I have a BA in English & American Literature and Drama, and an MA in Multimedia Journalism. I am now a freelance writer living in West London.
Published July 25th 2012
When I thought of Mexican food, I used to think of dry fajita wraps stuffed with even drier chicken and a dab of salsa. I was never that keen, constantly disappointed by the Old El Paso meal kits that never tasted as good as they looked on the advert.
But that was before I was persuaded by a Mexican friend to try out Lupita, a little restaurant next to Charing Cross rail station, specialising in the finest Mexican cuisine. I was impressed, to say the least, and my opinions on Mexican food will be transformed forever.
The restaurant is small but cosy and provides a warm, light-hearted atmosphere. Upon entering, the waiters are very welcoming and keen to give you the best experience possible. Proud of their delicious cuisine, they willingly offer advice on what to order, and if you are as clueless as I was, this can prove very helpful.
The food is prepared and cooked in a kitchenette in the middle of the restaurant, so you can see exactly how it's done, and you will even find instructions on each table on how to correctly eat your meal – the Mexican way.
But let's get to the actual food. I sampled a variety of delicacies from quesadillas to tacos, and being perfectly honest was impressed by everything I tried. The corn tortillas were a pleasant change from the heavy flour ones we are usually served in tacky Mexican-style restaurants, and the meat (chicken, chorizo, beef, pork) was tender, succulent and very, very tasty. The flavours couldn't have been further away from what I usually would have associated with Mexican food, and were new, interesting and extremely delicious.
As a shared starter, the Chicharron de Queso y Guacamole (crispy rolled cheese with guacamole) was divine, and the dessert of churros was sugary, sweet and the perfect end to a mouth-watering meal.
To top it all off, the food prices are very affordable, so particularly good for those on a budget. One portion is around £5.95 although they are small so sharing a mix of platters is sensible and highly recommended.
I can safely say that I will definitely be returning to this delightful little establishment and recommend all lovers of good, quality food to do the same.