Viral TikTok videos have led to the hype for Birria Tacos in London. Halal Mexican food hasn’t been easy to come by, but thanks to this trend, we might be in for a treat with at least some halal Birria tacos. One of the new ones popping up on the market is Birria Taco, a click-and-collect takeout spot in Sussex Gardens by Edgware Road. Having had a great experience with Mexican food at Mestizo, we were super keen to see what Birria Taco London has to offer!
Birria Taco: Halal Birria Tacos in Central London
What’s the real hype about Birria Taco? Birria means spicy meat stew, a speciality especially known around Guadalajara. It is actually a dish served for special occasions such as weddings but is also often served in the form of tacos, i.e. Birria tacos.
Birria Taco London started out with a kitchen spot downstairs of the Ventures Hotel, a small busy kitchen space operating through the weekends (Fridays to Sundays) specialising all things Birria. Its menu features the likes of Birria Tacos, Birria Ramen, Nachos, Churros, and a selection of Mexican Jarritos drinks. They now have taken residency at Dar Marrakesh (still at Edgware Road) and expanded their opening days from Tuesdays to Sundays for dinner service. All meats served are halal at Birria Taco, no pork or alcohol is served.
The Food: What We Ordered
Lamb Birria Taco (£12 – 3 tacos)
Birria Taco only offers a lamb option on their menu and they come in three tacos for each box. These crispy corn tortillas are stuffed with slow-cooked lamb and cheese, topped with white onions, salsa, cilantro, jalapeno and a squeeze of lime. The meat was slow-cooked in a spiced broth till extremely tender and the fat that sits on top of the broth is then used for dipping the tortilla in before pan-frying it.
It comes with a bowl of consommé on the side. By dipping the tacos into it, it brings out the richness of flavours from the meat. The meat was ridiculously tender 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 has also launched a 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. The concept works quite well in my opinion as the deep rich meat broth certainly goes well with noodles. Instead of thick tonkatsu-like ramen broth, expect melt-in-your-mouth tender lamb meat here. 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 really wish to see them at a proper restaurant one day. Its popularity within just 2 weeks of opening has proven its substantiality. If you ever need some food inspiration for the weekends, this is one to keep on the list.
Looking for more halal-friendly Mexican food in London? Check this out too!
Birria Taco is fully halal.
Nearest station: Edgware Road