Restaurant Review – Tortilla Wimbledon, London
As many of my followers know I have been looking for somewhere to satiate my craving for Mexican food. I was recommended lots of places but many were in central London, I was after somewhere a bit closer to home. It was during my ‘search’ that I came across Tortilla. A Mexican restaurant chain with a difference (and there was one in Wimbledon! ) happy days.
After a little research (read into that I checked out their website and read some reviews) it looked like this was a place worth checking out.
As restaurants go this is not your typical restaurant, there’s no table service to start with. It’s not strictly speaking a fast-food joint either, they have a liquor license. It is in fact a Taqueria, somewhere that specialises in tacos and burritos as well as selling margaritas and bottled beer.
The chain was established in 2007 with the first branch opening in Islington. It’s flagship store, and one to be proud of, is the newly opened branch at The Strand. This chain is not what is normally expected of a traditional Mexican. It relies strongly on the background of its founders who wanted a taste of home, that is a mix of California-Mexican foods and atmosphere.
The good thing about being a Blogger is no one knows what you look like, no need for a disguise. I rocked up to the Wimbledon branch midweek for a late lunch. Not knowing what to expect I went in with an open mind. The decor is warm, Mexican music is being piped through the speakers and the smells? I think i just died and went to Me-hee-co heaven. So this is how it works. You go to the counter and choose a burrito, fajita or soft-shell taco, choose your meat, choose your salad and toppings and grab a cold drink from the bar. I chose a steak burrito but looking back I should have been more adventurous and gone for the pulled pork or shredded beef (I tasted both of these afterwards and they were delicious). I also had sides of black beans, tortilla chips and guacamole, ok so I was hungry! My drink? Why a margarita of course.
The burrito was a big size for a ‘regular’, I ended up taking half home. The salads and toppings are fresh and well portioned too. Tortilla chips are pretty much the same as anywhere, but the guacamole was something else. Big thick chunks of avocado and not overly spiced. I do like spice in my burritos so on the tables you’ll find a bottle of extra special spicy sauce native to Mexico. Be warned, it has a kick!
The margarita comes from a slushy machine, as is the norm for a Taqueria, and is made using a margarita mix. It is served with salt on the rim thank goodness and tastes great but is not overly strong.
All in all this is a great place to meet with some friends and relax in a vibrant setting whilst eating some good honest food. Alternatively it is also family friendly so the kids are well catered for too. Lunchtime tends to the office crowd grabbing a quick bite blending into the evening session which sees more families and groups of friends enjoying the convivial atmosphere. With quality, value for money Mexican fare, a margarita and friendly service what more could you want? Oh yes, one to open in my neighbourhood please.