If I had to pick my favourite type of food I think Mexican would be up there. From complex moles to the TexMex of America, I love it all, and it’s one of things I missed with a deep and desperate yearning when I moved back to London from America.
Thankfully in the intervening few years Mexican restaurants at every price level have appeared throughout London. Chipotle made the move across the Atlantic, Wahaca have opened a slew of new outlets, this week alone I’ve noticed two new Mexican takeaway joints on Camden High Street, and even Whole Foods have got in on the act with a burrito bar on Parkway. (This is bad news for my thighs at £4 for a good veggie one.)
I’m also excited for Thomasina Miers’ new DF / Mexico, a modern Mexican diner from the team behind Wahaca, at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. The short term experimental residency is inspired by today’s cosmopolitan Mexico City (Distrito Federal).
Meanwhile back on my home turf is Cafe Chula in Camden Lock Market. It’s been open for, hmm, eighteen months, I think, and we eat lunch there at least a couple of times a month, enjoying its primo lockside location, laid back atmosphere and excellent food.
I love that they serve Micheladas – which Hannah introduced me to. Here they are a Piston Head beer, with lime juice, tomato juice, Valentina hot sauce & Worcester sauce with salt rim. Not to everyone’s taste, but worth trying. Above is one of their agua frescas – the agua de lima.
A few weeks back I took Chloe and Remy there for lunch – Chloe and I have embarked upon a styling project for LLG, as I get asked so frequently for personal style posts, so we spent a few days putting together looks, both from my wardrobe, and with the help of some of my favourite retailers, and then shooting them. It’s hard work prancing around in clothes, so we clearly had to break to stuff our faces with excellent Mexican food.
It’s worth pointing out that the delicious tortillas are house-made – from actual tortillas, as opposed to being shaken out of a bag.
I have quite a thing for their quesadilla de hongos, flour tortillas filled with marinated mushrooms, melted Oaxaca cheese, epazote, pico de gallo & guacamole. I also recommend the frijoles de la olla, pinto beans with pica de gallo, and the carne asado tacos – flank steak with lime, coriander, garlic and tomatillo salsa.
There’s no roadside access to Cafe Chula. You can either park in Primrose Hill, and walk for ten minutes down the Regent’s Canal towpath to the Lock Market, or access it off Camden High Street, (just by the bridge over the canal) and walk through Camden Lock Market, to the buildings on the very far side.
Whistles: Navy ribbon tie T Shirt
Gap: White denim shorts (in sale), Navy slip-on plimsolls, Grey sweatshirt with broderie anglaise insert (lots of great sweatshirts on sale here)
Whistles: Pale blue Ali heavy frame sunglasses
Larsson and Jennings: Gold plated chain metal watch
All items provided by retailers
If you like my sweatshirt, here are some other lace options (my current obsession). If viewing on the Daily Email, you’ll need to click through to see this.
Cafe Chula, Camden Lock Market
Camden Lock Pl London, Camden Town NW1 8AF. Telephone: 020 7284 1890
Restaurant photos by Sasha. All photos of Sasha by Chloe Beeney