Taqueria

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Taqueria
Michelle Grant
Taqueria

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
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L-J
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It's Saturday night,  you are in Notting Hill, when is it not a good idea to drink Margaritas and eat Tacos?!


The Taqueria I had been warned would most likely be busy at this time, word on the street it is very good, I had also been informed if they don't have a table available on arrival for you, they will take your number, and give you a ring when one is ready. This is already appealing to me as my absolute pet hate, is restaurants making you awkwardly wait in a corner,  on the edge of a bar or even worse outside.


We arrived around 8pm as predicted they were encouragingly full, I am always somewhat sceptical

of a restaurant with free tables on a Saturday evening, that they are not really doing their job properly.  We left our number,  popped over to the Cock and Bottle (yep made me giggle too) for a swift beer outside. Highly efficiently we had a call with 5 minutes that there were two seats at the bar,  however we were happy to wait for a main table, as literally taking the first sip of our cold drinks, within another 15 minutes they rang back and had a main table for us, so all round a Win-win situation.


This place had being hyped up to me earlier in the evening, so there I was waiting in anticipation, hoping the tacos would live up to my high expectations, and I wouldn't be left disappointed downing shots of tequila to console myself. 

We decided on a good cross section of the Tacos menu, satisfying all our meat, fish and vegetable needs in the form of the Steak Tacos with browned cheese, avocado cream, roasted salsa, pico de gallo  £7.50

Fish Tacos, deep fried in cider batter, chipotle mayonnaise, avocado cream, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo £7.70

Jalapeno Tacos, charcoal grilled jalapeno, goats cheese, tamarind salsa, almonds, crispy onions and refry beans.

The steak was up first setting the bar pretty high, the fish came next, a huge hunk of cod that I didn't feel could possibly out do the steak but it did, so much so we ordered another round of the cod instantaneously, the jalapenos eventuality arrived 3 margaritas later, but in fairness worth the wait, and pretty much stole the show.


The Tacos at the Taqueria hands down delivered, excellent value for money and definitely worth a visit. 

They do a pretty decent Margarita too, the staff were friendly and polite, and if you don't mind dining under literally a sea of minimal exposed bulbs hanging from the ceiling you will enjoy yourself. 




Jonathan S

This is tapas Mexican style. I have always loved the Cool Chile co. spices and this is place to experience those spices in the most delicious dishes.

Gaby B

I love to eat Mexican Food, it is the closest I can get to Guatemalan food. I found this place here in timeout. I went with me boyfriend, and since we got there we knew it was gonna be a good experience, the staff where really nice, I think the owner was there as well. We order micheladas, which were not that nice, but the food was so good I didnt mind. I consider it as a gastronomic experience, the flavour and contrast in the plates where amazing. It is definitely one of the best mexican food I have ever try, you can say it by feeling great after eating it!!! 100% recommend it!

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.