Found this as #1 on the top five burritos of London, so I just had to give it try!
The line, for some, seems quite overwhelming during lunch time, but that is what is so fantastic about this food stand -- they provide fast, efficient, and great service, you just have to be prepared with your request as they go quickly!
I went with the fajita burrito which has peppers and onions instead of the black beans. My choice of meat was chicken, and I added sour cream, guacamole, and cheese to accompany the coriander-lime rice and veggies already included. In my opinion, first the meat has got to be delicious, and the chicken was fantastic. But, what sets burritos apart are the veggies and optional additions -- daddy donkey has fab veggies -- cooked and prepared to the T.
All in all a fantastic spot for lunch, and place to satisfy your burrito craving! Will definitely be going back!
Considering I am from So-Cal (Southern California) this is the closest I'm gonna get to an authentic burrito that i can get off a taco truck on La Brea after a long night.
The best part is i can get a nice hot sauce (habanero). Got the steak like usual. Great!!!
Ah, sweet Leather Lane. So many options. I am a huge fan of any food truck/trailer, so Daddy Donkey has been on my radar since first arriving in London. It took until a few weeks ago to get there though, and when I did, I proceeded to make myself sick on a pretty darn amazing burrito.
I'm not really a burrito person, but they do a nice job of offering the ingredients that make it a simple, tasty experience. The burritos are huge, definitely satisfying, and a good price.
I do wish they had other options, but the burritos are kind of the main option. At least they're good burritos though!
The decor inside was pretty funny, but the service was a bit slow for the long queue that was waiting to order and get in. The food was excellent and the burrito bowl was super tasty! For the amount of food you get for the pound was great.
I promise you, I have eaten more burritos here than in [redacted] years of living in the US. I just was never really that into Mexican food. But when you work in the area, you get to know and get bored of all the lunch places, and you come here with coworkers who worship the Donkey, and it's actually not half bad. And for a non-burrito lover (don't hate me), that's saying something.
They have the most efficient assembly line ever. I always get the veggie, which gets guac free, unlike the meat versions. One time, I was convinced that they forgot my guac; however, on unwrapping back at my office, I discovered I was mistaken. They are just that fast.
Prices are high, though. I can get the same amount of food for less at the Thai cart, or at KIN, both within walking distance. I think the prices have gone up twice in the last year, though they have finally introduced a loyalty program to mitigate.
Not exactly competitive with my fave spots in Northern Cali, but Daddy Donkey's veggie burrito will more than suffice during my years in London, and thank God for that! I only wish that Daddy Donkey were open on the weekends, and that it had more locations or, perhaps, a traveling food truck. I also wish that I could open a special drawer in my kitchen and just have one of its veggie burritos sitting there for me at all times, but hey, I guess that I can't have everything.
You won't find refried beans or sour cream that reminds you of homemade Mexican crema here (theirs is a bit more like yogurt.)
But if you're lucky, you'll have a laugh with a fellow North American regarding the British pronunciation of fajita, taco and nacho while in line waiting for your burrito.
The rice is white but I can forgive it because the burritos are wrapped somewhat properly and the picadillo is tasty. I will soon be back to Leather Lane for more of what Daddy Donkey dishes out!
My library mates got really annoyed with me talking about the peppers. They didn't understand what I was saying and frankly could care less about peppers in any capacity.
For me, though, the peppers are the reason this is the best burrito place in the area. They are perfectly cooked every time, and you get a hearty portion of them.
I know, it's just peppers...
... but it's also just a burrito, and in a vegetarian burrito, those veggies matter.
Guac is good and lime-y. Medium hot sauce is a perfect amount of kick for me. They're very liberal with their portions and the line moves super quickly.
I just popped my Daddy Donkey cherry. Now if you didn't know that DD was a burrito truck then you could be forgiven for thinking that I'm suddenly into zoophilia. (ps. NEVER google 'sex with animals' on a work computer!!!)
