Oh, Mexican food in London, how elusive art thou. Despite several recommendations of ‘amazing’ places I find myself constantly disappointed (Taqueria, anyone?). I’m starting to lose hope!
Tonight I got a glimmer of it back…
I just had a chance to try Freebird Burritos at the Qype Summer Party at 93 Feet East, and while it was a very good burrito, I just kept thinking, ‘Well of course it is. How hard is it to screw one up?’ And then I remembered the sloppy mess of a burrito that I tried out of a food stall in Camden Market three years ago and promptly shut up. Burrito making, I’ve concluded, must somehow be an art.
Freebird works off of the Chipotle school of thought: Take a tortilla the size of a newborn and stick it chock full of rice, beans, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, cheese, lettuce and if you fancy it, sour cream; wrap it up in tin foil and present it like a compact log:
I love Chipotle, so they were off to a good start.
Taking a bite, the tortilla was nice and fresh. I’m not sure if they make them in-house, but I wouldn’t be surprised. It was very good. The other ingredients were tasty as well. Even the salsa had a good kick to it. I’m also glad they had a black bean option. Finding black beans in London has proved trying to me in the past. I usually have to go to Whole Foods for them. Sooooo much better than pinto beans.
All in all, a tasty little concoction. It’s not the best I’ve ever had, but it would certainly do for a drunken 4th meal if I’m ever in Soho on a Saturday and feeling vulnerable. (That said, I hope they keep late hours. I can’t find them online. They would make a killing around 2 am on Wardour)
Or at least until Chipotle finally comes to London.
Rupert Street @ Winnett St
Soho, London W1D