Finding fast food that is filling but doesn’t leave that greasy feeling in the pit of your stomach can be somewhat of a challenge but Tortilla have got it nailed. This is Californian-Mexican food rather than Tex-Mex so don’t expect any messy, fried cheese-laden nachos here. Instead they provide tasty-as-hell wraps you can eat on the go or savour with a magarita or two.
As you arrive at the counter, beaming staff help you assemble a burrito, fajita or taco of your choice. First there’s the meat of the filling: either steak, ‘carnitas’ (slow-braised pork) grilled chicken or sautéed onions and peppers for the veggies. I opt for a flour tortilla with steak, topped with black beans and lime and coriander rice. It’s already looking huge and I have bigger plans for my burrito so I skip the cheese and sour cream and move onto the salad and extras.
If it all weren’t so healthy I’d be embarassed with my greed here as I practically order the entire salad and extras bar. Faced with a a vivid mix of green guacamole, tomato salsa, crisp iceberg lettuce and jalapeno chillis I point to them all and try to ignore the fact my burrito is now the size of a large jar of coffee. But it doesn’t stop there! There’s sauces to be had and if there’s thing in life I love more than steak it’s sauce. You can choose between fiery salsa rojo, green japapeno salsa or mild pico de gallo (or in my case – all three).
I must admit eating this gargantuan food parcel is a challenge, but thankfully I’m here with a friend and not on a date. The steak is juicy and packed full of flavour thanks to a spice rub and complimented perfectly by the lime-y rice and fresh flavours of tomato and avocado. Rounding it all off is a subtle kick from the chillis. Delicious.
Washed down with a zesty magarita resembling a boozy slush puppy, my meal comes to about £10 but would have been £6 without the drink. With several outlets in Islington, Bankside and Canary Wharf, Tortilla is the ideal place to grab a quick bite. Look’s like I’ll be making a few trips to Angel during my lunch breaks from now on.
Visit www.tortilla.co.uk for more information.