So after taking a lunch time wander down to Leather Lane I stumble upon the ever so famous burrito champions of London and I have to say, it was nice but... it really didn't blow me away. Yes the staff are efficient, but not friendly, the chicken was tasty but personally I felt it was a little dry. I'm not by any means saying don't go, this is a decent, tasty filling lunch. I just don't think I'll be raving about it like everyone else it. Okay, maybe it was all the hype that spoilt it for me. Damn you all!
I'm siding with Miriam and the North Americans on the hilarious British pronunciation of Mexican bites. The best one I've heard so far has to be "fadge-eye-tahs". I mean that just sounds wrong... in SO many ways. Anyroad, despite the fact that on this side of the pond we seem to be sadly lacking in good Mexican food (yelp.co.uk/topic/manches… - come on, you know you want to sound off), here is a four-legged hoofed beast of a problem solver.
One cart, several efficient staff, and if you're anything like me don't get all distracted by the fact that the tall, dark and somewhat good-looking one can speak fluent Spanish as these guys work fast and you'll get severely bumped as you move along in line. This is London, remember. T'up North we might stand there chin-stroking and debating mild versus medium salsa, but you try any of that nonsense in The Big Smoke and you'll get a short sharp shock.
I have to say, this was the best attempt I've experienced thus far. A deliciously soft wrap, fresh ingredients and plenty of each... no wonder I was searching for matchsticks to prop open my eyes that afternoon, I needed a big burrito bobos. There are plenty of choices too, you can grab veggies, chicken, pork, beef, and you can even forsake the wrap for a 'naked burrito'. All in all this was great value and it certainly did the job for a Mexican-deprived Brit like me. I'm just once again apologising for the extreme red onion breath I had for the rest of the day, sheesh, they don't scrimp on those bad boys!
If we put the very easy to descend into 'oo er missus' aspect of the name to the side, Daddy Donkey is very much the father ass figure it proclaims to be when it comes to burrito type noshery.
Fresh grub, stupid sized portions and very reasonable prices make this place a go to lunch spot for those in the area. Just don't expect to pull off any suave, cool dude looks as you chow down on your donkey delight....oo er missus!
If Mary had ridden into town on a Daddy Donkey the world would be a different place. Proper fast food burritos on Leather Lane that beat all the local competition by a mile.
Is the food 100% authentic? Probably not.
Is the food 100% tasty? Definitely.
You'll have glorious meat juice running down your face and you'll revel in every second of it. The perfect lunch.
Sorry dudes, you're so close to my work, and our office loves you. But I've tried your burritos thrice, and I won't come back.
There's nothing wrong per se, I just find it a bit bland!
My virgin visit to Daddy Donkey, which sounds far more rude than it actually is, was a delightfully happy lunchtime affair. When I saw the queue my legs wobbled - I was afraid, I was petrified, that I would never get to the counter before fainting. But, fear not, the tide of the Daddy Donkey lunchtime ride is swift and calmly envelopes you toward your goal, giving you enough time to choose amongst the variations and actually get excited about putting food in your mouth.
I went for a fajita burrito, chicken, no jalapenos, extra guacamole and mild strength. My palate is of a delicate temperament and I didn't want to fill up on water over food - the resulting burrito? Beautiful. Flavoursome, stout, fat and proudly wrapped in foil. Watch the drippage, it's a messy and cumbersome toil but well worth it for the satisfaction. If you are a lucky camper you can even rest your feet post queue on their diddy donkey tables and pass the time by staring at the various amusing comic figures adorned on their van. A definite must for a hunk of fulsome fodder of a lunch-time period. Win!
After my first couple of lunch burritos, I had nearly given up on Daddy Donkey. These things were flavourless, the coriander rice was indistinguishable from plain rice, and worst of all, even the 'spicy' sauce makes you question if there are chillis in it.
