Fresh Tuna Tacos at Café Pacifica
If like us, you are absolutely obsessed with tacos, then you absolutely need to hear about our favourite places in London to order them right now.
Whether you are partial to the pulled pork topped with pickles, or are more of a Cali-style fish taco fan (they're just THE best with an ice cold beer), then we've rounded up some of the finest Mexican-themed restaurants and eateries in our nation's great capital for you to try this evening, this week, or more preferably, over a long lazy weekend with pals.
Here are team InStyle's 6 best tacos in London (frozen Margaritas optional...)
1. Café Pacifico
Priding itself on being the longest running Mexican restaurant in London, Covent Garden's Café Pacifico is a bona fide institution. Serving up a veritable fiesta of tradtional Mexican fare, their taco menu is somewhat short but the offerings are super-exciting. Ranging from the traditional Street Tacos (corn tortillas topped with your choice of tomatillo verde chicken, Mexican chorizo, glazed gammon or roasted vegetables and beans topped with coriander and onion) to the yummy Fresh Tuna Tacos (pan fried tuna steak in a smoked paprika crust, topped with lime and mango dressing, yum), Café Pacifico is perfect for pre-Saturday night taco revelry.
2. Lemlem Kitchen
Every Saturday in London Fields, Netil Market's Lemlem Kitchen serves up (and sells out, be warned) tacos with a difference. Inspired by classic Eritrean flavours, their reimagining of street food really has to be sampled to be believed. No really, their tacos are that good. The Afro Tacos (2 for £6) are served on a traditional Injera flatbread, with a selection of fillings which include zigni pulled lamb (served with cumin, carrot and beet slaw), anise chicken (served with areki, orange and fennel slaw) and split pea timtimo. Honestly, there's a reason these guys keep making the foodie news, so do yourselves a favour and try ASAP.
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Starting out as a as a Cool Chile Co stall on Portobello Road, the team at Taquería have now found a permanent home on West London's leafy Westbourne Grove, and believe us when we say that their tacos are all kinds of amazing. Fans of the traditional should order the Canitas Tacos (shredded slow cooked pork, salsa verde, pickled jalapeño, onion, coriander) but if you are in any way a fish fan, then you have to order either the Soft Shell Crab Tacos (deep fried in cider batter, guacamole, pickled jalapeño mayonnaise) or the Fish Tacos (cod deep fried in cider batter, chipotle mayonnaise, avocado cream, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo) - both are absolutely delicious. Plus, the staff are some of the friendliest people we've ever encountered. Go.
For an altogether different take on your traditional taco, Jason Atherton’s restaurant Sosharu has devised an incredibly beautiful (and delicious) Japanese-style taco to be savoured, with a glass of Junmai Sparkling Sake. The taco 'shell' is made from tempura fried seaweed shaped into the classic shape, filled with sushi rice and a selection of different fillings including tuna and scallion tobiko and salmon, spiced cabbage, coriander and avocado. A mini bottle of spiced mayonnaise sits on the side for optional tastiness. Delicious.
Located at the new Montcalm Hotel at Royal London House in the City, London's newest hotspot is a great place for taco lovers to order their favourite food as a bar snack option. Savour their Lobster Tacos and Short Beef Rib Tacos (with pickles) alongside a cool pint of something cold, and take in the grand scale of the restaurants dark wood and copper decor. Great for post or pre-shopping taco treats.
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Great news! From mid-October Peruvian-inspired bar & restaurant Pachamama in Marylebone will be launching tacos as part of their seasonally-changing lunch menu. We'll definitely be ordering the Ceviche Taco (crispy fried seabass, sweet potato, radish, salsa criolla), and the Duck & Rice Taco (confit duck, spicy rice, charred corn, green lettuce) is another one that scores pretty high on our taco lunch list. We highly recommend making a Friyay-lunch date with your office pals...
Race you to the tacos...