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Where To Eat Good Tacos In London

Cheese-encrusted tortillas, soft suadero, and habanero salsa on top. These are the London taco spots worth knowing about.

These days there’s no lack of quantity when it comes to tacos in London, but the quality remains thoroughly so-so. That said, there are a few restaurants in London making a variety of tacos, made with quality tortillas and toppings that offer both consistently delicious tacos and also a necessary pile of napkins.


THE SPOTS

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8.0

Tacos Mx

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337 Lillie Road, London
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A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot, this Mexican kitchen in Fulham is one of those ‘if you know you know’ kind of places. Order from the window and try to nab one of the few tables outside, because the sooner you eat the crispy baja fish taco—a fried butter fish fillet in a soft corn tortilla that has the perfect ratio of comfort to crunch, topped with tangy coleslaw and zesty guacamole—after getting it, the better. Stop by for a speedy three taco lunch deal, or come with one other person on a warm evening for a helping of assorted tacos while perching on a random doorway on a quiet road in SW6.


A churchyard isn’t a conventional brunch spot, but The Quarter Kitchen isn’t a conventional place. The Mexican kiosk, set among the gardens and gravestones of St John at Hackney church, slings excellent breakfast burritos and changing specials like kimchi-topped chilaquiles. But the hearty egg, bacon, and hash brown taco is a menu standout. This stunning stack strikes all the sweet, savoury, and carby notes with a soft tortilla, sweet salsa roja, a golden hash brown, glossy fried egg, and candied bacon. It’s an exceptional combination that has entered the chat as a certified hangover soother, and a dish we’d brave the outdoor-only seating in winter for.


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The upmarket Mexican restaurant in Marylebone isn't somewhere you come for a casual tortilla or two. In fact, just getting here is a problem, such is the difficulty in finding and securing a booking. But once you've made your blood sacrifice in celebration of carnitas, or whatever it is that bags you a table at Kol, you'll find that it was all very worthwhile. Their tasting menu tacos—from whole grilled octopus served alongside bone marrow and seaweed macha, to a bowl of gloriously tender carnitas with black bean purée and gooseberry salsa—are loaded onto the softest homemade tortillas for a taco experience like no other in London.


Bake Street is best known as a brilliant brunch spot in between Stoke Newington and Hackney Downs. Its weekend menu has become the stuff of legend, not least because of its sensationally rich and moreish tacos. The lamb birria—so rich and so soft—tastes like it’s been slow-cooked to D’Angelo, and a pot of meaty birria consommé (for dipping and sipping) on the side is a must. Other changing options include migas con chorizo (homemade chorizo with scrambled eggs, cheese crisp, salsa) or migas con potatos (with crispy potatoes instead of chorizo).


Not to do SE8 dirty, but there’s something a little Pleasantville-like about La Chingada’s spot in Surrey Quays. The Mexican taqueria with a day-glo chicken shop aesthetic is a grenade of colour and vibrancy on an otherwise nondescript road. The tacos it makes act in much the same way. The al pastor, chunks of glistening marinated pork with onion and punches of green and red salsa, plus a sweet sliver of pineapple, is good. But it’s the suadero taco (confit beef brisket with onion, coriander, and a dash of deep brown habanero salsa) and the chorizo taco—a vehicle for vivid red sausage—that are your essential orders.


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