Then, one morning I was struck by the compulsion to have a proper breakfast out before heading to the office, so I struck out for Le Regal, my go-to Full English destination... only to discover it had closed. Shock and horror! On my way back toward the office, I stumbled across DD's sign promoting their breakfast burrito and thought to myself, 'Self, you might as well give them one last chance, right?' Why not?
I requested such an item, with black beans, please. A blob of microwaved(?) egg-y substance plopped out of a plastic jug onto the chopping board along with a massive sausage. Both were diced into chunks through the use a near-mezzaluna-sized blade and handily transported to my burrito on the knife's flat. A few dollops of salsa and a sprinkling of grated cheese later, I was off on my merry way with breakfast burrito in tow.
How did it stack up? Considering the options for breakfast burritos in the city number in the single digits (as far as I'm aware... do correct me if I'm wrong), it's a wonder that there's an outlet within walking distance of my flat. Compared to the real thing? It's still a dim shadow.
If they threw in some proper spicy chorizo, a couple of seasoned home fries, and some honest-to-goodness scrambled eggs, we'd be getting closer. As it stands, I'm just grateful to have a mediocre stand-in. And it's easy enough to doctor up with enough Cholula...
For the longest, I thought burritos were really hard to come by in London until I stumbled upon Daddy Donkey on Leather Lane. This is definitely one of the busier food stalls on the street - and they even have limits to how many you can order during lunch! I usually go for the steak burrito. Be warned, the spicy salsa is REALLY spicy. It is much safer to go with Medium.
It's definitely one of the best burritos I've had in London so far.
The best burrito that I have had in London. I had the Daddy D with tomatillo and habanero sauce. The serving are great. I have searched far and wide in this town for a good burrito. This is as close as I am gonna get to "L.A." good.
The only minuses are pico de gallo, flour tortillas for the tacos, they charged extra for jalapenos, and it is in the city.
I would love another location outside of the souless money laundering city. But I will be back. It is worth the trip. Even if it made me homesick.
I like donkeys. I like little donkeys. I like medium sized donkeys. But daddy donkeys? They truly are the best of all donkeys - diminutive suffixes and all.
What I'm saying is Daddy Donkey = delicioso grande burros.
My papa burro was as action packed as Daddy Donkey's van at Leather Lane, buzzing with ass-kicking style, fresh veg, rice, salsa, black beans, and some of the friendliest amigos in town. Anyone that gets to wear a Mexican mustache and sombrero and make as many "big-ass" name puns on a daily basis is living the dulce vida.
The fact that they also wrap up fresh-mex ingredients into the glory that is an authentic tortillas? Dios te bendiga.
I have read the reviews of my excellent fellow yelpers but have my own views of Daddy Donkey that I'd like to share.
A Coworker of mine asked me if I wanted to try a new place for lunch, of course I said yes, one can only eat in the canteen so many times before it gets a bit dull. When I asked where we were going his eyes kind of glazed over and he whispered..."Daddy Donkey!" Now I don't know if it was his Greek accent or the far off look in his eyes, but the way he said "Daddy Donkey" I walked out of the office wondering if we were going for food or to some kind of male stripper lunch spot...ooooo Daddy Donkey.
We walked through a maze of various stalls and I'm looking from side to side, expecting to see a dark door or some secret passages leading to this mystical place. After walking, what felt like miles, we arrived at a food stand with a very long queue and I start to get excited as I realise that Daddy Donkey sells burritos! Finally...has this American girl found her burrito salvation! Come on...you can totally understand my excitement, with a name like Daddy Donkey I'm expecting a donkey of a burrito, whatever that means, but for the sake of argument let's just say it means a damn good burrito.
I'm almost giddy with excitement as I order my burrito and practically run back to the office, taste buds salivating! Unwrapping the burrito is bliss as I feel its weight and smell the chicken and cheese...yummy. I take a big bite and as the flavor bursts across my tongue I'm left.... well... a bit disappointed. Maybe I had too many expectations but there is no ecstasy...no joy...no VA VA Voom! The burrito was underwhelming! It lacked the punch I'm accustomed to from truly superb burritos and on top of that it needed salt. So sadly, my quest continues for an amazing burrito in London and I'll have to continue getting my burrito fix in America....oh the memories of shrimp burritos in Cali......hmmmm.
