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London’s best Mexican restaurants

Mexican food is alive and kicking in the capital, and there’s not a sombrero or tequila slammer in sight.

Sarah Cohen
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Time Out London Food & Drink
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Sarah Cohen
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Who doesn’t love a plateful of tortilla chips heaped with salsa, guacamole and jalapeños and smothered in gooey cheese? But nachos are merely the populist face of London’s ever-growing Mexican food scene. From badass burritos to tip-top tostadas and exemplary enchiladas, there are piquant delights for everyone. And you can’t argue with a lovingly constructed taco. You’ll find all these and more at London’s best Mexican restaurants. Check out our list to read about the restaurants around the city that put the ‘fun’ in fundido.

Benito's Hat
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Covent Garden
  • price 1 of 4

It’s all about the burritos at Benito’s Hat – a vibrant Tex-Mex joint dreamed up by a former City lawyer. The interior might look like something out of central casting, but the fast-moving counter churns out some the best floury filled tortillas in town, backed by a ten-strong line-up of fresh salsas. Tacos, salads and antojitos also go well with Benito’s merciless margaritas.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Clerkenwell
  • price 2 of 4

Despite the demise of its Soho branch, the Breddos crew is back, and all the better for it. Its current digs keep things casual to suit what is ultimately still street food. A custom-made wood grill adds rustic charm. Tacos remain its strong suit, but try the seafood tostadas too, which team the crunch of tortilla shells with punchy cross-continental flavours.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4

If tacos are your thing, look no further than Casa P, the newest addition to the El Pastor family. As with its other branches in Borough and Bermondsey – and a Soho outpost that’s due to open in June – punters can expect fresh tortillas made in house daily, plated up alongside a bevy of aguachiles and tostadas. You’ll find a selection of fillings to pile into your shells, from chipotle chicken (our fave) to baja fish (battered goujons, slaw and salsa) and veggie options.

Corazón
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Soho

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Generous tacos served with lashings of old-school hospitality is the deal at Corazón – an unassuming, cosy and sincere taqueria custom-built for Soho’s hungry hordes. Head to the bar and counter for cocktails and nibbles; sit in the main space for a full-on nosh – perhaps beef tartare tostadas followed by a fillet of sea bream bathed in recado rojo and grilled with orange, olives and capers. Gentle prices, genial service.

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Daddy Donkey
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Holborn
  • price 1 of 4

Billed as a ‘kick-ass Mexican grill’, one-time street stall Daddy Donkey has morphed into a permanent behemoth among Leather Lane’s cheap handbags, shoes and CDs, although only for takeaway, collection and delivery at the moment. Try a naked burrito (sans tortilla) or the signature Daddy D with a choice of five fillings.

Del74
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Dalston
  • price 1 of 4

Del74’s Dalston outpost prides itself on its no-fuss Mexican fare that ‘keeps it simple, keeps it real’. It sports kitschy ’70s-inspired decor and the menu’s modest but appealing. Go for the tangy guacamole, which comes with a hearty helping of homemade tortilla chips, or try the cochinita pibil, a braised leg of pork topped with fresh avo and red pickled onions that’s a fiesta in your mouth.

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DF Tacos
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Brick Lane

DF stands for Mexico City’s Distrito Federal, but this affordable, mass-market offshoot of the Wahaca chain couldn’t be more London – and fashion-conscious with it. All the trademarks are here: strikingly modern design, cheery staff and Mexican fast food with a hipster spin. Open tacos hit the spot, as do the pork pibil tortas – a trendy Mex riff on the burger.

El Pastor
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Borough
  • price 2 of 4

If you need cheering up, head down to this Mexican hideaway beneath the arches by Borough Market. Owned by the Hart brothers (of Barrafina fame), Pastor is a taco joint with pedigree and a rollicking fiesta vibe. Order the mighty Pastor pork taco, the DIY short rib or the gringa quesadillas with fresh salsas and a blast of loud Latin music. But be warned: this joint doesn’t take bookings.

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Santo Remedio
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • London Bridge
  • price 2 of 4

Crowdfunding does it again. Having wobbled in Shoreditch, the new incarnation of Santo Remedio near London Bridge is simply brilliant. Low-lit, inviting and spread over two floors, it seduces punters with easy-listening Latin grooves, flickering tea lights, and some inspired food – guacamole sprinkled with tiny grasshoppers, hibiscus flower quesadillas and enchiladas and 12-hour slow-cooked smoky beef tacos. There are punishing shots of mezcal too.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Notting Hill

Despite a clipboard-toting greeter, Taqueria has a charming indie feel with its bare wood floors, film posters, Latin soundtrack and unfussy food. Quesadillas are the big hits (try the version with home-cured chorizo), but there are also a few tostadas (including one with a classic ceviche twist) and the usual suspects on the side. Drink Mexican beer, mezcal and tequila, or stay sober with a cooling aguas frescas.

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