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Recommended Reviews for Lupita
70 reviews in English
Review from Katrin L.
- 0 friends
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
After just arriving in London we checked in our hotel and went for a walk to enjoy that beautiful sunny day. We wanted some snack to take to the park and thought passed in front of this mexican which seemed a nice option for that day, it was indeed!
Pretty close to the Victoria embankment park, we enjoyed our opened tortillas with their delish spicy sauces there, bought few drinks on the store next door which the waitress said would be much cheaper than buying there!
I had a vegetarian opened tortilla with frijoles, avocados, onions and cream cheese, my partner had opened tuna and avocado tortillas! Both were really nice, huge portions considering that we just wanted a snack.
Review from Mike A.
I've been here a few times, usually spontaneously dropping in when in the area. I think perhaps it's hit its inevitable decline? The first time my dinner companions and I were treated to a good meal, with the bonus of the table-side guacamole preparation, where they bring the avocados and other ingredients, and cut and mash everything there for you - very fresh, and a nice touch, kind of like when they flambe' a dish at your table at fancier restaurants.
I recently returned for a quick bite between lunch and dinner, and this time the guacamole was downright bad. I think they used old lemon juice to try and extend the life of it, and it wasn't working - just because they stemmed the transformation from green to brown, they couldn't hide the decline in taste, nor the fact that it was more than a few hours (days?) old. Also, the tortilla chips were hard, dense, and oily. As for my meal, the tacos were pretty marginal, and again the tortillas used were sub-par.
I also had the misfortune of using the bathroom downstairs. It stunk due to there being no proper ventilation. I'm usually not that skittish, but I almost puked when I was in there in the warm and humid stinky environment. It was all I could do to wash my hands quickly and leave. This loo experience may be OK for a dive bar, but not a restaurant!
Review from Lindsey A.
love this place!
-central london=best way to get there is tube because there is no parking near by
-limited dinning space=hard to get a seat
-small portions for the prices= london prices not mexico or California prices :( two tiny tiny tacos for £7.... you need about 3 of these to fill you up, im not a big person either
if you want to save money best bet is to not order the yummy mouthwatering tacos and go for a burrito as one burrito will fill you up for 1/3 of the price
I gave a 4 star as I wish their tacos where bigger or they where priced lower; either or, I want to feel that I am getting my money worth
Review from Kelsey R.
- 14 friends
While on a holiday in London, a friend that works nearby wanted to try this place and coerced me into accompanying her. I did go in skeptical as I am from Texas and have been to Mexico frequently. Very convenient to the tube. This place wasn't terrible though. Portion sizes are small for the prices compared to "authentic," but not too bad for central London. Service was okay. Did not satisfy the mexican craving that I'd been yearning to satiate, but it was decent.
Review from George M.
- 0 friends
New York, USA
Wasn't the biggest fan of the flan. Just isn't my thing. Also had the nopales which had grilled cactus with refried beans. Not my thing.
Had a lot of options but the 4 things I ordered last just weren't that good. I'll give this place another shot.
Review from Grant T.
Oh Lupita, I had high hopes for you, but alas, you failed me.
On my never-ending quest to get Mexican in London, we tried out Lupita. It smelled good coming in and the menu looked great.
We ordered the premium margaritas. Which were better than most places, but the balance of flavor was a bit off. They were a tad too sweet, which is strange given the ingredients. It didn't stop us from finishing the pitcher though.
For starters we got guacamole and what I thought was going to be nachos, but was just beans, meat, guacamole and a bit of cheese on top of chips. Unfortunately, neither of them was really outstanding. The guacamole was bland. Which is impressive because I make it at home and I can't understand how it can turn out so bland. In fact, my guacamole was ridiculously better than the stuff made here. The nacho-like dish was alright, but also a bit bland. Salt. The key to Mexican is salt. Beans need salt. Avocados need salt. Unfortunately, the lack of salt in the dishes was severely obvious.
For mains I had lengua (beef tongue) tacos. The tongue was really chewy. The menu claimed it would be slow cooked, but I don't really think it was. Nava ordered beans with chorizo as a side, and again bland. I ordered the side of chiles because I thought it might spice things up a bit. The waitress warned me they were really really really really really really really hot. And they were. The chiles were the best thing there. Adding them to my tacos (and basically everything else on the table) really made everything better. Which is disappointing because they should be able to get the spice levels right.
