Tacuba Tacos

One of the first, if not the first and most important issue for poor souls who have departed Mexico – where to find some decent tacos? The internet has churned up a few results. All Tex Mex imposter food, in the main. It’s not just ‘not quite the same’. It’s barely even similar. But lo and behold, if you look hard enough spend long enough looking at random webpages, you’re bound to find what you were, or weren’t, looking for in the end. And so it may have happened with my search for genuine Mexican cuisine.

Groupon seems to have taken off big time in the UK. It exists in Mexico, but like most internet sites that need you to enter credit card details, it hasn’t made quite as big a splash. But I’ve signed up for Groupon on this side of the Atlantic, and the very first deal thrown my way? A real Mexican restaurant, in London. In Balham, South London, a town I used to live in. On Belford Road, a street I didn’t used to wander up. It was, once upon a time anyway, better known for attracting ladies of the night.

Tacubabar, apparently, serves up genuine Mexican street food. The menu looks authentic enough. Tacuba, if I remember rightly, means ‘place of flowers’ or something similar. Nowadays it is known as a town, with a metro station. And lots of street food outside it. It has some reputation. Everyone has heard of the Tacuba Two Step Taco. That’s how far you get before your body, whether you want it to or not, expels the street tacos through the nearest available orifice. Or all orifices. Someone mentioned in a comment recently that the word ‘projectile’ spices up a post. Tacuba is the place to go for your projectile needs and desires.

One imagines that the Tacuba in London aims higher, and I do mean that regards standards and quality, and not with any reference to any Guinness Book projectile vomiting records. It looks enticing. The price of the Groupon offer looks enticing too. Alas, it will have to wait till I have a proper job before I get to review it personally. But if anyone in London happens to read this in the next 9 hours or so before the offer expires, I can vouch for the authenticity of the menu. It does look genuine Mexican. And genuine Mexican is good. At £19 for two, £9.50 each, it’s worth a punt I reckon. And you should come back here and tell me how it went.


14 thoughts on “Tacuba Tacos

  1. kwallek says:

    If you have not found work yet, it might be something to think about. You never get rich working for someone else and you know quality. There is a nitch, the margin looks good, sell what you know. Mexile Tacos, I can see the sign from Ohio…


  2. Juan says:

    I agree with Kwallek, that is the way to go in the not so distant future. Make some money working somewhere and then start your own taquería. I heard that “El Farolito” just opened a franchise in London under the name “La Lupita”, you should check it out too. For Mexican standards I consider “El Farolito” to be just meh, but it might be as good as it gets in London.


  3. My Mexican dinners in Ohio have been BIG hits amongst family and friends. If my husband and I were to move back permanently we would seriously consider a small eatery of authentic Mexican food. Who wants to work for someone else, anyway? 😉


  4. Kim G says:

    You sure could get a boatload of tacos back in Good Ol’ DF for £19.50….many many many.

    Hope you’re regaining your tolerance for cold. My friend A, who lives in Central London says it’s been miserable.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where there is one very authentic Mexican restaurant, and one good, but not quite as authentic one, and several Tex-Mex style ones.


    • Yeah, but the pills to cure the food poisoning brings the cost up! Oh yes, my final carnitas feast is still fresh in the memory!

      It has been, is and will probably remain miserable. I have no tolerance for it whatsoever. I should have stayed put!


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