What was Kurinji, the South Indian and Sri Lankan place on Hoe Street (well, one of several) has shut its doors and reinvented itself as La Hacienda - a tex-mex restaurant.
Now, I wouldn't go so far as to describe the food as "as if it was made by someone who'd heard of Mexican food but never eaten it", which is how it was described to me by a fellow diner in the pub after. But it wasn't wildly successful either.
The good news: it's cheap, portion sizes are good, the staff are nice, the salsa and parsley dressing for the salads are both quite good - if noticeably not traditional in their Mexicaneyness, and the decor is lovely - someone's really gone to town on the look of the place.
The bad news: the ever-present ding of the microwave in the kitchen, along with the clearly bought-in tortillas, bland (also probably bought in) guacamole and frozen, rather than fresh, spinach mean the food is generally on the tasteless side. Given the current trend for street food, and how great good Mexican food is (and how easy it is to make it great), then that's a pretty poor start.
I kinda want these guys to succeed - after all, there's no other Mexican in E17. But on this basis, I won't be hurrying back.
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