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Best of the best: Mexican restaurants in London

From mezcal and tequila cocktails to some delicious tacos and chalupas, here are some of the best Mexican restaurants in London.

Bringing authentic flavours from Mexico, these restaurants in London will sizzle your taste buds with a wide range of dishes to offer. And while you are indulging in the fiery Mexican cuisine, do not forget to grab a tequila or a mezcal drink to spice up the affair.

Yucca

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Rio Ferdinand (Left) dining at Yucca, Source: Facebook

A real tex-mex canteen as they proudly claim, Yucca is a paradise for Mexican food lovers in Fulham. Choose from tacos (hard or soft), quesadillas, burritos, and fajita options on the menu for an enticing spice mania. While you wait for your order, gaze at the sky from the glass roof enclosed by crafty wooden finishes. We recommend the De Pollo burrito to go along with the Mexican Matador cocktail, which is made with silver tequila, melon liqueur, vodka, amaretto, and cranberry juice. And did we mention that you might just spot some celebrities in here too?

Location - 496 Fulham Rd, London SW6 5NH.

Timings - 12 pm to 11 pm (Monday to Thursday)
                12 pm to 11.30 pm (Friday to Saturday)
                12 pm to 10.30 pm (Sunday)

El Pastor

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A well-behaved dog balancing a nacho crisp at El Pastor, Source: Facebook

Named after the almighty Al Pastor taco in Mexico city, El Pastor is inspired by true Mexican origins. The tuna tostada is worth the try with crab taco and salsa sauce to make up for a unique seafood infusion in Mexican food. While you’re here, don’t forget to sip on one of their many mezcals. The restaurant has limited table bookings so we suggest you walk-in early for a table, and bring your doggos along if you wish to.

Location - 7A Stoney St, London SE1 9AA.

Timings - 12 pm to 3 pm, 5 pm to 11 pm (Monday to Sunday)

Benito’s

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Burritos and power bowls at Benito’s, Source: Facebook

Started with an aim to bring authentic Mexican food to the UK, Benito’s highlights simple Mexican street food options in a funky and warm atmosphere. A Proteina Grande Power Bowl made with grilled chicken, braised pork, rice, lettuce, pico, cheese, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and salsa verde will pump in energy needed to kickstart your day. Or else, go for a Felipe burrito combo with the Tequila Sunrise cocktail for a more subtle meal choice. Known for their margaritas, the Frozen Strawberry Margarita is a good pick from a list of options. On every second Tuesday of the month, Benito’s celebrates Taco Tuesdays with £1 tacos throughout the day. Be sure not to miss it!

Location - Kiosk 1, Street Food Social The Westgate, 130 Queen St, Oxford OX1 1PB.

Timings - 11.30 am to 9 pm (Monday to Saturday)
                11.30 am to 6 pm (Sunday)

Taqueria

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Mexican food and cocktails, Source: Facebook

Specializing in tacos, Tequeria's offers a wide range of them. Some of our favorites are the organic prawn, roadside chicken, pancita, and jalapeño tacos. The watermelon and passion fruit tequila cocktails make an addition to your meal. We highly recommend the Mezcalita cocktail, made with mezcal, lime, sugar syrup, and sal de gusano rim. For dessert, the Tres Leches sponge cake will soothe you with strawberry and condensed milk flavours, while Churros with Cajeta will come great as a light takeaway sweet bite.

Location - 141-145 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS.

Timings - 1 pm to 10.30 pm (Monday)
                12 pm to 11 pm (Tuesday to Thursday)
                12 pm to 11.30 pm (Friday to Saturday)
                12 pm to 10.30 pm (Sunday)

Café Pacifico

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Taco, cocktail, and Mexican sides, Source: Facebook

Claiming to be the oldest Mexican restaurant and the grandfather of tequila bars in the UK, Café Pacifico will easily impress you with its cocktail menu. Order nachos while you sip on cocktails like the Mezcal Fix made with Bruxo X mezcal, fresh lime juice, roasted pineapple syrup, Cynar liqueur, sea salt and black cherry. With a seperate menu for tequila, we suggest the Canti-melones cocktail made with Cantinero Silver Tequila, Melonade melon liqueur, agave nectar, and lime juice, served on the rocks in a pink Himalayan salt rimmed glass.

Location - 5 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA.

