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Molé Taco Bar

Restaurants, Mexican Marylebone
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Marylebone Mexican with a taco focus.

On the backstreets of Marylebone you tend to find chain restaurants, age-old institutions and little else. So this modern indie taco station on a side road round that way is as welcome as a lake in the Mexican desert.

And holy molé, the staff are nice, sharing recommendations from the menu of Mexican standards. Unsurprisingly, this mostly comprised tacos. They’re good, though – if not, at £8 for two, the cheapest – with soft shells made from scratch on site, heartily loaded with toppings. The most successful of the variations we tried was the cochinita pibil, with tender pulled pork and pink pickled onions. Baja fish tacos featured nicely battered pollock and an enjoyably sharp slaw that cut through it all. The soft- shell crab option was a little ill-conceived, with prickly battered legs jutting rudely out from the tortilla wrapping. Nevertheless, all were neatly presented, with zigzags of salsa and coriander leaves prettily scattered.

The interior is a bit wild, with modern graffiti murals – but grab a seat on the curb in the summer and pretend you’re in Mexico City.


Address: 16 Picton Place
Transport: Tube: Bond Street
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £70.
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4 out of 5 stars

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3.7 / 5

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Nice enough but the portion sizes where a joke. Especially for the cost of the dish, you really feel pretty short changed. We felt very disappointed and went next door to ping pong for a second dinner!

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Tucked away from the bustle of Oxford Street and around the corner from Selfridge’s, Mole Taco Bar is perfectly situated for refuelling. 

Stepping inside on a Sunday evening, the venue was roomy, spread across two dining areas. The tables were amply spaced, giving diners a generous level of intimacy. The ambiance is clean and contemporary- styled as industrial chic- with a casual atmosphere. The serving staff were chirpy, cool and obliging.

Being a taco bar, the ideal way of dining is in small, sharing portions. Dishes take inspiration from Mexico and South America, offering ceviche and grilled skewers in addition to the sundry taco selection. Tacos range from classic flavours of Baja fish, chicken tinga and cochinita pibil, to more modern infusions of roasted lamb shoulder, hoisin duck and beef short rib. Each is priced at a reasonable £7 and arrives as a pair. They are generously portioned, poised on a corn tortilla and artfully presented with vibrant layers of fresh ingredients. The vivid purple hue of jalapeno slaw that accompanied the fish tacos jumped from the plate. The short rib tacos were equally as pleasing on the eye, posing as sticky meat crowned with a nest of sweet potato hay.

Although the tacos are undoubtedly the highlight of the menu, the in-house guacamole has tremendous merit: paired with crispy corn chips, it’s a perfect balance of flavour and texture. Roughly mashed avocado chunks are balanced with zesty lime and pomegranate seeds are folded in to provide the occasional burst of sweetness; it’s a delicious twist on a classic. It also acts as a perfect foil to the excellent pisco sour.

We also ordered the mixed ceviche of octopus, sea bass, mussels and avocado- a cocktail of seafood that arrived steeped in black squid ink, leaving everything stained with grey. Although a scattering of micro herbs gave it some vivacity, it isn’t the most visually enticing dish. Despite this, everything was nicely dressed with the acidity of lime. Be warned: the inky residue made it a precarious choice for a white shirt and left a pool of ink on every plate it touched!

The ancho garlic king prawns were a highpoint. Assembled as a ring of succulent prawns roasted in an ancho mix, which lent them a smoky heat, they sat on a corn tortilla base. We also ordered a side of patatas bravas, arriving as a heaped portion of golden roasted potatoes drizzled with a zingy cream sauce, liberally tossed in oil and herbs.

Disregarding our aching stomachs, we indulged in the deconstructed cheesecake for dessert. It was presented as a cornet of shocking pink upon scattered crumbs. Upon ordering, we were advised that it was mango flavour, so the colour baffled us- thankfully, it turned out that it was blackcurrant! Despite this, it was an easily palatable texture of a whipped mousse. My only complaint was that it was stingy on the crumb base (crucial to every good cheesecake).

Mole Taco Bar offers a chilled out haven just feet away from shopping pandemonium. For a respite, the guacamole and chips can’t be beat and the tacos are great to share if you’re feeling more than peckish. Be careful, though- we left fit to burst and yearning for only a siesta, not more shopping.

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