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Cafe Sol, Greenwich

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by Praneel Lal-Beadnell (subscribe)
'I'm a foodie, fashionista and freelance copywriter"
Published April 15th 2013
Mexican Fiesta at Greenwich
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Cafe Sol @ Greenwich (Photo instagram @neelsmcgee)

Mexican isn't just about the Corona's the Dos Equis and the Tequila. It is about the atmosphere and the flavour of the authentic Mexican. Cafe Sol is situated in the World Heritage Site of Greenwich and is one of the popular cuisine's in the district, amongst the staples of Italian, Japanese, Thai, Indian and Chinese.

Cafe Sol is a Mexican restaurant located on Nelson Road and is usually jam-packed with visitors and locals who are looking for a good feed at an affordable price. Established in 1992 the cantina style, colourful venue has been going strong for over a decade.

The menu, like many Mexican restaurants, at Cafe Sol caters to both vegetarian and meat lovers. Along with scrumptious South American dishes is the always winning combo of cocktails and Mexican beers.

An abundant drinks menu of global staples such as Mojitos, Sex on the Beach, Blue Hawaiians and Pina Coladas make up the two page listing, as well as virgin options for those having a tame night, as well as experimental ones that have been concocted by the bar staff themselves. There will definitely be a beverage on the list to fancy everyone's tastebuds.

Now onto the food menu. Looking at the selection, a friend and I decided to go for a starter to share and a main. The Loaded Potato Skins with the Chilli Hummus and Fire Bean filling caught our eye as did the Spicy Beef Enchilada for me.

The Potato Skins, although visually appealing, were somehow quite bland in flavour. A little bit disappointing as I believed the visual appeal of the potatoes would have followed through to the palate, but unfortunately this was not the case. Perhaps those who are not after such a spicy dish would have enjoyed this option.

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Loaded Potato Skins with Fire Bean & Chilli Hummus & Smoked Bacon & Cheese @ Cafe Sol (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)

The Spicy Beef Enchiladas were more up my alley and much more appetising, as well as very filing. The beef had been marinated in traditional Mexican spices and this flavour came out through the meat and worked well with the beans and rice.

Unable to pick from the dessert menu due to overeating (definitely something I will want to dabble in next time) we were yet impressed by the options of Banana Toffee Waffle and the Texan Pecan Pie, definitely on the agenda for next time.

Cafe Sol has a great atmosphere and the interior is spot on in terms of a celebration of all things Mexican. When you are next in Greenwich stop by for a drink or two, the friendly staff will love you for it.

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Sol Chilli Con Carne Tortilla @ Cafe Sol (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
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Why? Hearty Mexican and Cafe style dishes
When: Lunch and Dinner
Where: 13 Nelson Rd, London, Greater London SE10 9JB
Cost: Reasonable
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