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Lupita East

Restaurants, Mexican Spitalfields
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Lupita East

Time Out says

This Mexican dining room and bar on Commercial Street is the sister branch to the flagship Lupita over in Soho. Much like its sibling, this laid-back east London restaurant brings an authentic slice of the taquería to London, with a traditional Mexican vibe to match the food and drinks.

The menu ranges from tacos and tostadas to burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and specials, such as a a selection of ceviche plates, arrachera steaks and panuchos de cochinita pibil - a dish of slow-roasted pork marinated and cooked to a technique dating back to Mayan times. It comes served on corn tortillas with refried beans and red pickled onions. Churros, a Mayan chocolate cake and flan de cajeta feature on the dessert list.

There's an impressive subterranean bar for those looking to settle in. Cocktails boast a Mexican bent - not least the many margaritas - but there are mojitos, caipirinhas and cuba libres, as well as the Lupita take on a bloody mary - the vodka is replaced with mezcal. A suitably extensive range of tequilas is available, too. 

Lupita East says
As one of the most popular restaurants providing authentic Mexican cuisine in London, Lupita pride themselves on the authenticity of their dishes. Using only fresh, flavoursome ingredients to create exciting dishes, the menus are a true reflection of the incredible flavours found throughout Mexico.

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Address: 60-62 Commercial Street
London
E1 6LT
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street
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Users say (5)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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We were placed in a cold dark corner which was freezing because the fan was on full blast to cool down the whole place because the other half of the room's air con wasn't working but was reserved for a large party that didn't bother to turn up. The food was so so but they tried...

tastemaker

Genuinely one of my favourite restaurants in London. Abundant in flavour, each dish warms the senses and doesn't shy away from spice. The menu provides a great range of what you'd normally find on offer in Mexican restaurant chains as well as more unusual options such as Sopa de Tortilla (Tortilla soup). The food seems authentic and is well presented with a good variety of meat and vegetarian options. The spices give a good kick to the meat and are complimented by a contrast of textures.


The Fresh Lemonade (as a pitcher) is a great sharing drink when you're going sober - zingy, sour but also sweet, it reminda me of a margarita without the booze.


There are two dishes which I highly recommend ordering:


1. Chicharron de Queso y Guacamole - rolled crispy cheese and guacamole. A large tubular piece of cooled melted cheese which has crisped and is used to shovel fresh guacamole into your face. How could you say no?


2. Churros with cajeta (caramel) sauce - Lovely sugar-coated deep fried dough with dipping sauce. A dessert which will really hit the sweet spot.


On top of all of that, the staff are the icing on the cake. Professional, courteous and efficient, they aim to provide a great service and ensure you leave satisfied.

Tastemaker

This is a very run of the mill Mexican restaurant. The design is bright, spacious and airy and the staff accommodated our largish party well. The guacamole is made in front of you which I thought was a nice touch but, aside from that, there are no surprises. The cocktails went down well but the most of the food was a bit disappointing and whilst not expensive, I didn't feel that it was particularly good value for money. Nothing to really dislike but nothing to bring you here either. 

Staff Writer

A pleasant surprise to find a Mexican restaurant that deviates slightly from the stodgy enchilada standards you usually find in the capital's more middle-of-the-road Mexican joints. There's an unusually innovative range of choices for veggies, especially – cactus plant features in a couple of dishes, for instance. Continuing the lighter theme, there is a also a good choice of citrus-marinated fish plates. The margaritas are spot-on – sweet, sour, refreshing and potent. For non-alcoholic drinks, the horchata is a must-try – kind of like chilled milk but made with rice milk, almonds and cinnamon. And then try to get the horchata-referencing Vampire Weekend lyric out of your head.


Great Mexican food and love the margaritas.  The mezcal one is fresh and they only recommend having two as they are potent.  Everything we tried was full of flavor and different than the usual greasy Mexican stuff at other places.  These guys are doing something special here and you can definitely taste it!  Pretty easy to get a table as well.  

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