When the waitress asked me what I thought of the chiles (and by this time I was loving them and my face was read and tears were slowly dripping out of my eyes), I flat out told her that they were amazing, but I had to add them to my food to make it better because everything seemed a bit bland otherwise. She agreed. That's not a good sign. When the waitress tells you that everything would be spicier if it were in Mexico, but they cut back because of the British palate, you know there's a problem.
It just didn't do it for me unfortunately, and won't be coming back here any time soon.
Review from Vicky L.
I had guac made for me! It's a special menu item!
While that was super fun, I must say my guac. is better. i had something super cheesy and hyper gratinated- yum. Mexican with loads of melted cheese might not be the most authentic but it's certainly delicious.
I enjoyed the cocktail and had immense fun, but that could be my dinner date with and not indicative of the food quality.
3.5 stars, but not quite up to 4 stars yet.
Review from Jenni D.
Having not seen my friend for two years as she'd been travelling around Mexico, I racked my brain for where to take her. I'd have never had guessed her first suggestion would have been a Mexican restaurant.
But she raved about it, saying they flew the avocados straight over from Mexico and there was mention of deep fried cheese. Basically, I was sold pretty quickly. Also, it's always nice to go somewhere with a semi-expert.
This teeny tiny bar was jam packed on the Thursday we went in. But the staff were happy and friendly enough and said we could have a drink from the bar and a menu while we waited.
We were quickly sat at the bar, where you can see everything being made by the chefs. Not the best place to sit when you're a tad peckish, but a great view otherwise.
We shared some fried cheese and guacamole and I ate a delicious Tuna Taco.
I must admit, I came away a tad hungry and a little more skint than I'd hoped (the Corona's were a little on the expensive side) but everything else from the food to the view to the waitress were top notch.
Would love to go again.
Review from Molly A.
A Mexican friend organized a night out here, claiming that Lupita served the most authentic Mexican food that he had found in London. He must have been right, because everyone in our group wiped our plates clean!
Our meal started with a guacamole demo performed by a genial member of the staff. In my opinion, there are few things in the world better than fresh guac! Then we all ordered a round of cocktails. I ordered the ludwika paleta. I don't know what that means, but it must translate into yummy and refreshing strawberry cocktail.
For the main course, I ordered a tuna tostada and tortilla chips served with half of an avocado stuffed with shrimp. I must have been eating with my eyes, because I couldn't finish both dishes! They were both delicious, though. My only complaint is that our waiter was a bit slow.
While I am definitely a fan of Lupita, the prices are not budget-friendly. If I'm going to blow money fast for Mexican food, I might go to Wahaca instead because it has a bigger menu.
Review from Shrimoyee C.
- 445 friends
We were hungry and tipsy walking around Covent Garden in search of food at 11 pm on a Saturday, we hear some groovy Mexican music playing from this non pretentious place. We walk closer to see that it was a Mexican restaurant and completely packed even at that time of the night. I immediately check the yelp reviews and realize that I have come in the right place (more than 70 reviews and mostly 4 and 5 stars? You can't go wrong).
A friendly, pretty Latina escorts us to a table near the window and hands us the menu (the quirkiest one I have seen). The menu was absolutely confusing because everything on it sounded delicious. I stuck with tacos and ordered a beef and cheese taco with guacamole (It was the best guacamole and tacos I have ever tasted). We also ordered for a Brazillian Spiced cocktail and I have to say that I have never tasted something like that before (It had tequila and some Brazilian liquor) because it was spicy, salty and sweet all at the same time!
The music and the ambiance is an absolute winner, it immediately gets you in the fun and loud Mexican mood! I am not going to complain about the price and portion because the food and service was totally worth the amount we paid (It is not ridiculously expensive but definitely not as cheap as Bar Burrito).
Verdict: If you want to try the best Mexican of your life then definitely try this place!
Review from Anoop K.
My wife raved abuot this place last time she was at the Shoreditch branch so I really wanted to love it, but alas I did not. I should blame her for hyping it up probably.
We went to the Embankment branch, for a friend's surprise bday and the staff were nice, the beers cold, and music good.
Hmm..so what was my problem...
