Yes, they do exist. One thing I really miss about California is tasty, cheap Mexican food like the kind you would find at Taco Shop or Robertito’s. Well, I have found a place here that will satisfy my taco cravings until I return to California.
I was looking over my “Cheap Eats in London Guide” to see what restaurants were in Borough, my new neighborhood. I came across an entry for El Vergel, a cafe which was described as having an “inventive, broadly South American menu” that also included a few Mexican dishes. I took one look at the takeaway menu and decided that I HAD to have lunch there on Monday. I ordered the chicken tacos, tortilla chips, and guacamole. The tacos were excellent – they didn’t have any scary British ingredients like sweetcorn or kidney beans, and you could taste the freshness – this wasn’t any ridiculous and disgusting fried food like they have at Chicken Cottage (KFC ripoff) or the various other fast food eateries that are located in Southwark. The tortilla chips were homemade (no Doritos, thank God!) and the guacamole was great. Plus, the food was reasonably priced: �6.30 ($11) for my tacos, tortilla chips, and guacamole (not a bad deal in London). AND BEST OF ALL, it’s located just a 10 minute walk from my dorm! I think I will be eating here everyday…of course I have to try the beef tacos and the tostada, but the empanadas and Chilean village bread also sound very good.
The one downside – it’s only open Monday through Friday, 8am-3pm. Guess that means I’ll be eating pub food on the weekends. Nevertheless, THANK YOU EL VERGEL!