Viral TikTok videos have kick-started the hype for Birria Tacos in London. Halal Mexican food hasn’t been easy to come by. But thanks to this trend, we are in for a treat with some halal Birria tacos options around town. One of them is Birria Taco London, who started as a click-and-collect takeout spot in Sussex Gardens, then a residency at Dar Marrakesh in Edgware Road, and now finally a permanent shop in Kensal Rise!
We visited Birria Taco London within their first two weeks of opening at Sussex Gardens and loved it from the get-go. They were only operating on the weekends then, cooking away in a small kitchen tucked downstairs of Ventures Hotel. Don’t just take my word for it. Within weeks of opening, they also got themselves featured on The Infatuation and immediately attracted lots of attention. The hype is certainly real and you are guaranteed to be in for a treat at Birria Taco London.
Birria Taco UK: Halal Birria Tacos in London & More
What’s the real hype about Birria tacos? Birria means spicy meat stew, a speciality especially known around Guadalajara, Mexico. It is usually a dish served for special occasions such as weddings, but it is also often served in the form of tacos, i.e. Birria tacos. The real magic happens when you dip the tortilla into the stew, utilising the fat for extra flavour, then pan-fry it and load it up with cheese and lots of slow-cooked shredded meat. Last but not least, these tacos are then served with a side of consomme for you to dip your tacos in. You can sum this up in two words: flavour bomb.
So it’s absolutely no wonder that Birria Taco London has gained such popularity. Apart from birria tacos, its menu also features the like of birria ramen, birria nachos, churros, and a selection of Mexican Jarritos drinks. All meats served are halal at Birria Taco London. No pork or alcohol is served at the restaurant.
The Food at Birria Taco (what we ordered)
Date of visit: April 2021 (when they were at Sussex Gardens)
Lamb Birria Tacos (£12 – 3 tacos)
Birria Taco London only offers a lamb option on their menu and they come in three tacos for each box plus consomme & garnishes. These crispy corn tortillas are stuffed with slow-cooked lamb and cheese, then topped with white onions, salsa, cilantro, jalapeno plus a squeeze of lime. The meat was rich & moreish to taste and the flavours were further brought out by dipping the tacos into the consomme. It’s also got a ridiculously tender texture, with an almost melt-in-your-mouth sensation. I’d recommend asking for extra habanero sauce as it really helps to make the flavours pop and give it an oomph.
Birria Ramen (£9.50)
Bringing the birria concept to a different level, Birria Taco also has this unique creation of Birria Ramen Noodle Soup. It is basically ramen noodles in a rich lamb Birria broth, topped with shredded lamb Birria, white crisp onions and cilantro. So it’s pretty much birria taco without the taco, and with ramen noodles instead. The concept works quite well in my opinion as the deeply flavoured meat broth certainly goes well with noodles. My personal recommendation would be to allow the noodles to sit in the broth for a little bit before digging in. This is to let the flavours soak through the noodles a bit more.
Food Review Summary
Birria Taco is no doubt a great addition to the West London halal food scene and a great spot to get your taco fix! The food’s excellent and we are so pleased to see them now opening their own place in Kensal Rise. Whether it’s for tacos or a hearty bowl of birria ramen, you don’t want to miss out on this little food gem.
Looking for more halal-friendly Mexican food in London? Check this out too!
Birria Taco is fully halal.
Nearest station: Kensal Rise