Oh yeah, I found the food a little bland unfortunately; I had a burrito which Im pretty sure should be served in foil, otherwise what happens/happened is that the whole thing falls apart. I tried a few things that others' had ordered (a habit I have picked up from Mrs K) and they weren't that much better. At the risk of sounding like more of a (s)nob than I undoubtedly already do, having been to Mexico and lived in SoCal, I was expecting the food to be a lot better.
I must say though that the Guac they gave us with the tortilla chips at the start was amazing!
Review from Mike S.
Review from Zoe S.
- 2 friends
I had high hopes for this place but sadly was left a little disappointed! (I wish I had just gone to wahaca!)
Started with guacamole which was made fresh at the table. This was fun, and it's freshness showed in the flavour! I found the chips pretty tasteless though and a bit stale.
We had a number of different dishes on the menu, some where good and other's were just pretty bland! Highlights included some tasty chicken tacos and the cactus (first time I tried and I really enjoyed it!). I was very disappointed with the tuna tacos which had absolutely no flavour and were so dry.
The cocktails were good, but didn't make up for the poor food!
The staff were great and really friendly and were probably the best bit about this place!
Review from Sunny K.
It's always interesting reviewing a place that my hubby has beat me to. I'd just like to clarify that I didn't rave about Lupita before - just their guac! Which he rightly notes is pretty awesome and super fresh. I also tried the deep fried cheese this time, which while *wrong*, is also very moreish. It's kinda like the crunchy bits you get of cheese on the side of a baked pasta dish. I had to move the item further down the table so that I didn't keep nibbling on it. I think I'd probs order it again though ;)
Lupita tries hard but I really think there are only a couple of things on the menu that work. The enchiladas I tried this time were delish! Super calorific but good for an occasional treat :D
Review from Jason E.
I'll let everyone else take care of reviewing the rest of the menu, but let me tell you this. Chicharron de Queso is the best thing that ever happened to cheese. If you like cheese you'll love it, if you don't like cheese you'll love it, if you put one thing in your mouth before you die and it's not in heels, eat this. Chicharron De Queso is why your tongue was fitted with taste buds, it is more munch-worthy than Shakira's bikini gusset. It is the altar on which to sacrifice your waistline and your wages. It is the ultimate culmination of the cooked dairy product. It is what Ace Rimmer and Jesus will order when they are next on earth. It improves your love-life, it makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, you will be better at sports after eating it, all sports. Your chances of winning the lottery will increase by 17% and your tummy will love you.
The margaritas are quite good too.
Review from Mital P.
Lupita is one of those places that's popular because its trendy. It also happens to be in a street with such high footfall that it would be impossible for it to fail no matter how bad it was.
But in my book that's no excuse for serving mediocre food and I attentive service.
While I appreciate that the guacamole is made fresh in front of you, there's no point in having it because its the most tasteless, bland guacamole I've ever had. Even the stuff you can get in jars in the supermarket tastes better.
It's a shame really because I was hoping Lupita would be so much better than it was.
It's pricey too. If you want pricey street food, make the short walk to Wahaca where you'll at least get decent food and service for your money...
The one saving grace is the Agua de Jamaica is really good here, and they use all the authentic names for the dishes and such.
Review from Kendell M.
- 2 friends
Delicious Mexican food and great drinks. I had the carnitas burrito and it was outstanding! Everything was fresh, from the lettuce to the guacamole and the tortilla. The waiter (his name escapes me) was also awesome. He recommended a delicious margarita which was very good. I would recommend this place for anyone who is looking for a delicious Mexican restaurant.
Review from Valerie S.
Lupita is a gem. In the ongoing quest to find spots for Tequila Tuesday, Lupita came up early: in fact, it was one of the first. Friends and I also celebrated TT#8 at the new Lupita near Brick Lane, and both times, I was undeniably pleased with every aspect of my experience.
The food is absolutely amazing, and the cochinita pibil perfectly captures exactly what slow-cooked pork is supposed to be--taking the time to make such a vital component of the Mexican taco menu properly is definitely a highlight.
There are lots of options for drinks, and I was pleased to try a new one at the new Lupita opening: the ingredients are a bit fuzzy in my memory (I blame the drink), but I remember it had brown sugar, and perfectly complimented a delicious cheese and chorizo fundito. Their pico de gallo is spicy and fresh, as is the guacamole.
The prices at Lupita are standard for London, and it's not unusual to spend £20 without realizing it. However, the service is attentive, and the manager who served my friends and I during our first visit remembered us at our second, despite the new location. It's nice, in a city so big, to be well fed and well cared for in such a way.
