Poncho pincho pancho No 8 is the best burrito place I've been to in London.
As Dave Grohl would say, The best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the BEST the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best .
I agree to that using my chewing in agreement mumble as I currently masticate away on a delicious steak burrito at my desk, perfectly content in the knowledge that I couldn't have done better for myself.
Firstly, it is hopping distance from my office.
Secondly, the food is always fresh, the staff are friendly and there is a great selection of (get a slave to) build it yourself stuff. Choices of rice, four different meats, different salsa and pretty good guacamole.
Now, I have another confession to make, i'm no fool.
Potential dealbreaker one:
I just went in there and they didn't have any guacamole. However, it was 6pm on a Wednesday and they were slowing down for the day.
And, the dude obvioulsy saw the deep well of sadness in my eyes, as he gave me free nachos to make up for this.
Man, I've nearly killed this burrito dead already.
But yeah, they have slices of lime in little bowls on the table, hot sauce to buy as well as a choice of cakes (for some reason) and nachos (obvs) as well as your taco, fajita, lameasaurus burrito bowls and stuff. I think they just started doing ceviche as well. It is a type of fish, according to Wikipedia.
Dave Grohl say that as far as fish go, it is the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best the best, but I can't comment.
But I do throw out 5 ninja stars of accuracy in Puncho's general direction, and look forward to eating there again.
tl; dr: Fairly spendy and not that stellar.
Fairly decent mexican food, Chipotle-style. Tacos, burrito, and low-carb salady-burritoy things. About the same quality as Chipotle, I suppose, which means:
Rather good guacamole, and they do have brown rice, which is a plus, but at £7 for a burrito with guacamole, I'm going to head for Daddy Donkey, or Chilango if I'm going down the hill.
This place is great. The taste is better than most burrito's and can be adjusted as you nice through the filling stations with the staffbeans, meat, sauces & salad.
Recently their prices have home up and I feel like my burrito isn't as big as it was when they first opened but when you'be got a hunger on and that Mexican craving hits, this place always hits the spot.
Not as good as Chilango, which is fairly nearby so I suggest you head there instead if you want a McBurrito (no judgment btw, I'm pretty pro McBurritos). But Poncho 8 somehow just lacked punch in terms of the flavours...maybe I should have added peppers/onions as well because it felt like something was missing, it was a little bland even despite the hot salsa. Mysterious. Having said that, if you're right in the area and need a food fix fast, this will do fine.
It's rather like Chipotle. It's hard to find decent Mexican food in London, so that's a compliment.
So I guess this is the local version of Chipotle? Not too shabby. It was a pure madhouse during the lunchtime period with a massive line and barely any place to sit. But the meal itself was pretty good. I'd still take Chipotle over this, but this is a good local version.
I eat a lot of burritos but Poncho No. 8 is average at best. Mine was really dry and lacked flavour, and the chicken was really tough to chew.
Tacos lacked the flavor I was expecting, as compared to other burrito shops.
I eat rather a lot of mexican and tex mex, and have learned that a good take-away burrito is all about construction. Usually your burrito however tasty distintegrates completely within the first few minutes, and you're left gnawing at a slimy fistful of beans and tin-foil. Not so Poncho no. 8! Somebody's clearly paid attention to the details: there is a good ratio between meat and beans, the guacamole holds everything together, and the salsa isn't so watery that it eats through your tortilla like piquant red acid. Oh, and the whole things tastes good too!
I love Burritos and this place definitely gets it right! Juicy meet, friendly staff and the ingredients are all delicious. Im so glad this place opened up so close to my office. Lovin it
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