REVIEW: Lupita East, Liverpool Street
WHAT? With three branches across London, Lupita prides itself on authentic Mexican food at great prices, from crispy tacos to super-filling enchilada bowls via gigantic curls of crunchy fried cheese smothered in guacamole. Expect the usual facets of a cheap and cheerful Mexican in a large city – rainbow decor and an almost too extensive menu countered by more than a few fun surprises and genuinely excellent flavours.
Expect the usual facets of a cheap and cheerful Mexican – rainbow decor and an almost too extensive menu countered by more than a few fun surprises and genuinely excellent flavours.
BEST DISH: For us, it begins and ends with the signature dish: Chicharron de Queso y Guacamole. That’s browned and golden rolled cheese served with a borderline perfect dollop of the green stuff, ideal for sharing (if only because scoffing an entire plate will end your diet for a fortnight).
Continue with the gloriously messy and protein-filled Gobernador; six juicy grilled prawns wrapped in corn tortillas and doused in melted cheese, chipotle mayo and lashings of pico de gallo. Enchiladas come in a heavy skillet, bubbling with salsa verde – it’s the obvious choice for those with a huge appetite, a giant portion of shredded chicken, crumbled cheese, onion and coriander ringing in at £13.95.
Hearty stews, moreish nibbles (we were drawn to Ceviche Sinaloense – fresh fish marinated in lime and orange juice), burritos, salads and tortas (Mexican soft buns grilled with steak, chicken or vegetables) make up the rest of the menu, but be sure to reserve room for desserts. Tres leche cake is a must, whereby three types of leche, or milk, are poured over sponge cake to create a signature indulgence. Churros is another obvious choice, though we recommend plumping for caramel sauce over chocolate.
Finally, don’t ignore the booze – there are tons of Margarita variations, several Mexican beers and even a Michelada Clamato, topped up with lime, clam and tomato juice. For big groups, grab the cocktail list – the pitchers are ideal for birthdays if you’re looking for a bit of buzz at a low price point.