Newest Review: ... perfect for the food, fruity to match the spicy rich nature of the food. I thought this was a ramshackle authentic joint that just got b... more
A meal to remember unless you overdo the Tequilla
Cafe Pacifico (London)
Member Name: paulie1975
Cafe Pacifico (London)
Advantages: Great food, huge portions, friendly staff, nice atmosphere
Disadvantages: Not great for people with small appetites
I like Mexican food and for me Cafe Pacifico is one of the best Restaurants in London, based on Langley Street down a quiet little side street off the main area of Covent Garden this is within 3-5 minutes walk of both Leicester Square and Covent Garden Tube Stations.
The place itself is set on one level and has an air of cool Mexican chaos you can see the kitchen, the staff are generally of Latin American origin and have a good knowledge of their subject. Cocktails are distinctive and authentic and I love Corona so the beer is perfect for the food, fruity to match the spicy rich nature of the food.
I thought this was a ramshackle authentic joint that just got by with its great menu but I understand there is also a Cafe Pacifico in Amsterdam and Sydney and sister restaurant La Perla in London and Paris.
In terms of menu, it is rich, authentic and hearty. I'm a massive eater and can generally finish someone elses plate but have to admit after eating at Cafe Pacifico I didn't need to eat for the rest of the day and I went for lunch.
Typical Mexican fare here with Burritos, Fajitas, Tacos, Nachos and Guacamole, all are great bar foods, great to snack on with beer or tequilla. All have strong flavours and come in really good sized sharing portions, prices are generally around £5 but they are good value and the bar food menu even suggests the best beer to combine with the snacks.
Enchilladas in a variety of flavours are the order of the day, fajitas are also a house speciality too and are so enormous you'll struggle to finish them, Chile Con Carne is fiery, spicy and damned tasty and Degustacion Del Pacifico is my personal favourite being a combination of Taco, Enchilada, Quesqidilia and Guacamole. All meals include rice and beans which are incredibly filling.
Desserts vary from Ice Creams to Mud Pie to Brownies, there are also a decent selection of teas and liquors.
Prices are decent with main courses costing around £8-£12 and they are incredibly filling. If you like decent hearty food at reasonable prices, and slightly off the beaten track in busy Covent Garden, this is a great place for a long leisurely lunch or a fun evening.
Oh and did I mention the Tequilla's, head down there and check them out, it'll be a night to remember....or not, if you have one too many tequilla's!!!!
Summary: A meal to remember unless you overdo the Tequilla