Taqueria

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With its lively Latin beats, bare floors and portraits of revolutionary hero Zapata on the walls, this cheerful, scruffy and cheap little dive captures the old boho buzz of Notting Hill. Messy but delicious Mexican food is the order of the day, so get your fingers around succulent palm-sized tacos – perhaps stuffed with shredded slow-cooked pork, pickled jalapeño, green pepper and citrus. There are also crispy tostadas topped with ceviche, as well as home-cured chorizo, chicken marinated in beer, and even smoked cod with guacamole, roast corn and chipotle – all backed by essential sides such as refried black beans. Be sure to save room for some deep-fried churros or a rich pudding with cajeta (the Mexican version of dulce de leche). Drink beer and Tequila if you’re brave, ‘aquas frescas’ (flavoured water) if you’re not.

Good to know about Taqueria

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
South American
Ambience
Buzzy, Traditional
Food Occasions
Brunch

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Location for Taqueria

139-143 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RS

Opening Times of Taqueria

Mon-Fri, Sun 12N-11pm (Fri -11.30pm Sun -10.30pm) Sat 11am-11.30pm

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03 May 2013

At Taqueria, the service is very good. With that out of the way, the dining room is cramped, the menu is not confusing in a classical, London “small-dish-you-need-at-least-25-per-person” way, but seems to be specifically design to confuse and mislead. Some “starters” are (far too) large, some “mains” are tiny even by nouvelle cuisine standards. The good point is, that this is good Mexian food made out of good ingredients, so whatever the randomly assigned portion size, you will not be left felling terrible. A very 21st Century Notting Hill Mexican experience then (Mexico City on Regent's Canal anyone?) , but one where as so often the “concept” has spoiled an otherwise good kitchen. One leaves feeling sorry for the staff who do their best to explain the maze of a menu and are exhausted from constantly answering questions about what is what and how its made.

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08 May 2012

for 6 quid at lunchtime (12-4pm weekdays) you can have a bowl of warming broth (caldo tlapeno) with chicken, rice, avocado and chickpeas. Its filling and delicious and comes with two quesadillas on the side – perfect for re-fuelling I agree with the other reviewers – this is not greasy tex mex – this place serves authentic tasting mexican tacos

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15 October 2011

Tapas-style dishes are perfect as there are so many options on the menu that it's difficult to pick just one dish! Taqueria is a cute neighbourhood restaurant that's casual and fun.

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06 June 2011

Attentive service; cheerful explaination of items on menu which are lesser known outside of Mexico; cosy atmosphere; and inexpensive for a light meal that is very different. Great place to meet friends at.

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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. For more reviews search Eatreview on Wordpress.

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