For some reason, whenever I feel the need to have some Mexican, I stop and pause. