasteco (grilled chicken from the Mexican state of Hidalgo served with spicy chocolate sauce) – all washed down with lashings of tequila. It’s also a dietary-requirement heaven – there are extensive vegan, nut-free, lactose-free and gluten-free menus, and when there’s a dedicated burrito menu, you know you’re in good hands.

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Taqueria, Westbourne Park

Taqueria’s diner-style surrounds might not bring to mind the fast-food joints of Mexico and southern California, but the tostados, tacos, ceviche and quesadillas are the real deal. The lively Latin tunes bring some authenticity (and fun) too. Corn tortillas are made on the premises and stuffed with free-range meats and carefully sourced spices, while tequilas and drinks such as imported beers and horchata spirit quench the thirst. If there’s room for dessert, make sure to give the deep-fried churros a try.

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Wahaca Southbank, Waterloo

It may be a chain, but there’s no denying that former MasterChef UK winner Thomasina Miers’ spirited cantinas shake up a mean margarita, know how to stuff a burrito, and that she and the team still have enough soul and passion in their veins to innovate. The initially temporary site at London’s Southbank is a case in point (it’s been permanent since 2014), with a hip make-do-and-mend feel, a buzzy vibe and great views of the Thames. It waves the environmental flag, too, with the two-storey restaurant being made up of eight recycled shipping containers. The murals and graffiti furthermore encapsulate the life and spirit of the Southbank while simultaneously representing the up-beat Mexican lifestyle. 

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Tortilleria El Pastór, Bermondsey

When the Hart Brothers opened El Pastór in the buzzing Borough Market railway arches, people were going loco for the cheap and delicious tacos. Tortilleria is the brothers' sequel and it has received equal amounts of love. The menu is similar – with home-made tortillas and moreish tacos being the best bits. Try the one with pork shoulder or the fiery vegetarian one with mushrooms, caramelised onions, Oaxaca cheese and coriander. The frozen margaritas are a must-try, too. It’s hard to find, tucked away in another railway arch with few neighbours, and it’s worth noting that it’s walk-in only – but the trip will be well worth your time.   

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Ella Canta, Mayfair

It’s easy to limit our impression of Mexican food to street food-style tacos and shots of tequila, and although that is often the case – and we love it – awesome Mexican cuisine has a posher side, too. This is explored (and executed wonderfully) at Ella Canta, the hotel restaurant of InterContinental Park Lane. The face of Mexico – Frida Kahlo – has inspired the interiors of the quirky and colourful dining room (watch out for her mono-brow on lampshades in the loos) and waitresses sport her hairdo. The food impresses and showcases lesser-seen ingredients but wrapped in the same Mexican poncho of flavours – expect octopus, grasshoppers and duck.  

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El Camion Mexicano, Soho

This Mexican grill showcases the food from the region of Baja Calafornia and we like it – a lot. The authentic shredded chicken tacos are as juicy as you like, but they're nothing to the seafood tacos served here. Start your meal off with tortilla chips and a bowl (or two) of the El Camion house salsa or the guacamole, before you tuck into the messy, but beautiful, tacos, tostadas and enchiladas. If you want to carry the fiesta on, the cocktail bar attached to the restaurant has more than 300 tequilas on offer and top-notch margaritas and daiquiris too.

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Corazón, Soho

If it’s vintage Mexico you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Mexican culture is all about making people happy, especially via your plate and via your glass. Corazón does an epic job of this tricky task by providing vibrant botanas (snacks), signature tacos (our pick of the bunch has to be the calves liver ones) and home-made salsas. The food is hearty, it’s honest and it’s delicious. The same goes for its signature margaritas – don’t leave without trying them.

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Café Pacifico, Covent Garden

This Covent Garden staple has been giving Tex-Mex-loving Londoners authentic Mexican grub since the early eighties, and we’re happy to report it shows no signs of stopping. The margaritas (which have twice been awarded the best margaritas in London) are worth a visit alone, and go fantastically with a meal of fajitas, tacos and ‘Pacifico’s Classics’ of chimichanga and chilli con carne. The duck tacos and bacalao Mexicano are other stand-out dishes. From the whirring ceiling fans to the scuffed tiled floors and the truly authentic food, you’ll feel like you're Down Mexico Way in no time.

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