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Taqueria

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Michelle Grant
Taqueria
Westbourne Grove

The word ‘taquería’ is traditionally associated with street stands churning out endless tacos. They do that here too, but in rather more salubrious surroundings and with a clipboard-toting greeter thrown in for good measure. It’s a charming, independent-feeling little place of two rooms, with dark wood floors and pristine white walls decorated with a few Mexican film posters. The food is equally unfussy: a dozen or so tacos (using corn tortillas made in-house daily), a handful of tostadas and a few monthly changing specials. One taco of ‘house-made chorizo’ came topped with flavoursome mince; a slow-cooked pork version contained meat as soft as cotton wool; another of steak was just the right side of chewy. A ceviche tostada had great texture – silky yet chunky pollack – but tasted too fishy, suggesting it wasn’t the freshest of catches. Service was swift if somewhat harried. To drink, there’s Mexican beer, aguas frescas (cooling fruit or nut-based drinks), an extensive selection of mezcales and tequilas and some fine cocktails. The delicious habanero hot sauce is made by sister operation Cool Chile, and available to buy. The acoustics were our only real cause for complaint – something about the main dining room amplified our fellow diners’ chatter to wince-making levels.

 

Venue name: Taqueria
Contact:
Address: 139-143 Westbourne Grove
London
W11 2RS
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Notting Hill Gate tube
Price: Main courses £3.90-£8.75. Set lunch (noon-4pm Mon-Fri) £6.50 1 course

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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Joy L.

As one who has tasted the real thing in Mexico (and not at a resort town), I have to say that Taqueria comes as close as any I've had in London. It's certainly not the cheapest, but definitely satisfies the taco craving (love al pastor and the choriqueso is amazing, if not very authentic). It's also one of the few places that I can get a Pacifico for a relatively reasonable price!

Clarke

Brilliant such friendly staff and the most authentic Mexican I've had for a while. Unsure why there are no 5 star reviews. Probable worth booking. I was seated straight away.

maria

Bad service. We arrived and it was busy, but we decided to wait at the bar. 1 and a half hours into the 40 minute wait we were disdainfully told we were still 4th on the list. Food looked good, but not worth the wait

QS

Great mexican food in Notting Hill. I have never been dissapointed, neither the tasty enchiladas nor with the great tacos (try al Pastor, cochinita Pibil or the wonderful Tinga). You can have a real classic Margarita (not one of those purple things full of rocks you get in other mexican places around town). Possibly the best street food in town.