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Mestizo

Restaurants, Mexican Euston
4 out of 5 stars
(35user reviews)
Mestizo

Time Out says

The English translation of this Hampstead Road spot is 'mixed'. But with its resolute focus on authentic Mexican cuisine as it's eaten in the homeland, perhaps the name comes from the equal billing given to the bar - it comes with a vast array of tequila and a party vibe.

Dishes on the food menu range from burritos, tacos and enchiladas to pozole rojo, mole verde, filete arriero and the house special, molcajete Mestizo - a sharing dish of beef or chicken (or both) served in a volcanic stone bowl with cheese, chorizo, grilled spring onions, coriander, avocado, chipotle chili and tortillas.

The cocktail list benefits from all that tequila, with tequila sours, various margaritas, a tequila sunrise and a tejito all on offer. Mexican beers also feature. 

Mestizo says
Mestizo is the concept of a group of Mexicans to bring to London a restaurant-bar offering a fine and authentic Mexican cuisine. The name Mestizo suggests 'mezcla' or 'fusion', a term that was utilised principally to designate the descendants of indigenous Mexicans with Spaniards.

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Address: 103 Hampstead Road
London
NW1 3EL
Transport: Tube: Warren Street tube or Euston tube/rail
Price: Main courses £10-£24
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat. Lunch served noon-4pm, dinner served 5-10pm Sun
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4 out of 5 stars

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Tastemaker

Any reasonable person would argue that an attempt to be a market, a restaurant and a bar is a bit much. But at Mestizo, it's not, and to some degree, they succeed in pulling off this most ambitious of projects.


Undoubtedly authentic, Mestizo is owned by a Mexican family so, they know what they are doing. Only 10 minutes walk away from Warren Street tube station. The colourful market on the ground floor is stocked full of Mexican staples necessary for a fiesta, the restaurant next door is alive with noise with an atmosphere reminiscent of a Mexican festival and the downstairs bar caters for more private celebrations.


No, it's not exactly shouting high-end sophistication, but that's not Mestizo is about. It's about bringing genuine authentic Mexican flavours to our stomachs here in London. Some of the dishes I tried, I've never even heard off. But I can happily report that my taste buds were more than satisfied. 


If you're tired of the same old burritos at the nearby Chilango's and craving something authentic, then Mestizo is you calling. 


Lovely Margaritas but odd no “classic”. Even the house Margarita had orange juice in which was delicious but more fruity than I’m used to. My friends love the jalapeño margarita but too much bite for my palate. My main criticism is the menu is too large! It’s quite overwhelming & made choosing what to try challenging. We went for Mexican tapas so had quite a variety between 3 people. Nice tasty food & decent portions. Desserts were disappointing- best one was crepes with walnut & caramel.


we walked in here by chance really, and was surprised at the variety! the food is truly flavourful and well balanced! their fillet is above expectations its truly delicious! Stay away from their desserts, their cream caramel just tasted liked eggs 

Tastemaker

My friends and my husband and I ate here last night. We got a wide selection of food from the extensive menu.

My veg friend and I got the tamales with queso con rajas to start. The tamales are decently sized and served steaming, as all good tamales should be. They tasted very good, with a decent enough serving of queso and rajas. But not spectacular. I've had better in Mexico.

We also got guac and chips for the table and that was fine enough.

My husband got three horchatas so no complaints there!

My friend and I split tacos: one order of nopales and one of flor de calabaza. The orders are served in smallish bowls, but filled almost to the brim, so a great serving size for the price. Also, there is a separate dish offered for an array of spicy sauces. Lovely to look at.

But out food was just... fine. The nopales had a bit more of a zing but the flor de calabaza was very bland. The corn tortillas at least were lovely (served hot, thin and didn't fall apart completely when wrapping food). My husband said his pollo con mole was decent but again, nothing to rave over.

I admit my bar for Mexican food is very high after living on the Texas-Mexican border. For fantastic Mexican food go to Taqueria in Notting Hill instead. Or even Breddo's Tacos has fabulous fusion creations (although at a much higher price point).


Really great restaurant and super friendly staff. 

We went as a group of 8 lads and they wisely moved us from the table we'd originally been designated to another in the corner as we were relatively rowdy as we entered. 

They were very accommodating  and we were all particularly impressed with the Taco Trays (sharing) and the overall atmosphere in the restaurant. 

What's more, at the end of the meal we had complimentary Tequila's!


Odd location though.



Tastemaker

Go for brunch. Amazing deal at 20 quid. They have bottomless grape juice (bit weird) and horchata (almond cinnamon drink) as well as all you can eat buffet with cooked to order tacos and quesadillas.They also haven oven bakes vegetables, rice, beans, as well as a chicken and beef dish. 


Great food and service. Definitely try tamales if you haven't yet! Book early as it can fill up quickly. 


This week I visited Mestizo and I have to say that they have an amazing menu related to the day of the dead festivity!! also a beautiful altar dedicated to the ones that departed.


Real Mexican cuisine, relaxed and elegant. A perfect environment for business during the week or family reunions on weekends. Most Visit!


This is the place where Mexican living in London go when they feel homesick. You must make sure to include their week-end brunch in your bucket list. If you have not been to Mestizo, you risk not having had proper Mexican food in London.


