BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS:
- Wahaca - Thomasina Miers' chain serving Mexican Street Food. It's cheap, quick and no frills. Perfect. I like meeting people here; it always has a busy atmosphere and the food is consistent. I have the cheese and bean quesadillas and the sweet potato fries. www.wahaca.co.uk
- El Camion - I came across this reataurant after they catered a Browns Fashion Week party and it is really near my work, so great to pop into with friends after a long day when a margherita is needed! If budget is tight, I order a small bowl of nachos which fill me up (they don't scrimp on guacamole or sour cream - my Mexican pet hate!). www.elcamion.co.uk
- Crazy Homies - Tom Conran's kitsch restaurant used to be my local when I worked in Notting Hill, small tables laden with brights blankets and hundreds of Day of The Dead skulls dotted around, it's great for groups or even just a churros and chocolate with friends (which I really recommend).
To Try: La Bodega Negro - just opened in London and looks very cool www.labodeganegra.com
- Mole - The size of the spicy guacamole dip is enough to tempt anyone to go. A great part of town and the Steak taco is to die for. 57 Jane Street, www.molenyc.com
- La Esquina - this has been recommended to me a couple of times and I'm yet to try....maybe next time? www.esquinanyc.com
- Malo, LA - I've been to the one in Silver Lake a couple of times but they have one Downtown too...fresh, delicious and ALWAYS busy. www.malorestaurant.com
- Loteria Grill, LA - try the chicken mole soft tacos. Quick service and great value. http://loteriagrill.com/
- Gilbert's, Santa Monica - it is in the middle of NOWHERE but you easily save the $10 taxi fare on the food - it is so cheap and you get tons of food. The burritos were the size of my arm, the frozen margharitas were strong and the bill came to less than $30 for 2! It also gets bonus points for the wall collages of photos and tacky/original Mexican tat on the walls. Amazing. 2526 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.
- Fred's, Old Town San Diego - a little Touristy, but that's what I need sometimes from a Californina Mexican! On Taco Tuesday, margheritas are half price and tacos are $1 each.
|Enjoying a (fairly large) strawberry margherita at Fred's, San Diego over Easter|
- El Camino, San Diego - this is a Mexican I would expect in New York, not San Diego. Very cool, ink drawings and neon lights, with good, reasonable food. And of course, an open air eating area (if only we could have that in the UK). www.elcaminosd.com
Serves 4-6 people
- ½ red onion, very finely chopped
- 1-2 serrano chillies or other fresh green chillies, finely chopped
- 1-2 tsp Maldon salt
- 3 ripe Hass avocados
- Juice of 1-2 limes
- A small handful fresh coriander, chopped
- 1-2 ripe tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped (optional)
- Put a quarter of the onion and half the chilli and salt in a pestle and mortar and mash to a rough paste.
- Cut open the avocados, remove the stones and scoop out the flesh into the pestle (or into a large bowl if your pestle is small). Roughly mash the flesh with a fork, adding half the lime juice as you go.
- Stir in the rest of the lime juice and chillies, coriander, red onion and tomato.
- Season with plenty of black pepper and more salt if you think it needs it. If it doesn’t taste delicious by this stage, you can add more lime juice or coriander.
|My Day of The Dead neon skull I brought back from San Diego|