Review from Wayne H.
Where I grew up Mexican food is not known to be expensive or too commercialized.
Hence my conflict with Lupita.
Everything on the menu tastes great, from the tacos on through to the tortilla soup. But having its roots in La Cuidad, I held out hope that it would feature more Mexican-esque options such a cabeza (beef head meat), lengua (beef tongue) and perhaps even menudo (innards).
Not at all disappointed. Worth noting that dishes are bite sized and the prices not so much.
Review from Sharon D.
- 21 friends
Costa Mesa, USA
As for Lupita, this was a big shocker to find mexican in London.
To find mexican and have it be great was the biggest shocker.
Definitely the Al Pastor was hands down authentic and tasty.
The Conchinita was really great as well.
The service is friendly and the place gets packed at night.
Go during the off hours to not have to wait around.
Review from Natalie W.
First time I went to Lupita my friend vetoed shrimp tacos so we went with a few things I wouldn't have ordered and then a few slightly experimental dishes I suggested. Cactus quesadillas were interesting and I found the huitlacoche (truffle) quesadilla just not to my personal taste (I'm not a huge mushroom fan in general). The arrachera and pastor tacos were both pretty tasty but again wouldn't have been my first choice. So I resolved to go back and make better decisions!
Second time I got to order the tacos gobernador (shrimp) and they were delicious. I would definitely recommend them and get them again. My friend also really enjoyed the cochinta pibil.
Service is a little uneven - sometimes you are left sitting for a long time (although I had my back to the restaurant so couldn't catch anyone's eye easily). However, the food seems to come quickly once ordered and servers are responsive if you flag them down. It's always busy but you are not rushed at all.
Review from Elle M.
Review from Michelle X.
- 1 friend
Review from Caren H.
It is nice to have a beyond-burritos place to sit down, have some affordable Mexican, and sip on some margaritas.
I like that there is a very authentic Mexican menu--everything from nopales and tortilla soup to chiliquiles.
We stuck to tacos and they are served up Mexican style--no sides, no toppings, just meat in a tortilla so order plenty of sides.
Didn't love the nachos, although i prefer American-style nachos.
You can eat a lot of different dishes for cheap and samples lots of different Mexican specialties, thus the high rating.
I do prefer the Churros at Wahaca though.
Review from Steph P.
- 0 friends
You know that scene in Ace Ventura when Ace discovers that Einhorn in a man? He proceeds to squeeze an entire tube of toothpaste in his mouth, burns his clothes and then cowers crying in the shower. This is how I feel after eating at Lupita.
We had the tinga chicken tacos and the carnitas burrito and both were terrible. Of the five sauces that we tried, only one tasted like it had not been poured straight out of a can. The spicy chipotle mayo was insipid and disgusting. To add insult to injury, they charge extra for a side of this slop.
The whole place looked like it needed a good cleaning, especially the bathrooms which reminded me of the free toilet you might find at a public park.
Review from Linzi M.
Oh Lupita, I had such high hopes for us, I thought we could really be something to each other. But you let me down, like all the rest.
Wahaca, you can breathe easy, Lupita will not be coming to steal your undeserved London taqueria food crown any time soon.
I was really excited to give this place a try, the menu looks authentic and full of weird and exciting things. Cactus, truffle quesdillas and guacamole that they make at your table.
Sadly the food was so mediocre. The cactus was canned, understandably enough. But the guac was just a big bowl of onion and tomato with some avocado cubes. Not prepared at our table, though I did see them do it for others. Are some tables more special than others? Let's call it an onion dip because it was in no way guacamole and for £7, I want some damn avocado mashed with effort!
After our first round of food, which was so disappointing, we ordered some nachos. After all, who does nachos badly? Lupita.
The service was woeful and my companions told me to leave less than the added 12.5% but I am way too non-confrontation for that. They brought the wrong drinks, never explained why we didn't get our guac made for us, forgot my sour cream and just disappeared for ages.
On the brightside I love the modern feel of the place and you can sit at the bar if you are by yourself. Maybe you should because the tables are tiny.
I know it's new, but it would really need to try harder to survive now that these new 'authentic Mexican' places are popping up everywhere. I'm bumping it to a three because in my heart it's a two star but it's so new you need to give it a chance yourself.
Review from Larissa G.
Mexican food is a divisive thing.
