Many moons ago before the invention of Wahaca, the only way Londoners could get an authentic taste of Mexican food was to fly straight to Mexico or indulge themselves on a trip to the States. Then one day a bright spark launched Café Pacifico in Covent Garden and our dreams came true.
Working nearby at the time, my friend and old work colleague Doretta and I spent many an evening at this lively restaurant, starting the night with a few frozen magararitas before tucking in to the tacos, enchiladas and the best guacamole dip we’d ever tasted.
Since then, many food trends have come and gone, but I’m pleased to report that Café Pacifico still remains, serving delicious Mexican food and killer cocktails to locals and tourists alike.
But is it still as good? Revisiting our old haunt felt like going back in time, but in a good way. The atmosphere as you enter is as lively as ever, with super friendly staff on hand to find you a seat and serve you with an almost compulsory frozen margarita. And boy, do they taste good.
I’m happy to report that the complimentary corn chips and fiery salsa dip are still there too.
The menu has changed, but in a good way. Yes, the classics like tacos and burritos are still there, but other less calorific dishes are available too
The menu has changed though – in a good way. Yes, the classics like tacos and burritos are still there, but other less calorific dishes are available too. We chose chicken fajitas and the veggie aubergine and tomato enchiladas and both came piping hot and full of flavour. We added a side dish of sweet potato fries too but you probably don’t need to – the portions are very generous.
On a Wednesday weekday Café Pacifico was full of birthday parties, friends on a night out and in our case, old mates taking a trip down memory lane. Twenty years on from our first visit Café Pacifico still rocks, just don’t get addicted to those margaritas…
5 Langley Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JA; cafe-pacifico.com