23 January 2011
Last night four of us went to Taqueria in Notting Hill. Taqueria is a Mexican restaurant on Westbourne Grove. I haven't eaten Mexican food in a long, long time so I was really excited about trying something and somewhere new.
You can't book a table at Taqueria so you're either lucky enough to bag one or you need to wait at the bar until one becomes available. We arrived at 7.30pm and managed to get one of the last tables. The place was already buzzing and rocking.
The interior is simple but stylish. They have definitely made the most of the space.
The staff are great too. Friendly and polite without being in your face or overbearing.
The menu is simple enough, a choice of Antojitos, Tostadas, Sopas and Tacos. They also have a lot of extras too.
We kicked off the meal by ordering beers and margaritas. The margarita was delicious. A great kick, especially with the salt.
We decided to get a selection of different dishes and so ordered the following to start:
Quesadillas with chicken. Botana (to share) which is refried beans with crumbled cheese, guacamole, salsa, pickled jalapenos and totopos and a Caldo tlalpeno which is a soup of chicken broth, chicken, chickpeas, rice, avocado, chile chipotle, diced onion, corriander and lime.
The three dishes kind of arrived at the same time, there was a slight delay between the Botana and the Quesadilla and Caldo tlalpeno. The Botana was good and we all liked the refried beans. They don't look that appetising but were absolutely moreish. The Quesadilla was delicious, small but delicious. The soup looked and tasted the best we think.
For our main course we all became a little predictable and ordered the Taco Carne Asada which is char grilled skirt steak, avocado mash and salsa Mexicana. We ordered a side of the black beans, so the Frijoles refritos. The Tacos came and looked good. They tasted just amazing. The skirt steak delicious against the fresh avocado and salsa. They salsa was gentle and didn't overpower the dish.
For pudding we ordered a Pudin de vainilla which is a vanilla pudding with hibiscus syrup and of course Churros Con Cajeta, home made churros with cajeta.
Both puddings were unbelievably good. The plates were licked cleaned and we could have easily ordered the same again. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
Dinner came in at £130 including service. However there were four of us and I alone drank three margaritas which are £7 a pop.
I guess my main criticism is that Taqueria is almost a Mexican tapas restaurant. The food is delicious but the portions are small. It's great if you want to order a number of dishes and pick but if you're looking for a traditional three courses then this isn't for you.
I would definitely go back. The food was very good, the service delightful and it's in a good spot. Plus the margaritas are amazing.
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