If you like yours bland and expensive, you might want to try out Lupita.
Conversely, if you like your guacamole to be absolutely heaving with onions and chillis, therefore obliterating any tasty freshness of the comparatively tiny portion of avocado, then Lupita's got you covered too.
For me, Lupita seriously underperformed, as I like my Mexican food tasty and cheap and my guacamole refreshing and limey.
I have granted Lupita an extra star for having mixed me a perfectly respectable margarita, even if they tried and failed to coat the rim of my glass with table salt.
That's right... table. salt.
Review from Miriam W.
Lupita presents Mexican street food -- tacos, tortas -- in a slicked up modern environment. The place is full, so they're clearly hitting a high note for their guests.
The good news: the salsas are pretty tasty, especially the green one and the menu ranges far and wide, featuring Mexican insider delicacies like cochinita pibil, tinga de pollo and huitlacoche. As well, you'll hear a lot of Spanish spoken among the staff in the restaurant.
The bad news is that the Spanish is spoken by Spaniards not Mexicans and the food follows suit. Where to begin?
- Canned jalapenos
- Table salt rimmed margaritas
- Cheap chips woefully lacking in flavour, that break too easily and are definitely not freshly fried
- Similarly bad tortillas (probably produced in the same factory)
Advice (so as to end this review on a high note): Do get the al pastor tacos and look past the tortila and the strange British tasting pork and you'll enjoy wonderfully spiced, authentic al pastor flavours.
Review from Lizzie G.
- 1866 friends
I've been hanging out with Americans too much. Not only do I crave fountain fizzy pop with more ice than drink in the cup, when drunk, my crazed, food frenzied shout is for Mexican food. Long gone are the days of "nug nugs" and "CHICKEN IN A BOX".
Last night I was drunk. I was in central London and being rained on. I was hungry and on the hunt for something that would fill my belly and stop the queezy feeling that was coming on and threatening my journey home. Larissa D guided me into Lupita for take out and we ordered something. I say that because to be honest I just remember them looking like tacos and being tasty.
The terrified gent that took our order was obviously grateful that we were only ordering take out. He did not want this drunk chicks in his establishment. He's not KFC okay!?
So a somewhat filling take out snack was £17, bit of a rip off really but tasty and filling and Mexican enough for me to be satisfied.
Review from Christina K.
- 104 friends
Yorba Linda, USA
It is almost impossible to find GOOD mexican food in London....
After countless dissapointments of bad tortilla chips and bad tacos I was excited to see another Mexican restaurant pop up.
First of all - the service here is not the greatest. Almost impossible to get the attention of the many servers in the restaurant, or remembering to bring your 2nd order of drinks. The manager (some big Mexican guy??) seems on top of his game, but it's a shame about his staff.
Anyways, heres the breakdown:
Guacomole - actually not bad at all, lots of fresh ingredients and tasted similair to the ones Ive had in Cali.
Tortilla chips - not fresh, tasted the kind you buy from the bag. Hard to find a place that actually mkes fresh chips from flour tortillas.
Tacos carnitas- lots of flavor, probaby the best thing on the menu
Quesedilla with beef? - uses cheddar cheese or something which makes the dish taste a bit sickening
Coffee/espresso margaritas - delicious, basically like a frothy espresso martini YUM
Conclusion - it's decent and i probably would have given a another star if it wasn't so pricey.
Review from Denise B.
- 5 friends
I liked Lupita! We stumbled across it walking up to the Strand from Embankment station and thought -- yeah, why not! It was 5:30 and already almost full, so in we went and sat right down, luckily because 20 minutes later the tables were all full.
We got guacamole and I confess I was a teeny bit disappointed in it, though ours was full of avocado and all the other veg, I too felt I'd like to see it mixed at our table so we could call which ingredients we wanted more or less of. But there was lots of it. We had to buy chips, which one should not have to do in a Mexican restaurant, but at least the three salsas were home made and delicious and each different in flavour and heat.
I agree that they need to make their own chips, or at least, don't give people the tiny crushed ones from the bottom of the bag because who can use a crumb to pick up some sauce or guac? At least sort them, because if we have to pay for each bowl of chips, each bowl of chips should be perfect!
