Category: Le Budget (Â£)
Recently I was invited to check out the Mexican fast food place Tortilla. Tortilla is a mini chain consisting of 5 branches in London and claims to serve healthy Mexican burritos. Tortilla clearly had no idea who they asked to scrutinize their restaurant as, to be honest, Mexican food is one of my least favourite cuisines. I really struggled when I was in Mexico to find anything I enjoyed eating. Having said this, I love Mexican ceviche, but in general there are just too many beans and cornmeal-based dishes and after a few days everything just started tasting the same. As far I have been successfully ignoring the current food trend of Mexican restaurants popping up all over London…
But of course I am willing to give everything a chance. I went to the Islington branch of Tortilla and my first impression was good. Wooden communal tables, clean layout, bright (maybe too bright) lighting, a nice mixture of people and big bottles of chili sauce on the table (have I mentioned that I am a chili addict?).
You order your selection of burrito filling at the counter and your personalised burrito is prepared freshly. You have a choice of chicken, pork, beef or vegetarian, 2 different kinds of rice and 2 different kinds of beans. The burrito is finalised by putting on some chili sauce (mild/medium/spicy) and/or guacamole (+0.70) before being wrapped into a neat parcel. The damage for a medium sized tortilla (which is in fact huge!) is 4.95 and for a large one 5.95.
Here it is, my nicely wrapped burrito to take away or eat in.
My burrito contained grilled chicken, lime cilantro rice, black beans and hot salsa roja. To my big surprise I really liked it and even though I am not sure ‘healthy’ is the right word to describe it, it doesn’t feel as if you were doing any major damage your body eating it. Tortilla hasn’t quite changed my opinion about Mexican cuisine in general, but as far as fast food goes, it is a great option.Â I might even be back…
- Food: 5/10
- Service: 7/10
- Atmosphere: 4/10
- Value for money: 7/10
- Chances of returning: 5%
- Verdict: Give me a Tortilla burrito over McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, … anytime. Pretty good fast food choice!