Has the burrito bar trend peaked with the arrival of the huge and much-hyped Chipotle chain from the US? Judging by the queues out into the street during Chipotle’s first week – up to half an hour just to reach the counter – Londoners still can’t get enough of them.
The appeal of the burrito is obvious: lots of squidgy stuff in your hands, bold flavours, instant gratification once you get stuck in.
Chipotle claims to be a cut above the existing London burrito bars, and it certainly charges premium prices for its wraps filled with ‘food with integrity’, but it’s still a fast food joint, not a place for lingering.
The most popular dish is the chicken burrito at £6.60, made with grilled ‘higher welfare’ chicken that’s been marinated in chipotle adobo (a paste made from chipotle chilli).
Other fillings include braised beef, grilled steak, pork and a vegetarian black bean option. There are also tacos and salads, but these are for wimps. And is it just us, or is the ‘medium hot’ salsa actually pretty tame?
Decent burritos, then, but not sensational enough to light our fire.
114-116 Charing Cross Road
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; 11am-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £18|
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Chipotle is a no-frills selfservice and take-away restaurant with a delightful short no-frills menu. You can choose the filling of your burrito or taco. The ingredients are definitely very tasty and of high quality and meat and chicken come from farm assured, organic sources - something you will not find easily elsewhere. I chose my burrito with chicken, lovely brown rice, salsa, sour cream, black beans and cheese. As a side I ordered tortilla chips and guacamole. The burrito was the best I ever had and believe me I had quite a lot in a lot of restaurants in different countries. Fresh, tasty, generous. The kind of burrito which puts a smile into your face and makes you think 'Wow caramba'. The tortilla chips are fresh and superb and do not resemble the salty fatty stuff you tend to get elsewhere. The guacamole is fresh and delightful. There is also a choice of softdrinks and even beer. I had a belvoir elderflower, my husband had a Corona with his incredibly good steak burrito. And on top? The restaurant is clean and tidy, the staff is friendly, professional, genuinely smiling and easy-going, the music is plesant and not loud and you can sit down and relax. All that will not ruin you moneywise. Prices are very very moderate considering the tasty, high quality, wow caramba food you get. Chipotle really saved our evening after another experience in another restaurant earlier that evening. VIVA CHIPOTLE!!!
I had a burrito and I found it to be very stodgy! I would probably try the lighter options next time! On the other hand, this restaurant had a few good points! Everything is fresh and made on site.. I even witnessed one of the staff mashing some avocados! In comparison to tortilla at canary wharf it is 100 times better!!
The best burrito restaurant in the capital. no doubt. get the steak - delicious meaty chunks - and the sweetcorn relish, which is a Chipotle special. Slightly more price than other burrito houses, however it's by the freshest, tastiest and has the best quality meat. Trust - the legwork has been done.
Love it! It's the perfect quick and healthy lunch (less the sour cream). The que out the door looks long but you'll be in and out the door in a jiffy and trust me it's worth the wait! The food is fresh and tasty, and the prices are reasonable.
Nice fast food. The chicken was the only meat non salty that night. Guacamole as an extra £1.40 is a steal. Nice atmosphere and very nice staff.