I'm really um-ing and urr-ing between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I thought the burritos were pretty average, the rice was plain not flavoured, the salsa was quite watery and it seemed a bit smaller than ones I've had elsewhere. Saying that it was still ruddy delicious, burritos aren't as hard as they used to be to get hold of in London so with this new competition I think I'm going to plum for 3 stars.
The staff were friendly and the tortilla chips were tastier than they are in Chilango but the steak I had was quite chewy and the guy on the till was very abrupt with me and got me a Coke when I asked for a Sprite. There's only two benches to sit down on and they're outside. I think I should make that quite clear to Yelp that this is a stall on the market, I went here based on Yelp reviews and didn't quite pick that up and was kind of expecting to sit inside, still there's nothing wrong with that as long as you realise.
So yes 3 stars because it's good food but it could be a lot better.
I love mexican food and Daddy Donkey offers a selection of above par burrito's at a decent price.
I've been working in Farringdon for the last couple of weeks and a friend said I should check out Daddy's while I'm in the area. Now, it may have been bad timing on my part, but I ended up waiting 35 minutes in the queue to get my Burrito when I went on a Friday lunchtime.
I got the Naked Chicken Burrito (hot) and it was awesome, but worth waiting 35 minutes for, possibly not.
There's another less busy Burrito stand in Exmouth Market (round the corner) where you get practically the same thing for the same price and don't have to wait.
As an American ex-pat I am always on the quest to find the perfect burrito in London, and can honestly say you will not come closer than to go to Daddy Donkey. I always get the 'Daddy D' Tomatillo beef as the meat melts in your mouth and is simply fantastic.
They aren't shy on piling on the toppings like some other places, but word of warning, their hot sauces are pretty dang hot! No complaints there, but could be dangerous if you cant tolerate the heat.
They are mega busy from 12-2 ish when the local lunchtime city worker crowd comes out, best to try to get there a little early to avoid the queue. Price wise you are looking at around £6 for a burritos and 50p or so extra for guacamole, which seems to be the standard going rate.
There may not be the selection of burritos that I am used to getting in California, but for my money it doesn't get better than this in London.
I struggled 20 minutes through the rain on my lunchbreak to come to this special little place, having seen all the positive reviews on QYPE.
The burrito I had was really really nice. Its just a shame I had to eat it stood outside on the street in the rain..seasoning my already wet coat with some hot sauce!
I normally don't like buying food from these kinds of mobile snack servers. You tend to worry about cleanliness and such, but they look like they take that kind of thing seriously here.
Choose your type of burrito, choose your meat then choose your sauce as you walk along the van. Best burrito I've had in London so far!
I used to think Daddy Donkey were the top of the line Rolls Royce of Burritos. Sadly though the quality has dipped of late, and I now find them merely mediocre. I am not sure whether this is because of their expansion into Brick Lane, or because a lot of top quality competition is now available but whatever the reason, Daddy Donkey is no longer the Daddy in my opinion.
Last time I went there, My burrito was assembled inconsistently. I was first met by bland rice, followed by a face full of sour cream and cheese, followed by some meat, and finally by a sludge of beans and chilli sauce. It was rather unpleasant, but if they can fix their assembly line problems they are in with a chance to regain their former crown as my number 1 burrito in London. The ingredients were fine, it's just that it seemed to be rolled the wrong way. The 3 stars are temporary until I can go back there and give them a chance to redeem themselves.