And since chips are one of the most ubiquitous parts of a Mexican meal, they need to be freshly made on site. Really, folks, how hard is it to deep-fry your own corn tortillas? I ALWAYS do that when I'm cooking Mexican at home, because that alone makes people think the meal is amazing. It's so easy and makes such a huge difference, all restaurants that purport to have authentic Mexican food should be frying their own chips, not pouring them out of a bag.
That quibble aside (but it's not a small one, Lupita, you really need to change this!!) the food was quite good. However the refried beans came buried under more chips, which we had already ordered another basket of for finishing our Guacamole. Couldn't the waiter have warned us that the refritos were going to come under an avalanche of chips so we could have not wasted an entire basket of them?
And I couldn't even dig out the beans. Please don't serve them under chips, keep the two things separate so we can decide how many chips to eat with the beans. I mean, maybe I wanted to eat them with a fork or add them to my vulcan tacos with mushrooms (best part of the meal, BTW). But that was impossible to do.
The tacos carnitas (slow-cooked barbecued pork) were terrific, but we had to order our ten year old two plates of them, the portions are so tiny that they are barely even tapas-sized. The torilla soup was the best thing ever!
So kind of an up and down experience. We had no problems with the waiter except that even though he looked like a blond surfer (He was, we asked) he had a thick Mexico City accent that made communication a bit challenging. But I like to use my Spanish so that worked out okay.
We loved the soft drinks, the Hibiscus Flower and the passionfruit ones were great!
The salsas are excellent and varied and the authentic pickled hot peppers were too. We liked it and will go back but there are areas that still need improvement. I hope Lupita deals with them because I'd like to see it become the terrific Mexican restaurant it shows glimmers of being able to be!
We had leftovers and my final negative is that when we asked for some way to takeaway our food, they said they don't do takeaway and had nothing for us to put it in. SO I cleaned out the paper coffee cup I had with me when we came in and stuffed it full of pickles, guacamole and chips and beans and took it home that way. But if we pay for the food and can't eat it all at the time, we should be able to take it home, Lupita. Our waiter said they are going to get some containers but just didn't have them yet, so perhaps this area will improve.
Review from Ajay P.
- 76 friends
Being from Los Angeles, I have pretty high standards for Mexican food...and London has disappointed me before in this category. So much so, that I originally wrote off my coworker's recommendation of Lupita.
Despite my original snobbery, I stumbled upon Lupita one night soon after making the big move to London. The timing couldn't have been better because I was at the peak of homesickness for LA. The food immediately transported me back. The tortas, tacos, and burritos are just like you'd find in those small taco shops tucked all over Los Angeles that are packed with locals. The salsa is spicy and the meat is very well flavored (I prefer the al pastor).
Although the food was a portal back to my local taco shop, Lupita is going for the restaurant feel. Tableside guacamole preparation is a good example of how they are far from fast food. The prices are also quite a bit higher than one would expect to pay at a taco shop...even without converting £ to $. The price (£15-20/person) can be justified because they get many of their ingredients straight from Mexico.
In any case, it is the best Mexican food that I've had after my time so far in London. The service is also stellar. Ken, the owner, is from San Francisco and takes a lot of pride in sharing Lupita's food with customers. He gave me some samples and even recommended other restaurants in the area that I need to visit. I'll definitely be going back whenever I need a taste of home.
Review from Andrea L.
- 36 friends
I'm also surprised about most of the comments here! This place is AMAZING. I am Mexican and I can tell you that Lupita is where you'll get a proper feel of how Mexican food tastes like (outside the country of course). If you don't like the taste in this place, you'll probably have a very hard time feeding yourself in Mexico (if you ever go, that is).
I took a long time trying those burrito places and other "Mexican" ones to feel at home, every single one led me to disappointment. I then tried Wahaca and it got close, but the food was still not right.
The moment I stepped into Lupita after reading the menu, I knew this was the real deal. Lupita was brought to London by a Taquería (El Farolito), established in Mexico City more than 40 years ago. I ate there many times growing up and to this day, whenever I go to Mexico, El Farolito is a must (my English fiancée loves it too). So I can tell you, this is a proper Mexican Taquería. The menu back in Mexico is broader, but Lupita's menu is quite representative of a small portion of Mexican dishes. If you want to have a look at El Farolito's menu, find it here: http://www.taqueriaselfa…
About the Guacamole, there are several types. A typical one includes onion and tomato... the one in Lupita is a Guacamole Artesanal, if you read the menu carefully it says: "Ripe avocados with onions, tomatoes, coriander, jalapeños and our house spices". I haven't tried the Guacamole in Lupita yet, so I can't speak about that one in particular. But something to bear in mind is, if you're used to the Guacamole (or any other dish) that is made/cooked in restaurants that claim to be Mexican, well... what can I say. Wrong place for you, definitely. Now, it could be that the Guacamole here just isn't nice... I will definitely have to order it next time!
