Club Mexicana

Mexican, Vegan·

SquareMeal Review of Club Mexicana

It’s long been a safe bet that you’ll find a good meal in Carnaby Street’s Kingly Court, and now that bet is made safer still by the presence of Club Mexicana, a casual - and entirely vegan - eaterie located on the first floor. Trust us when we say you absolutely cannot miss it, because the exterior is painted in a shade of arrestingly vibrant magenta. Inside, space is tight, but the likes of disco ball plant pots and neon signage keep the party vibes going - along with the fact that we kicked off our meal with frozen margaritas from the churning slushie machines on the counter.

Our advice would be to skip the nachos - the portion size is huge, and while the crunchy pickled veg added a welcome punch of flavour, if we’re honest, this reviewer has yet to be entirely convinced by vegan cheese in these quantities. Instead save space for the tacos, because it’s worth trying to sample as many as possible.

The standout is the succulent bbq short ‘rib’ taco - cleverly glazed and impressively textured jackfruit punctuated with pico de gallo, pink onions, salsa verde and pickled jalapeños. But a worthy silver medal goes to the diced ‘chorizo’ and sweet potato taco, the spiciest option in the line-up, albeit balanced with smoky, creamy chipotle mayo.

If it’s truly filthy vegan junk food you’re craving, head directly to the fried chick’n or cheeseburger tacos. And for a dedicated Mexican outlet that doesn’t even really need to include them on the menu, the fries are a revelation - crisp, fluffy and seasoned to perfection.

It’s worth noting that any of these taco fillings can also be ordered as rice-filled burritos or bowls, with optional beans or guacamole - generous, hearty meals that come in under the £10 mark.

Is Club Mexicana likely to disrupt London’s entire Mexican food scene? Perhaps not, but it’s certainly disrupting the vegan one. For a quick and delightfully dirty, well-priced plant based option that will please a crowd with almost any dietary requirement, we fully endorse its charms.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Mexican, Vegan
Fun, Lively, Quirky, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for


This fourth London branch of Club Mexicana (and first permanent site of the brand) brings zingy vegan flavours to the heart of Soho.  The new addition to Kingly Court fits in well to the surrounding foodie scene of international cuisines, striking a balance between casual eatery and food truck.

Founder Meriel Armitage’s Club Mexicana started out as a successful street-food concept, inspired by the LA food scene and traditional Mexican taquerias, and already has residencies and kitchens in Covent Garden, Shoreditch and Hackney. The vegan haven offers plant-based versions of meaty classics, promising a more environmentally friendly taco, nacho and burrito, but still delivering on huge flavour.

The interior is vibrant and buzzy, with neon pink signs and bold colour pop artwork making it a fun option for grabbing a quick bite with friends, even if they aren’t vegan. Think health-conscious LA meets carnivorous Mexican tacos, only without the meat.

Plant-based versions of pork, beef and chorizo are paired up with the likes of guacamole, pico de gallo, pink onions and pickled chillies. Customer favourites from the restaurant’s previous residencies, such as the beer-battered Tofish and MFC (Mexican fried chicken) burritos loaded with pickled cabbage and jalapenos, are all on the menu too.

In true Mexican style, the bar is a carefree, boozy affair replete with frozen grapefruit Paloma margaritas, pickle juice-spiked Micheladas and glasses of natural wine that pair very nicely with a plate of spicy tacos or nachos. On hotter days, punters can cool down outside with a colourful cocktail or kick back with a chilled Mexican beer and there are Square Root sodas for non-drinkers, too.

For dessert there are sweet pumpkin empanadas and a chilli chocolate mousse topped with salted caramel popcorn to round off the vegan feasting. Club Mexicana is a welcome West End addition to London’s fast-expanding and ever-more-interesting vegan food scene.


Are there vegan options on the menu at Club Mexicana?

Yes the menu is vegan and entirely plant-based at Club Mexicana.

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Kingly Court, Soho, London, W1B 5PW

020 7439 9567 020 7439 9567



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