I've been wanting to try Daddy Donkey for a good number of months now, and I finally dragged a friend here today! From what I could tell he had never really had a burrito before (I'm a burrito fanatic), but we both got fajita burritos, mine veggie and his steak. The one downside to mine was that they forgot to put in the guacamole, or maybe I'm just supposed to tell them, I guess since guacamole might be foreign and weird to some? No matter, it was still very tasty. However I did make the mistake of going for the hottest salsa and couldn't finish my burrito because my eyes were tearing up so badly!
My friend fared much better and seemed to really like his burrito, saying he was pleasantly surprised.
Knowing and loving Chipotle, I'm not sure which is better, taste-wise. They're about at the same level, although I believe Chipotle in England doesn't offer fajita burritos (they do in America) so it's a bummer. Considering, however, that Daddy D is about £1 less than those at Chipotle, next time I'm craving one of them beauties if it's lunch time I'm going for Daddy D :D
Whenever I get to London this is a must-do!
Burritos can be ordered in different degrees of spicyness up to something you would consider to be a biological weapon. :-)
For less than 10 Pounds you can have a delicious lunch including soft drinks and tip.
I miss a place like this here in Düsseldorf. :-(
Great burrito place! On a very competitive stretch of street food vendors (Leather Lane), Daddy Donkey ALWAYS has long queues during Friday lunchtimes. Having tried several other burrito places in London, this comes a close second to my favourite, Chilango.
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Love me some taco trucks. DD has a streamlined menu, which is a good sign. Burritos and soft tacos are lovely.
Pay 50p extra for the toasted pumpkin seeds, and defo get the hot salsa.
They pile on just the right amount of beans, salsa, meat, cheese, gauc, etc. Yum!
After months of hearing epic tales of Daddy Donkey from my closest network of burrito fanciers, my visit there today was completely by accident after walking to another nearby burrito vendor and finding it closed. My colleague's eyes lit up, and he said in an excited low whisper, "We could always go to Daddy Donkey...".
Approaching the van I was surprised to see that it was a self-contained van, rather than the more "cart" arrangement at Freebird the popularity of the place became apparent, by way of the blue Tensabarriers erected for crowd control, and also the apologetic notice that due to Friday popularity they could only now accept orders of up to 5 burritos per customer. They were getting through the orders fairly swiftly though, and so it wasn't long before I'd negotiated the gauntlet of smiley burrito assembly line workers and was hooking with gusto into my first ever Picadillo burrito - a sort of spicy ground beef arrangement.
Maybe the problem was the constant hyperbole, however my burrito verdict on this occasion was "Good". Even if you factored in the atmospheric component of sitting at the scattered handful of rickety furniture (which my colleague assured me was "very mexican"), there was no denying that what I had was a very tasty yet poorly constructed burrito... almost as if they'd rolled it sideways, such that with each bite you got a mouthful of a successive ingredient. And nobody wants a mid-lunchtime mouthful of cold sour cream. My burrito companion looked at me with deflated shoulders and confessed that he'd just chomped into a complete mouthful of rice, and that by comparison to usual it was all a bit bland.
To its credit, my final bite appeared to contain most of the salsa sauce, and as I wandered up and down Leather Lane waiting for my colleague to finish I noted that the flavour persisted and was incredibly tasty. But that doesn't catapult a burrito vendor into the coveted 5-star category. There was absolutely no question as to the quality of the ingredients - however you've got to know how to assemble them right too, and on this occasion the donkey daddy made an ass of itself.
I used to work near Leather Lane and this was my favourite lunch place. Now I am working in another part of London and even though I am close to Benitos Hat it is not the same. In short, Daddy Donkey is the best burrito I've had in London - the lime rice, the beans and the strong chargrilled flavour of the nicely marinated chicken mixed with the spicy sauce, all coming together in harmony for a perfect burrito.
I wish it was closer to my current office. I'm having a bit of a craving now....
I don't think I can quite bring myself to give a street vendor a 5 star review, but yes the burritos here are super.