I had Quesadillas de flor de calabaza, which is one of my favourite dishes and I can tell you I felt like HOME when I had the first bite. I usually like them more with corn tortilla but we also make them with flour tortilla and they're really nice too. My fiancée had Tacos de carnitas and they were the proper ones as well. "Bland" would be the last expression I would use for it! The table sauces are EXACTLY the same and the Agua de Jamaica (or Hibiscus water) is, again, just like in Mexico. EVERYTHING WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.
The staff and cooks are all Mexican, or at least most and it's great to speak in Spanish with them. The service might be a bit slow though. We went for a quick taco and quesadilla before going to a show and thought they'd be fast, but to be honest, if it hadn't been for being in a rush, we wouldn't have minded just for the sake of having REAL MEXICAN FOOD. Which is why I'm giving it 5 stars. Most of the other places are just a Fast Food version of what people in the United States think Mexican Food is. It's not easy to find proper Mexican food outside of Mexico and I'm proud to say Lupita's got it.
Still expensive for what you can get in Mexico, however, not bad for being in the Centre of London.
Oh! and PS. They do serve burritos but I'm sure they just put them in the menu to please people who think those soaking stuffed wraps are Mexican, so if you do go, please don't have them. They probably got it wrong anyways.
Review from Travis P.
- 92 friends
I just really liked this place! Was in a hurry and stopped in, and it was definitely slow but definitely good. I don't know why Americans who claim the "KNOW real Mexican food" complain about the Mexican food in London. Actually I can...but regardless, this place was really good.
I honestly can't remember what type of tacos we got, but me and my friend really loved it. The guacamole was very bland, but hey, its England--everything here is bland and I have to bring spices from the US every time I fly back. Had a Michelada--which I really only had heard of in Austin, Texas so was a bit surprised to see it here. I've lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix to name a few...still never have seen a Michelada. Anyway they aren't hard to make, but still impressive to have it on the menu.
I will say it's pricey. I'm a big eater and the tacos were I think 4 pounds each but I probably needed 4-5 of them. (only ordered 3 so was still hungry)
By the way--don't know what the previous poster was talking about--this place is on street level so I'm not sure how she climbed down the stairs to get to the bar. Just sayin.
Review from Stefan P.
- 0 friends
I had wanted to visit this place for some time but with friends we always walked passed to the Grand India on Villiers. However, lo and behold, it turned out to closed down down when we went tonight, so I recommended Lupita. I'm glad i did. The menu is complex but our waiter took us patiently through all the options. However, he was not simply trying to sell as much as possible as he recommended that we only have one starter of chips between the three of us. We ordered the Guacamole dip and someone came and actually made the guacamole at our table which was a great idea. I had an Enchelada and friends had tacos which they said were great. All told this is a very good Mexican that once and for all puts to bed the usual Tex Mex nuclear hot orange cheese gloop and beans. Recommended mucho grande.
Review from Danielle S.
I've just moved to London and having fun exploring all the new eating options which have opened up for me. Lupita is on the street I work on, and since I am a massive margarita fan, my boyfriend and I decided to try this out after work one night.
The guy who was looking after us was probably the owner, as he seemed really invested in the restaurant, taking his time to explain the menu and how much we should order. His customer service skills were excellent, and he was a credit to the restaurant.
We ordered nachos, one taco, one quesadilla and one speciality fish dish to share. all were really really good - most especially the mushroom quesadilla and the classic nachos.
My margarita was fantastic! I often think the UK finds it difficult to replicate the margaritas that can be found in America, especially in the south, but they really did a good job on mine. The only negative that I would have about this experience is that when we ordered, the guy told us that it was fiesta hour, and that the cocktails had money off. I asked if this included the margarita and he confirmed that it did. When we received the bill, the margarita was normal priced. We were in a hurry, and because the food and the service had both been very good, we didn't correct this, however, if I were to go to Lupita again and the same thing were to happen, I'd definitely knock off a star and be slightly hesitant to return.
