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The best mexican restaurants London has to offer provide a wealth of delicious, freshly-made Mexican recipes that include tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tostadas, quesadillas, taquitos, salads and grilled meat and fish with lots chillis and other fiery flavours. Traditional Mexican street food in particular has become very popular in London in recent years, especially when served in the small sharing plates format with a few cold beers. Here are the 10 top restaurants in London for Mexican food.
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Mayfair / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
This trendy, intimate Mayfair restaurant is named after a hallucinogenic cactus indigenous to Mexico. True to form, the restaurant specialises in modern Mexican cuisine that rivals that of anywhere else in London. Highlights include tostados, tacos, an eyebrow-raising cactus salad and delectable rib-eye steaks with salsa. Meanwhile, the bar boasts an impressive range of tequilas and mezcals; repeat visitors can stash their favourite brand in the venue's patented "tequila lockers". Dim lighting and a sleek, minimal décor make this a must-visit for sophisticated Mexican aficionados in Central London.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
Authentic Mexican restaurant, Lupita, officially opened the doors of its second London restaurant in Spitalfields, adding a touch of Mexico to the diverse food offer that is already available in East London thanks to trendy foodie hubs such as Shoreditch. The new restaurant serves real Mexican food using fresh, flavoursome ingredients to create exciting and tastebud tingling dishes, to show a true reflection of the incredible flavours, colours and smells found throughout Mexico. The new restaurant will serve Lupita's much loved margaritas and cocktails, made with 100% agave tequila, as well as a selection of South American wines and rare Mexican beers.
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
Centrally located in Covent Garden, it has been a famous Tex-Mex institution and wowing diners since 1982 with its fantastic selection of burritos, fajitas, nachos, quesadillas and enchiladas. They serve some of the best margaritas in town as well as rum, tequila and latin-based cocktails. They have bargain offers like Margarita Mondays and Taco Tuesdays, so it is always worth visiting them during the quieter parts of the week. The venue always has a fun and vibrant atmosphere.
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
This restaurant serves modern Mexican cuisine, cocktails and fine tequilas, and reflects the vibrancy of Mexican culture. The menu at this Covent Garden restaurant is prepared fresh on site every day, honouring the Mexican tradition of investing time and passion into every ingredient and dish. The spicy mole sauce, for example, combines 16 different ingredients including dried chilli peppers, toasted nuts and 100% cocoa Mexican chocolate. True connoisseurs of Mexican cuisine will also appreciate the restaurant's range of the world's best 100% blue agave tequilas, shaken into classic and contemporary margarita mixtures.
Shepherds Bush / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
Habanera is a neighbourhood restaurant serving authentic and seasonal Mexican tacos and cocktails. It has been making waves in both the local area and beyond, having been voted the UK's Best Mexican Restaurant in the Air Europa Latin UK Awards 2015. Seen as the industry awards, Habanera won the award following public vote and then three rounds of Mexican judges. The Mexican kitchen team has created a seasonally changing menu of artisan tacos and burritos, which are full of flavour and authentic Mexican ingredients.
La Bodega Negra
Soho / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
La Bodega Negra's entrance is easily missed, or even confused with a sex shop, so take care on the approach. Once inside, the cheerful and obliging staff offer a contrast to the dark and moody décor. The Mexican menu is not inexpensive but is good quality. Don't miss the tacos and seafood, then churros to finish. Dinner will make way for dancing; a pitcher of margarita from the extensive cocktail menu will get you in the mood. Reservations are a must.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
This branch of former Masterchef winner, Thomasina Miers' ever-growing Mexican street food chain is one of her greenest restaurants yet filled with energy saving measures as well as colourful and bright decor that adds to its relaxed and welcoming vibe. They serve flavoursome street food dishes like tacos, tostadas, taquitos and quesadillas as well as bigger dishes from the grill such as their marinated grill chicken using Yucatecan spices. They have an excellent selection of tequilas and mezcals.
Shoreditch / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
DF/Mexico's restaurant concept comes from the creators of Wahaca, who combine informal, diner-style eating with Mexican fast food and modern American influences. Shaped by traditional flavours, this is the place for real fast food: NYC tortas with smashed avocado, home cooked fries dusted with chilli salt, slow cooked tacos served fact. Fresh, exciting, feel-good. This is a crash course in modern Mexico. It is located equidistance between Spitalfields and Brick Lane in East London.
Fitzrovia / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Mexican
La Perla Bar is located just off Tottenham Court Road and has long been renowned for its many eclectic restaurants. Modern Mexican murals, paintings and graphics create a truly Mexican feel. The kitchen features classic and modern Mexican tapas, while the bar continues to serve margaritas, tropical cocktails, tequilas and rum. The staff are from a variety of countries, many from Latin America. The ambience is created by their energy, the lively music and the decor which is "Mexican Retro'', made up of images collected from all over Mexico.
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