Monday, October 1, 2012

Loco Mexicano (London)

I didn’t think I’d bother going into a Mexican restaurant while in London after my more-than-necessary consumption of food from Chipotle’s while I was in the USA, but cravings hit and conveniently, there was restaurant with a good reputation near my hotel. My Texan colleague was a little sceptical of a Mexican joint that served BBQ ribs as he’d never encountered one before, but I convinced him to try it anyway. Thankfully, this turned out to be a good choice.

Loco Mexicano is a small restaurant filled with colour and references to Mexican culture on almost every surface. The menu was a riot of choice, with fajitas, tacos, gaucho steaks, salads, skewers and ribs, and a variety of burgers being offered. Being me, I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted, so I ordered both an entrée and a main, with full realisation that this was probably more food than was required.

It’s not my fault that I had to try the BBQ ribs though; America introduced me to those and I seem to find myself looking for them on menus everywhere.

BBQ Ribs
 They were sticky, and fatty and sweet, and all things bad for me but they were fall-off-the-bone tender and delicious. Turns out you don’t have to be in America for good ribs (but you do have to be there for great ones). Even my colleague decided his scepticism was completely unwarranted
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He had a nacho craving though, so crispy, classic nachos for him it was.

Classic Nachos
I had a single nacho and decided it was ok, but nothing to rave about. I have yet to find a mind-blowing nacho though, and it's usually the sauce that makes a dish worth eating. Pity this one was a little boring.

My colleague then went on to have even more hands-on fun with his mains order:
Steak Fajita
Steak fajitas anyone? The steak and peppers came out sizzling, and the tortillas came out warm in a clay dish. Guacamole, salsa and sour cream dips meant that the meal could be customised to your tastes. Pretty clever in my opinion, and a lot of fun too. The serve was sizeable with the stack of tortillas being too big for my colleague to finish. He didn't complain though.

I’d decided to offset my naughty order of entrée ribs with a chicken salad main with the addition of cactus perking up my interest.

Montmerry Cheese and Cactus Salad with Fajita Chicken Strips
I’d never tried cactus, and while probably should have realised that they are edible, had never bothered thinking about how it would taste. The pickled cactus leaves were very juicy and had a slightly sweet taste that I found addictive. The chicken itself was slightly bland, but the salad, with its relatively healthy combination of cheese, tomatoes, picked cactus, cucumber, avocado, tortilla croutons and an olive oil and lime vinaigrette had enough differing flavour and texture to keep my interested until I’d finished the entire bowl. This did mean that while I satisfied my craving for Mexican food in general, I didn't satisfy my craving for a hearty bowl of bean salad and am still waiting for a Chipotle's to open in Melbourne.

Loco Mexicano was a reasonably priced restaurant with tasty and filling food that comes out fast. I can't vouch for the authenticity of this place, but the restaurant definitely had interesting food. A great place for a for a pit-stop before seeing a show at the Apollo Theatre which left us warm and happy. 

Loco Mexicano
65 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DE
Daily 12pm-11pm

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