Updated: May 19
I absolutely LOVE tacos. Yes, they do test your table manners a bit but they are GOOD. If you are ever around Paddington, you may want to pop into Taqueria and try a couple.
Deep Fried Oyster and Plantains
Until recently, I never knew that fried oysters were a thing. I can now see why they are.
It is important to note that one serving consists of one single oyster, which is a good thing for those who want to experiment but not make too much of a commitment.
The fried oyster had a very velvety composition and it almost felt like I was eating a meatball...made out of Quorn. Something contemporary for you to be able to understand where I am coming from. I'm used to throwing oysters to the back of my throat and feeling cheated because I didn't chew (apparently you can actually chew them, though - I didn't know this at the time).
Fried plantain is my weakness. The portion, however, was so small that I felt no guilt. The edges of the ovals were slightly browned and crisped - winner. They weren't overripe and had a bit of give. I enjoyed them.
If you've never had tacos before, then start with fish tacos. I personally think they are the best.
In case you are interested in the filling, here are the details: cod deep fried in cider batter, chipotle mayonnaise, avocado cream, shredded cabbage, pico de gallo.
Two medium sized tacos were brought to me on a flat, black plate. I am not sure if I prefer them being served like this or in a taco tray - I have trouble picking them up no matter what they are put on, to be honest.
The thing with tacos, is that it is hard to concentrate on anything other than them whilst you're eating them because they can be so messy! So it is quite easy for me to recall exactly how they tasted.
The fish was deliciously flaky and tender. Couldn't really taste the cider in the batter but I am sure if the tacos weren't filled with other things, I would have. The cabbage was slightly acidic in taste but worked with everything and it wasn't like I was swallowing a jar of pickled egg juice. I made use of the lime (citrus and fish are like rings to fingers) and added a few squeezes to the rogue fish pieces on the plate. I liked the slight tartness it added.
Soft tortillas or hard taco shells? What do you choose?
Churros with Cajeta and Chocolate
So, my friend convinced me to share a portion of churros with them. It would have been rude to decline.
Cajeta, for those of you who don't know, is a thick syrup made with sweetened goat's milk. It tasted just like toffee to me and had the consistency of condensed milk - just a bit thicker. The liquid chocolate was rich, flavourful and gloopy.
I liked the slight saltiness of the churros; it worked well with the condiments. I preferred them with the cajeta; mostly because it was something different. It was a perfect sharing option though I am sure it is promoted as a portion for one person. Very cute presentation.
All in all, I enjoyed Taqueria. The portions were generally okay but if you are someone who is not easily satisfied, you would do well to order more than I did. If I decide to go back, I will be ordering two portions of tacos. I would love to try all of their seafood tacos - such a wide selection for vegans, pescatarians AND meat-eaters!
I hope you enjoyed this review. It wasn't as in-depth as usual but hopefully you can conclude what you need to conclude from it!