I am Mexican and this is certainly London's most authentic Mexican restaurant, by far. Love their Gastronomic Week Festival, it offers a selection of dishes that you would only find in a few restaurants in Mexico City. Friendly service and an amazing tequila selection. Keep up the good work.


Really enjoyed this authentic Mexican restaurant in Euston. The staff are so friendly and helpful. Having a vegan menu was also a great plus - as one of our friends is vegan. I had the lamb shank wrapped in a banana leaf - it was such a huge portion I was almost struggling to finish, but the spice combination and the way it was cooked was amazing and very melt-in-the-mouth. It's quite difficult to get a table (even on a random weekday) as this place is always packed - would definitely recommend.


I'm Mexican, and I really don't like going to Mexican restaurants in London. Mestizo is a clear example why. Food is overpriced, and it feels a bit too out-of-a-tin. Went with a friend and had the quesadillas starter with 'cuitlacoche' and 'courgettes', which was just a tiny amount. The cheese was good though. I ordered prawn ceviche, but was served a prawn cocktai. Prawn cocktails in Mexico are made with a ketchup based sauce, which I really like (no cream or mayo, like the British version), but it was definitely NOT a ceviche. My friend ordered mole enchiladas, which I suppose were fine but I can imagine the mole came out of a Doña María jar rather than being made from scratch. Not impressed, not going back. 


I went with my family for the brunch at Mestizo a few days ago. It was really great! Service was excellent and food really lovely. My kids enjoyed the quesadillas and I just loved the tacos, great value too!


I went to Mestizo last week for the first time and I'm so glad I did. I chose for the taco tray which was delicious. Strongly suggest to book in advance as it gets really busy in the evenings. I'll definitely go back, especially to try the Sunday brunch which I've heard is really good.


Mestizo always impresses me with the size of their dishes. I am a meat lover so the tampiquena is my favourite main dish and it's always delicious. The atmosphere is great, staff is very friendly and always willing to help. I am a huge tequila fan and Mestizo is the perfect place to discover new tequilas.


Authentic Mexican food, not TexMex. The people that found it awful is probably because they were expecting TexMex. Food is delicious at Mestizo, although I must admit the portions are fairly generous, to share between 2 people. I recommend the Sunday buffet to try a bit of everything and learn about Mexican cuisine.


Wish I'd read the reader reviews before going - I wouldn't have gone. Instead, I just read the Time Out review and thought it looked good. It turned out to be an extremely average, overpriced venue and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. We were kept waiting for ages to be served - but that wouldn't have a problem if the food was good. It wasn't - it was brought upstairs and left for 5 minutes whilst the waitress fiddled with her electronic ordering pad and talked to another waitress, and when it did arrive, it was lukewarm, the portions were small and the quality poor - in fact the food was on a par with a microwave meal and although the two of us who went ordered different dishes, the same sauce was poured on both of them. I very rarely give bad reviews, but in this case feel that I'd be saving someone else from a particularly bad experience. We're visiting London and this is the first bad experience food wise we've had. Save your money and go somewhere else.


Ate here a few weeks ago. Overall a disappointing experience. The place is very noisy, crowded, the tables too close together, the waiters trying to do a good job, but simply not enough of them to cope. As for the food, it wasn't bad - but it was quite significantly overpriced for what it was. If I'd had this sort of dining experience and the total bill had been £15 a head, I'd probably have been happy, but at twice that price it's simply not good enough.


That's proper mexican food, actually the only authentic mexican restaurant in London. Delicious food and drinks, and the best friendly service. I will come back not once, many!!!!


Fantastic food! Wonderful service, and an amazing range of tequilas. It's a bit out of the way, but the inside of the restaurant is beautiful and has a nice ambience. I recommend it to all of my friends for a fun night out.


Awful food, do not recommend at all. Although the portions are large it goes to waste as the quality of the food is very poor. My main meal was so salty that I was unable to eat it and was told that it is from the same tub of sauce used in the other meals and so it was probably salty because I may have mixed the sauce with the beans ! The other main meal at our table was also inedible and the sauce looked like it was from an old el paso pack that you mix with water (although the old el paso tastes much better than this). I am very disappointed and will not be returning here again.


I am mexican, lived in London for 5 years and I have been quiet a few times only a couple on the last 2 years and seems to me that the quality of the food has been lowering each time I go. I went for a sunday brunch, price was very high and the quality of the food no so much, it felt like very cheap ingredients in general, beans were very liquid (hardly any been, i really felt like they were trying to save money!), they also had ribs which were not very good, all the meet was very hard in general, they serve cheap food which for the price is very disappointing! My company had the Christmas party there 2 years ago, they served a very liquid mole sauce (no consistency at all, again like if they had added water to make get more meals out of it!) on top of a piece of turkey with rice, no-one of my 20 colleagues liked it and nor did I, it was embarrassing! In my opinion the service is very good though. Try Lupita in Charring Cross, food is good, pricey too but very good!


Excellent food and great service. A bit expensive but of all the Mexican restaurants I've tried in London this one's the best so far. Great margaritas and imported mexican beers!

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Mestizo is by far London's most authentic Mexican restaurant. I keep going back over and over again to get a taste of home. Starters are amazing, flautas, quesadillas, jaladas, etc and I always struggle to make up my mind in choosing my main. I always fall for the enchiladas or the mole, and never have enough room for dessert. Few people know but Mestizo is also perfect for vegetarians and they have a special menu for them. I love it!

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