From tasty tacos to cheese-slathered quesadillas, you can’t beat an authentic Mexican night. And no, we’re not talking about one of those supermarket kits that enable you to knock up a half-hearted fajita selection in less than 10 minutes. We’re talking about a traditional experience at one of London’s best Mexican restaurants.
From Martha Ortiz’s Instagrammable restaurant, Ella Canta to Santa Remedio, the restaurant that brings modern Mexican flavours to the city, it’s time to put down the Old El Paso fajita kit and book in for an authentic Mexican dining experience at one of these 10 restaurants.
Helping to bring a slice of Mexico to our home city is Ella Canta, Park Lane’s exceptional dining destination from chef Martha Ortiz. Located within the five-star InterContinental London Park Lane, every ounce of the Ella Canta experience has been carefully thought out, from the pretty in pink interiors through to the immaculate presentation of each and every dish. Trust us, guac has never looked as good as it does here.
The restaurant encompasses everything that’s great about Mexican cuisine. It’s fiery, it’s colourful and it’s packed with flavour. Opening dates are yet to be announced but we cannot wait to dine here and sink a few of their authentic margaritas from their dedicated margarita menu.
Located just a short stroll from London Bridge station, Santo Remedio is a modern Mexican restaurant that celebrates its heritage, from knocking up exquisite tequila and mezcal cocktails to sourcing speciality ingredients straight from its home country.
Set up by Edson and Natalie, the restaurant is named after the famed Mexican expression ‘Holy Remedy’, as food is such an important part of Mexican culture that it’s considered a remedy and comfort.
The interiors are authentic, colourful and bring its culture to the forefront, working alongside the delicious dishes on the bountiful menu made up of small plates. From tacos to tostadas, it’s well worth the visit.
Home to London’s best tacos, El Pastor is a series of Mexican taquerias in London. Known for using the freshest ingredients and making their own tortillas in-house using heritage Mexican corn, you won’t find anywhere better in the city for soft tacos.
Their flagship restaurant, El Pastor, located on Stoney Street, is the place to head for a traditional Mexico City experience. Think endless tostadas, quesadillas, tacos and, of course, mezcal. The menu is made up of delicious dishes to share, from the Cochinita Pibil, a Yucatan classic of slow roast pork shoulder marinated in orange, achiote and charred garlic, to Chicken Tinga Tostada, chipotle-cumin braised chicken, marinated in red onions and shredded lettuce.
They are also launching a new restaurant on Brewer Street in June!
Helping to transport you from dreary London straight to the bustling cantinas in Mexico is Cafe Pacifico. Located in the beating heart of Covent Garden, the restaurant brings the authentic flavours of Mexican cuisine to you. Expect burritos stuffed with refried beans, cheese, grilled tomato chipotle salsa and your choice of meat or veggies, sizzling fajitas and enfrijoladas. Think corn tortillas slathered in black bean sauce and filled with chicken tinga, lettuce, feta, pomegranate, coriander and crema Mexicana.
Don’t forget to add a tequila or mezcal to your order too. The bar prides itself on serving some of the greeted agave spirits around.
Where: 5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JA
What once started as a makeshift car park taco shack in Hackney, has since gone on to become one of London’s best spots for an after-work bite and moreish tacos. Now with a permanent home in Clerkenwell, tuck into their dishes that are inspired by founders Nud and Chris’s travels across America and Mexico.
Despite being inspired by Mexican flavours, the restaurant prides itself on using the best of British produce from local suppliers. Expect dishes such as Masa Fried Chicken tacos stuffed with habanero mayo, red cabbage, pico de gallo and habanero and Baj Mushroom tacos, packed with habanero mayo, verde cruda and pico de gallo.
Where: 82 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1V 7DB
Oxford Street regulars will know of this little gem, but tucked behind the retail street favourite is Corazon, the Mexican restaurant renowned for its weekend brunches and spicy salsas.
Brought to you by couple Laura Sheffield and chef Paul Daniel, the restaurant serves up honest food, from moreish botanas (snacks) to their signature tacos. You’ll want to head here for their signature margaritas too, made using their special margarita mix blend.
Serving Mexican cuisine inspired by the streets and beaches, La Bodega Negra boasts two locations, an all-day cafe and a restaurant influenced by hacienda style cellars.
While the menu boasts delicious hot plates, tacos and ceviche, it’s really the drinks that you go for. The bar is home to a bountiful selection of tequila, mezcal and cocktails. Ask the mixologists for recommendations or pick and choose from a selection of their most popular.
Where: Ground Floor, 16 Moor Street, Soho, W1D 5NH
Tequeira started life as a Cool Chile Co street food stall in Portobello Road, before eventually planting its roots in a brick-and-mortar venue on Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. It’s their speciality tacos that keep happy customers coming back for more, filled with traditional and modern filling on soft corn tortillas.
With fifteen tacos to choose from, you can rest assured that they’ll have a filling or two that suits your taste buds. We love the soft shell crab tacos that are deep fried in cider batter and stuffed with guacamole and pickled jalapeño mayo.
Where: 141-145 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RS
Located in Brixton, Shoreditch and Tottenham Court Road, DF Tacos know a thing or two about knocking up flavour-packed bites of deliciousness. From burritos to buns, home-cooked tortilla nachos to tacos, all of your Mexican cravings are catered for here. It’s fuss-free food that you know you can trust.
Don’t forget to order in a round of frozen margaritas for the table too, made with 100% agave tequila and fresh lime.
It’s fuss-free food that you know you can trust.
Where: Various locations
Having hosted parties for the likes of Prince Harry and Leonardo Di Caprio, Tonteria has been an A-listers favourite since opening its doors in 2012. Tonteria – translating to ‘foolishness’ or ‘silliness’ in Spanish – boasts a delicious tapas menu filled with Latin-American inspired dishes, while partaking in the bottomless margaritas is a must – both perfect for enjoying pre-partying in the nightclub.