6 Market Place, Oxford Circus, W1W 8AH, 020 7637 2800
Tube: Oxford Circus
The scene: This Mexican version of Subway is tucked away behind Oxford Circus’ maddening crush of shoppers. The chatter of young Spanish things fills the air in a casual dining space. Choose your tortilla, filling, topping and side at the production line counter and watch your bespoke bundle of foodie goodness appear.
The grub: The emphasis is on the way the Californians do Mexican – with their hands, unadulterated by overpowering sauces and with a healthy dose of black beans and light pico de gallo. Marinated chicken is piled on to my warm tortilla and layered with fluffy lime-cilantro rice, black beans, vibrant guacamole and a drizzle of salsa roja (hot). The result is a substantial and incredibly fresh meal.
There are also corn tacos for coeliacs and ‘naked burritos’ without bread for the carb-conscious.
Bill please: Medium burritos are £4.95; large are £5.95. A frozen margarita is £4.25 and beers range from £2.95 to £4.95.
Verdict: This staple of Mexican life is now a staple of mine.
– Rebecca Kent