Mexican food is sort of a delicacy here in London. You don't have an awful lot of it, Mexican restaurants are always tucked away in a dark and not very appealing alley somewhere by a random tube stop like Aldgate, and when you do come across it, it's pretty much a miss, hardly ever a hit. I know most of you US readers eat Mexican food at least once a week, seeing as Mexican food has pretty much become a staple American dish, and the "grab n' go" Mexican food on your way home from work is rarely a disappointment...but for us, here in the beautiful Albion, a simple and tasty taquito is hard to come by. Decent guacamole is even harder to find, and don't even get me started on a decent pitcher of margarita.
Wahaca, Covent Garden
That's why Wahaca, the Mexican eatery in Covent Garden (also to be found in White City and in Canary Wharf!) is a gem not to be missed. If you're feeling festive, happy and a bit oh lay lay, this is the place for you. Last week was about my fifth time at Wahaca, and let me tell you zesties, this places never disappoints. The snack and market style venue is a relaxed and excellent way to chill out after work with a large group of friends or even with that one very special friend of yours.
The portions are generous (and so is the wait, but to me, a good sized queue pretty much guarantees an enjoyable evening), the margaritas and the delicious tequila cocktails have a unbeatable kick, and there for your pleasure while you wait to be seated, and the guacamole is like...avocado butter melting in your mouth, but with a pinch of sour lime and a smidgen of spicy red onions. Just for the guac, I swear by Wahaca.The place is vibrant with noise, sunny with South American accents floating in the air and the staff is always friendly. It made it to my Top 10, so it should make it to yours.
Oh and haha, the churros with its choco dip...that's all I gotta say.