Lupita Mexican Restaurant @ Strand / Charing Cross

ロンドンにおけるメキシコ料理人気はまだ続いているみたい。StrandのCharing Cross駅とEmbankment駅を結ぶVilliers Streetに最近開店した、メキシカン・レストランLupitaに行った。ロンドンにあるメキシコ料理店は、メキシコ人のオーナーによるものが少ないんだけれど、このお店は、メキシコシティで45年以上の歴史を持つ人気レストラン、El Farolito taqueríaが手がけた、本物のメキシカン。インテリアは、ダークウッドの座席と白い壁、ダークレッドのメタル・テーブルでまとめられ、シックな感じ。店内ではスペイン語が行き交い、入口近くのカウンター内では、スタッフが横長の鉄板の上で調理している。

出てきたブリートは、アルミ箔に包まれて出てくる、ファーストフード・メキシカンのでっかいやつではなく(以前のエントリー参照)、お上品に陶器のお皿でサーブされ、ナイフとフォークで食べる。ファーストフード店並みのリーズナブルな値段で、このサービスはお得。説明がなかったのでやっていいのか分からなかったけれど、テーブルの上に置いてあるスパイシーなソースやサルサ、ワカモレ(こちらではグァカモレと発音)を少しずつ上にのせて食べた。ぱりっと焼かれた皮に、中はジューシーで熱々の具が詰まっていて、なかなか美味:)

残念だったのは、エスプレッソが全然なっていなかったこと。鼻ピアスしたフレンドリーなウェートレスのお姉ちゃんいわく、「エスプレッソを飲んだこともないし、作り方もあれで良かったのか分からないわ」。「作り方を知らなければ、ちゃんと誰かに聞いてから作ってね。」と言いたかったけれど、言えなかった情けない私たちでした。。。

Mexican food fever is still here in London! We went to a recently opened Mexican restaurant Lupita on Villiers Street, connecting Charing Cross and Embankment tube stations in Strand. Many of Mexican restaurants in London are not of Mexican ownership, but Lupita is an authentic ‘Mexican’, opened by Mexicans from a popular restaurant with over 45 years’ history, El Farolito taquería in Mexico City. Its interior is chic with dark wood benches, white walls, and dark red metal tables. The restaurant was filled with Spanish words and phrases, and staffs were cooking on a long hot plate inside the counter, near the entrance.

Burrito at Lupita is not like the huge one wrapped with aluminum foil at fast food Mexican in London (see my past entry), but is served sophisticatedly on a  ceramic plate with knife and folk. The price is quite reasonable, around the same price with fast food counterparts, and is a great deal with its restaurant quality service. I ate it with a little bit of spicy sauce, salsa, and guacamole placed at the table, though there was no explanation and I was not sure if it was appropriate or not. It was delicious with crispy wrap and juicy filling.

But their espresso was awful. A friendly waitress with a nose pierce remorsefully explained that she had never had espresso and didn’t even know if she did it right. We wished we could say, “look, if you don’t know how to make it, ASK someone before you make it!!,” but we were chickens and couldn’t say anything…

シックにまとめられたトイレ。壁に張り付いているおじさんが可笑しい。

Chic toilet with funny guy clinging onto the wall.

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2 responses to “Lupita Mexican Restaurant @ Strand / Charing Cross

  1. everydaylifestyle

    Hi! Thanks for your comment. I guess that paper towels were temporarily out of stock when I went there :-)
    Will correct that part.

    Thanks ;-)

  2. I’ve been to that restaurant before! I never had a coffee there so i can’t say if it is usually good, but i can say they usually have paper towels. :)

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