If, like me, you were hoping for a sit-down restaurant and perhaps didn't read the reviews on Qype properly, then you are in for a disappointment. Daddy Donkey (I should have known by the name!) is a street vendor, and your burritos are served from a van.
Also you should probably know that the hours are limited; it trades only at the same time as the rest of the market on Leather Lane. I'm only mentioning this because I came one evening having heard about it only to find there was no such restaurant. That's because the van had packed up and gone home many hours before
It's great during the day, though, and you should go and take your burrito to a nearby square and sit and eat it!
When I used to work in the area, I think I visited this place far too many times for my own good. It's nice to see the owner expand his stall to the larger caravan sized stall that they operate out of.
For about £6, I used to order a huge burrito that you can get with chicken, pork or beef. I preferred the chicken because it had that slightly charring that added a level of smokiness the other meats never used to have. It's fairly simple where you follow the line and they ask if you want other fillings and how hot you want it (mine - always the very spicy with extra chillis).
It's great as a lunch and one of the more flavoursome burritos I've had around town.
Deeeeeeeeelicious! I could almost end the review there, but I won't.
This place has been going for a couple of years now and has grown from a little hut to a massive fast-food trailer. But don't be put off by the fast food label it's fast because they're efficient. They have a factory-like assembly line thing going on which means your order just breezes through.
The food it's self is delicious Mexican burritos (Spanish for little donkey, apparently) in various flavours - the chicken is my favourite. Once ordered it goes along the assembly line until you get to the sauces. At this point you can choose how hot you want it to be. Then it's all wrapped up and presented in a nice little package for you to enjoy!
Ooh, make sure you have something to catch the drips they're very juicy!
Hands down the best burrito I've had in London. Cannot recommend them enough!
After hearing a lot about Daddy Donkey my burrito buddies and I decided to trek down and check it out for #burritofriday.
Happy to say I am not disappointed as a lot of market stalls can be hit and miss especially after the lunchtime rush.
I went for the Tomatillo beef burrito. Tasted fresh and was well wrapped. Beef was shredded, full of flavour and plentiful. Will try the Steak next time.
Only downsides were that I was rushed through the ordering process so fast (still in lunch rush mode I think) that I couldn't hear or make out what the staff were saying.
Also I felt that the price was a little too high for a market stall burrito with no seating. Remember to pick up a napkin, they didnt put one in the bag.
Overall a really good burrito that reminded me of something you would get served in San Fran. If this were in an area I travel too more frequently it would become a regular food stop.
Thubms up for the yummy burrito
Will come back and bring some friends over
For any Americans looking to satisfy a Chipotle craving, this place is for you! They're pretty much set up exactly the same. You order your burrito, they add beans, etc and then pass it down to a station where you choose your salsa and other delicious fillings. The taste is about the same too. I was estatic to come across this place during a stroll through the market. There is usually a huge queue but it goes really fast. The price point isnt' too bad. For their very large burritos they charge about £5 - £6 depending on what type of meat you have chosen. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for good Tex-Mex in LDN.
This gets five stars for being one of the only decent places to get a burrito in London. As a California resident, I have high standards for mexican food, but Daddy Donkey hit the spot. Super fresh ingredients and awesome taste. Not to mention decently priced for the amount of food. I am very much a fan!
No... red... onions. What's red onions doing in this burrito when I told you: no red onions EVAAARRRR? I work and work 'til I'm half-dead, and I hear people saying, "She's getting old." And what do I get? A burrito cart... who cares as much about the pounds and pennies I give it... as it cares about me. What's red onions doing in this burrito? Answer me. I give you pounds and pennies, and you treat them like they were for some onion salad. You do. Five-hundred penny burrito filled with red onion. We'll see how many you've got if they're hidden somewhere. We'll see... we'll see. Get out of that cart. All of this is coming out. Out. Out. Out. Out. Out. Out. You've got any more? We're gonna see how many red onions you've got in your cart. Red onions, why? Why?
OH MY GOD! I am in heaven. Amazing .. go get one now !
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