Published On: Tue, Dec 20th, 2016

“Mexican Food Wave” sweeps across England

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According to a “Mexican Food Wave” is sweeping across Britain! Tacos are a street food favourite, but more authentic Mexican restaurants are popping up throughout the U.K.

Returning from Mexico, a land whose food heritage is Unesco-protected, travellers share tales of life-changing meals – and no one does this more than chefs. Indeed, René Redzepi is so enamoured of the nation’s cuisine that Noma’s final residency will take place in Tulum next year. And judging by the number of Mexican chefs invited to guest at top UK restaurants (including Enrique Olvera of Pujol and Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil), ours are equally fond of the country’s cooking.

It’s been nine years since Thomasina Miers launched Wahaca with the intention of introducing British palates to Mexican flavours. This year, the group fed more than three million people. The rest of this restaurant sector has also expanded at pace, largely due to mushrooming burrito bar chains. In 2016, Waitrose’s website witnessed hits on Mexican recipes increase exponentially, up 867% for pork fajitas; while Tesco reports that 50% of UK households plump for Mexican due to its relative ease and family friendliness.


‘A nod to regional fare’: The Huevos Rancheros at Breddos Taqueria. Photograph: Kris Kirkham for The Guardian



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