Even though I got to Taco Taco a couple of weeks after it opened I felt like I was the last person on earth to visit, such was the buzz on my Twitter feed from before it had even opened. Anthony Remedy, of San Lorenzo #BrunchofChampions fame is here too, and he has created serious buzz around Taco Taco.
On Monday evening, after a lovely long weekend of Easter fun, we had a wander around town, a pre-dinner drink in Drury Buildings and we were outside Taco Taco on Dame Court (Taco Taco is located in Odessa) at 5pm waiting for the doors to open. I had heard stories of 1 hour queues and I really hate queuing so my method to avoid that was to be there when the doors opened.
The space hasn’t changed much from when it was Odessa, up a few steps from the main door, its a nice light filled room, quite casual vibe. The menu is great, with much more than just tacos on it…starters including calamari, salad, crab cakes, prawns along with mains of different types of tacos (including jerk chicken, fish, halloumi), and other choices burgers, chicken, nachos.
Onto the drinks, along with the usual soft drinks, there are jugs of cocktails, bottles of beers and wine – 3 whites, 3 reds and 1 sparkling. Wines are all by carafe, glass, 500ml or 750ml. As we had a glass of wine before dinner, we decided to stick with wine and chose the most expensive of the 3 reds, a portugese wine, Alexandre Relvas, Touriga Nacional, Aragonez/Syrah (€29 bottle / carafe). While it’s a fine wine, it didn’t really meet the pricetag and I think we would have been better off with cocktails or beer…next time will choose better! The food was WAY more successful…
We decided to share a starter and went for the Pint of Prawns with sriracha mayo, warm tortillas, iceberg & lemon (€11.95). With the amount of prawns in the glass this is a perfect sharing portion. The prawns were big and so tasty, some of the best I’ve had and the spicy mayo was a delicious accompaniment.
He’s not really into Mexican food so was definitely going to be picking a main from the ‘Other Stuff’ section and chose the burger. While the Kansas City Truck Stop Burger with it’s “double smoked streaky bacon, double mature cheddar, beer batter onion ring, chilli beef & full salad garnish, jalapeños, sour cream & skinny fries” was appealing he decided to go for the more standard option, a char-grilled 8oz beef burger with smoked streaky bacon, cheese and garnishes, served with skinny fries (€14.95). He enjoyed the burger and size wise it was good as you can pick it up and eat it as a burger should be eaten, only started to break up towards the end.
I was there for the tacos and while I considered the chicken and fish, I went for an unusual choice for me, the halloumi – Char-grilled halloumi with beetroot slaw, cashew nuts, hummus, orange & chilli salsa (€14). Having heard great things, we added a side of poutine fries (fries with smokey bacon, black pepper sauce and mozzarella).
My plate arrived with 3 soft floury tacos filled to the brim with all this nice stuff. Like Kate from Kate’s Kabin I didn’t use a knife and fork (that’s definitely against the taco law) so it is very messy but good messy! The 3rd taco was a bit of a struggle, they are so filling. The char grilled halloumi was perfect with the sweet citrus, crunchy nuts and hint of chilli was divine. The poutine fries were really good, although most went back, as I was so full from the tacos.
I really enjoyed Taco Taco – it’s a quick bite to eat kind of place to visit, not somewhere you would linger. But great food, so tasty, a nice atmosphere, good music and friendly staff make it all work perfectly. It’s not expensive, our total bill including the wine (at €29) came to €73.40 (not including service). Teeny complaint about the chairs, they are not very comfortable at all but as it’s not a place you’re going to hang out for hours, that’s ok. And really the food more than cancels out any other minor issue or discomfort. Now to make a plan to return…I need more of these tacos in my life.
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