Timings - 1 pm to 10 pm (Monday to Tuesday)
                1 pm to 11 pm (Tuesday to Wednesday)
                1 pm to 12 am (Friday)
                12 pm to 12 am (Saturday)
                12 pm to 10 pm (Sunday)

Santo Remedio

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Santo Remedio outdoor seating, Source: Facebook

Located near the London Bridge, Santo Remedio expresses the comfort of food in Mexican style.. The interiors are filled with designs from Mexican artists, representing the culture of Mexico in its true form. The Michelin rated restaurant offers delectable options like Sashimi grade tuna tostadas, Hibiscus Enchiladas, and Barbacoa Lamb Shank. Try a glass of homemade Tepache or choose a tequila/mezcal cocktail of your liking such as the Avocado Margarita made with Tequila el Jimador Blanco, avocado, orange liqueur, agave, lime, and lemon. If you are keen on making some authentic Mexican food at home, here are a few recipes from Santo Remedio to help you out.

Location - 152 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU.

Timings -  Closed (monday)
                 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm (Tuesday to Wednesday)
                 5.30 pm to 11 pm (Thursday to Friday)
                 12 pm to 11 pm (Saturday)
                 12 pm to 9 pm (Sunday)

Wahaca

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Mexican food options at Wahaca, Source: Facebook

Situated in the trendy West End of London, Wahaca shines brightly in the buzz of a Mexican market. With a large, comfortable, and roomy seating accommodation, you can tag along with a group of friends and start nibbling on guacamole and Mexico city nachos with a Mexican beer, wine, or tequila cocktails. We’ve been loving Wahaca’s Mexican take on the Old Fashioned - which is made with aged añejo tequila, a twist of orange, and bitter chocolate shard. Big bite burritos, quesadillas, and tacos like grilled halloumi Al Pastor, Pork Pibil, grilled chicken and avocado are popular picks to snack with drinks.

Location - 66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden London, WC2N 4HG.

Timings - 12 am to 10 pm (Monday to Sunday)

DF Tacos

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Friends enjoying tacos and drinks at DF Tacos, Source: Facebook

Sit back, and tuck in some delicious tacos like the steak and chorizo, buttermilk chicken, Chile beef, and pork pibil at the DF Tacos. Relax on the quirky painted chairs and admire the balloon lights as you sip on frozen margaritas during the warmer months.

Location - 28-29 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 1BL.

Timings - 12 pm to 10 pm (Sunday to Thursday)
                12 pm to 11 pm (Friday to Saturday)

Loco Mexicano

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Chicken fajita at Loco Mexicano, Source: Facebook

While treading across the busy Victoria, stop at Loco Mexicano and refuel with a Mexican chilli burger. The Chilli Corn Carne teams up well with a sizzling chicken fajita or a chimichanga. Try the El Bandito cocktail made with tequila, banana liqueur, Archers, pineapple, and orange to get lost in a Mexican rodeo tale.

Location - 11-13 Beach Rd, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1AU.

Timings - 12 pm to 11 pm (Monday to Sunday)

Homies on Donkeys

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Soy al Pastor tacos from Homies on Donkeys, Source: Facebook

Blooming with graffiti art on the walls and hip hop beats circling around, Homies on Donkeys is a great spot to enjoy some Mexican grub. Pick and choose from tacos like chipotle, chicken in adobo, and Soy al Pastor made with gluten free corn tortilla. You may also opt for special prawn tacos and top them with extra guacamole and salsa. Yum!

Location - Unit 38 Wood Street Indoor Market, 98 Wood St, London E17 3HX.

Timings - Closed (Sunday)
                12 pm to 5 pm (Monday to Saturday)

Mestizo

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Mestizo Mexican restaurant, Source: Facebook

Mestizo is one of the most elegant Mexican restaurants you will find in London. With a private area capable of accommodating upto 120 people, the establishment also has one of the most industrious tequila bars in the country, offering more than 260 brands of tequila. Customize a taco tray to share in a group or go for Mexican tapas (pescadillas, empanadas, tostadas and more) while sipping on  Mexican cocktails like the Tejito made with El Jimador reposado, fresh mint, fresh lime juice, a splash of grapefruit soda, and white sugar, served in a Collins glass.

Location - 103 Hampstead Rd, London NW1 3EL.

Timings - 12 pm to 11 pm (Monday to Saturday)
                12 pm to 10 pm (Sunday)

All hail the Mexican wave!

Header image - Yucca, Source: Facebook

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