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Mexican food on [[Locale Goodge Street|Goodge Street]], next to [[One Tun, W1T 4LZ|the One Tun]], one of a small chain of three. Unlike some other branches, this one doesn't do coffee.
Mexican food on [[Locale Goodge Street|Goodge Street]], next to [[One Tun, W1T 4LZ|the One Tun]]. One of a small chain of three, unlike some other branches this one doesn't do coffee.
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This cafe is a simple operation aimed primarily at a lunchtime crowd and those looking for quick, tasty food, rather than the full sit-down restaurant experience. The food is prepared by an assembly line, much like at Subway, with different people handling different parts of the process, and it all moves along very quickly. There is seating inside, both stools along the window and close-set tables around the back seating around 20 diners, as well as a single larger booth seating 5-6 people.
This cafe is a simple operation aimed primarily at a lunchtime crowd and those looking for quick, tasty food, rather than the full sit-down restaurant experience. There is seating inside, both stools along the window and close-set tables around the back seating around 20 diners, as well as a single larger booth seating 5-6 people.
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At the counter, the menu splits into four basic options: burritos, tacos, salad, and soup. The first two options have choices of filling (steak, chicken, pork or vegetables), and there are additional fillings (rice, black beans, guacamole, et al.), most of which are included in the price. Finally, there are three salsas with differing levels of hotness <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3599582219/ photo of menu in June 2009]</small>.
At the counter, the menu splits into four basic options: burritos (&pound;5), tacos (&pound;4 for two, or &pound;5.50 for three), salad (&pound;5) and soup (&pound;2.50). The first two options have choices of filling (steak, chicken, pork or vegetables), and there are additional fillings (rice, black beans, guacamole, et al.), most of which are included in the price. Finally, there are three sauces with differing levels of hotness (the medium-strength was hardly overwhelming, but the hot has more of a kick to it) <small>[http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3599582219/ photo of menu in June 2009]</small>.
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Drinks and extras (such as nacho chips) are also available, though they give you a handful of these if you're eating in. They have a short cocktail list, including the ubiquitous margarita and variations, for around &pound;6.50 each as of June 2009.
Drinks and extras (such as nacho chips) are also available, though they give you a handful of these if you're eating in. They have a short cocktail list, including the ubiquitous margarita and variations, for around &pound;6.50 each.
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[[Ewan]] visited in June 2009 and had a fine burrito in a slightly doughy tortilla, with plenty of filling and packed with taste. The medium-strength salsa was hardly overwhelming, but the hot had more of a kick to it.
The food is prepared by an assembly-line, much like at Subway, with different people handling different parts of the process, and it all moves along very quickly. The end result is a fine burrito in a slightly doughy tortilla, with plenty of filling and packed with taste, which goes down easily.
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[[secretlondon]] visited in January 2012. I had a burrito with steak (&pound;6.40) and a can of diet coke (&pound;1). My burrito might have been nicer if they'd given me the toppings I'd asked for &#8212; it had no cheese, salsa, sour cream etc. The server had poor English, but I didn't realise how little she'd understood until I'd started to eat it.

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[[secretlondon]]'s verdict: I'd heard great things about this place but found that it was less good than [[Tortilla, SE1 0TA|Tortilla]], which is a similar model. Not impressed.
[[secretlondon]] visited in January 2012. I'd heard great things about this place but found that it was less good than [[Tortilla, SE1 0TA|Tortilla]] which is a similar model. I had a burrito with steak (6.40) and a can of diet coke (1). My burrito might have been nicer if they'd given me the toppings I'd asked for - it had no cheese, salsa, sour cream etc. The server had poor English but I didn't realise how little she'd understood until I'd started to eat it. Not impressed.
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[secretlondon]], January 2012. Opening hours taken from the Benito's Hat website, June 2009.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[secretlondon]], January 2012. Opening hours and prices taken from website, June 2009.</div>
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Mexican food on Goodge Street, next to the One Tun. One of a small chain of three, unlike some other branches this one doesn't do coffee.

This cafe is a simple operation aimed primarily at a lunchtime crowd and those looking for quick, tasty food, rather than the full sit-down restaurant experience. There is seating inside, both stools along the window and close-set tables around the back seating around 20 diners, as well as a single larger booth seating 5-6 people.

At the counter, the menu splits into four basic options: burritos (£5), tacos (£4 for two, or £5.50 for three), salad (£5) and soup (£2.50). The first two options have choices of filling (steak, chicken, pork or vegetables), and there are additional fillings (rice, black beans, guacamole, et al.), most of which are included in the price. Finally, there are three sauces with differing levels of hotness (the medium-strength was hardly overwhelming, but the hot has more of a kick to it) photo of menu in June 2009.

Drinks and extras (such as nacho chips) are also available, though they give you a handful of these if you're eating in. They have a short cocktail list, including the ubiquitous margarita and variations, for around £6.50 each.

The food is prepared by an assembly-line, much like at Subway, with different people handling different parts of the process, and it all moves along very quickly. The end result is a fine burrito in a slightly doughy tortilla, with plenty of filling and packed with taste, which goes down easily.

Ewan's verdict: Good value and satisfying lunchtime Mexican food.

secretlondon visited in January 2012. I'd heard great things about this place but found that it was less good than Tortilla which is a similar model. I had a burrito with steak (6.40) and a can of diet coke (1). My burrito might have been nicer if they'd given me the toppings I'd asked for - it had no cheese, salsa, sour cream etc. The server had poor English but I didn't realise how little she'd understood until I'd started to eat it. Not impressed.

Accessibility: Two steps up to get in.

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Last visited by secretlondon, January 2012. Opening hours and prices taken from website, June 2009.

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