Review: Breddos Tacos Taqueria
I've been a long-standing fan of Breddos Taco's since I moved to London and first discovered their delicious pork and chicken tacos at Street Feast, so I was pretty excited to hear that they'd opened up a permanent residence. Needless to say that it's been on my list to review for a while since it opened late last year. Tucked away in Clerkenwell, the taqueria itself is about a 10 minute walk from Old Street station.
I went with a friend who I hadn't seen in a while and we arrived around 6.30pm on a weekday, shortly after which a fairly substantial queue started to form out of the door but we were offered bar seats in the window. Though small, the place has a lively feel and immediately we were made to feel really welcome by the waiting staff.
Their menu changes daily and is split into a few different sections: tacos, specials, tostadas, sides and desserts.
The waitress recommended that we ordered 2-3 tacos each plus a couple of other bits so I ordered the Masa Fried Chicken taco with heirloom tomato pico de gallo and habanero sauce (£3.50) the Kung Pao Sichuan pork belly taco with bird's eye chile and spring onion (£3.50), and an Aged Onglet steak one with miso and bone marrow butter, mizuna and grelot onion crema (£4). These were all absolutely delicious and as always, their perfectly-formed soft corn tortillas were the ideal accompaniment to the rich, flavour-packed fillings. I could have eaten every single one again! My friend ordered the tuna tostada which looked really fresh with a generous amount of fresh tuna. (Click to scroll images of all of them below)
If we'd stopped there and had just had that,I'd have come away very happy and eager to return, however the rest of the meal was a little lacking.
We opted to share the longhorn beef short rib special with pasilla jus and garlic flower, and the side dish of chorizo verde queso fundido with nixtamalised potatoes (£6.50).
Neither of these I would bother getting again. The chorizo verde queso fundido (a melted cheese dish that's similar to, but more solid than, a cheese fondue and with green chorizo) with the nixtamalised potatoes (a quick Google tells me that it's some sort of special technique usually used in Mexico for preparing corn), was okay but nothing special. I found it a bit bland and didn't like the texture of the potatoes served with it, for me I just found it a bit too greasy on top of an already oily cheese fondue.
The longhorn beef short rib was also really disappointing. Despite being the most expensive dish of the evening (£12.50), this was so dry. Like, really, really dry. I'm sure this dish isn't usually like that, but it was a shame nonetheless.
The house white was really nice, went well with the tacos and was averagely priced at around £4 for a 125ml glass, but the highlight of drinks for me was the rhubarb soda that I had which was so refreshing and tasty, I definitely recommend getting this if you go.
Our meal came to £83 for the two of us including service, which I felt was a little steep for the setting and compared to other restaurants in the price range. Saying that, I still have a huge love of Breddos and think that their tacos are difficult to beat so I would consider returning for their tacos but, if I'm honest, will probably opt to carrying on enjoying them in a street food setting.
Nearest tube: Old Street
Let me know what you think in the comments below if you've been!