"It's not much but it's ours"

Tuesday, October 31, 2006



In the Times the other day I read about a UN survey that named London as the most ethnically diverse city on earth. I can’t recall the exact number of nations represented but it is certainly true that there are few creeds and colours not to be found in this weather beaten old place we call home.

So, I guess, it should have come as no surprise to me to find myself having supper on the Goswell Rd in an “Italian” café now run by a Bulgarian who, in the evening, offers up Tex Mex food while I was seated at a table between two Chinese students and a German tourist

But there you have it, and more than acceptable it was too. Certainly better than any of the abominable meals I had last week each of which cost at least three times as much.

While I looked at the menu, the owner brought out some store bought nachos for me to nibble on alongside some salsa which he had beefed up with the addition of plenty of green chilli.

The menu itself is short and to the point. About six or so starters, alongside the usual suspects of the Tex mex world, Chimichanga, Enchilada, Burritos and Fajitas. But, much is made of the fact that it is all made fresh to order so there is a need to be a little patient as the kitchen is small and he seems to be a bit of a one man band.

Well, fresh it certainly was. A well made Quesadilla was stuffed full of smoked chicken and would have been a meal in itself for £4.50 coming, as it did with a good dollop of fresh guacamole.

But, I am in the last stages of “carbing up” for the big race on Sunday and decided I needed more. So, I added an order of mixed enchilada with a side order of Pico de Gallo.

The enchilada were as they ought to be, a mass of meat cheese and doughy goodness with an added dose of chillies to pump it up a bit. The Pico was bright and tangy and ,for £6, there was enough here to feed two people.

Chatting to the owner, it appears he used to work in a Mexican restaurant in North London when he first came to the country. The owners, still his friends, come from Oaxaca and suggested he try some of the more straight forward dishes when he was looking for something to bring in people in the evening and to offer up for take away and delivery.

Well, he has made a very decent stab at it and is serving up some simple but tasty food ( remember the time when food was judged by how tasty it was rather than how clever or pretty?) at very reasonable prices. With a Diet Pepsi (I have to watch my weight don’t you know?) the bill was about £12.

Another contribution to the diversity of the city. Next week I shall be visiting a Bangladeshi tapas bar to eat sushi with a side of pierogi.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this site a lot, and have become a regular reader. I think that it would help a lot if you could add an alphabetical directory of the restaurants you review!

Thursday, November 02, 2006 8:02:00 am  
Blogger Hermano 2 said...

Thanks for the kind comment.

There are two responses to the request ( well three but, HP's response of "use Google" is a little harsh )

The first is that, quite frankly, I am too stupid to figure out how to do that. I still can't do hyperlinks ( I think you young folk call them ) and fear that trying to finesse my computer skills could have me re-enacting War Games that rather fun film with Matthew Broderick.

The other problem is that we started the blog just to record ( more for our own benefit than anyone else ) what meals we had eaten rather than as a resource for restaurants as there are plenty of those around and a damn better than ours. I quite like our "lo-fi" approach

Think of it as the narrative of a life lived in unrepentant self absorbtion ( in my case anyway ) rather than a guide.

In any case, I hope you continue to read and enjoy


Thursday, November 02, 2006 8:52:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ye i didnt like the food either, the food was poor and the service was atrocious, i hope there are some better indian restaurants opening soon in islington because at the moment all the curry houses are poor.

Thursday, November 09, 2006 2:37:00 am  

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