I will be giving it a second try, and hope that my second visit will be just as memorable...and will include a fiesta hour margarita at the fiesta hour prices :)
Review from Valerie M.
- 14 friends
Our first experience of Lupita was when they were still 'working out the kinks' when they were brand new. I believe it's gotten even better since our initial visit last year. The bar is now IN and contrary to another review - they do use rock salt on their margaritas now (I checked before we went). Food was tasty as ever but service is now seamless and quick.
Go for happy hour and enjoy.
Review from patrick w.
- 47 friends
There is mexican food and then there is Mexican food. Lupita serves the latter. If your only thought about Mexican food is either nachos and guacamole this place may either delight or disappoint.
Mexican food and veganism are not exactly kissing buddies, but they made a real effort to accommodate my restricted palette, and had a number of delicious items (the cactus was actually really tasty - much better than the last place I had it). If you are open to carne and other delights, then you should really enjoy yourself. Unlike others I found the service excellent, and found the explanations of the dishes and attentiveness of the waiters first rate. The tequila and Mexican beer selection is also stand-out. Highly recommended.
Review from Sasha S.
- 32 friends
I wanted to like this place so, so much as soon as I put my name on the list and walked down a flight of steep stairs to wait at the bar and heard Mexican Spanish being spoken behind the bar.
And, honestly, everyone who works here and makes this place run every day, gets a 5+ stars.
It's not their fault that that the ladies' toilets were overflowing and that there was a homeless lady taking bath in the sinks.
It's not their fault that the tables and chairs are from a dollhouse.
It's not their fault that the food was just alright.
It's my own damn fault for seeing "avocado margarita" on the menu and thinking that ordering one was a good idea.
I reached a point in this dining experience where I wanted to just put my head down on the plate and really think about why someone accustomed to California Mexican food would do this to herself, but then the the tequila-coffee (yes, that's right) shots made by the fabulously friendly bartender were delivered to our table and everything was well again.
Review from Fancypants J.
- 63 friends
Redwood City, USA
I live in Northern California and around here if you throw a rock you hit a Mexican restaurant. I wasn't expecting the food at Lupita to be super authentic and it wasn't! I am not saying it was bad, it was just a little too upscale and expensive for what it was. I ordered the Tostada de Atun. When it arrived it was slices of raw tuna on a big cripy tortila chip basically. I was like "...wat...". It was seasoned with lime and actually a lot better than it looked. I also ordered one taco-chorizo con papas. Paid 1 pound extra for cheese. It was small and weird. Tasty. But small. The best part of the meal was the Vatos Locos cocktail I had to go with. I love me some Mezcal.
My suggestion to the restaurant would be to add some additional Mexico City items like a Pambozo or huaraches.
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The Lupita chefs pride themselves on the authenticity of their dishes and the new restaurant will be in keeping with Lupita's ethos of serving real Mexican food using fresh, flavoursome ingredients to create exciting and tastebud tingling dishes, to show a true reflection of the incredible flavours, colours and smells found throughout Mexico. Dishes are made-to-order and will include tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and enchiladas and Mexico's famous Churros con Chocolate - the Spanish pastry brought to Mexico in the 1930's.
Established in 2010
In 2010 UNESCO declared Mexican Cuisine an Intangible Heritage of Humanity, making it one of the first world cuisines to receive such an honour.
On that same year and almost half a century of being Mexico City's leading Taqueria, "El Farolito" has opened it's doors in London as "Lupita". Our aim is to bring to this world capital of cuisine the best and most authentic of Mexico City's gastronomy.
Meet the Manager: Marco C.
BA in Gastronomy from the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City which he completed in 2001, a Diploma in American Cuisine and a professional restaurant and bar management course under his belt, Marco has had a clear passion for quality food all his life.
Prior to joining Lupita as executive chef in 2011, Marco had worked in many of London's well-known restaurants such as Taqueria and Mercado Cantina as well as popular high street chains including Wahaca and Pizza Express. Spending time in Italy between 2002 and 2005 as a chef consultant and head chef, Marco developed his culinary skills further, focusing on authentic Mexican dining. As an integral part of the team at Lupita, Marco manages the daily operations in the kitchen, is responsible for the food preparation, suppliers directory and ordering as well as playing a creative part in the development of the menus ensuring the focus is always on the authenticity of the food using seasonal produce.
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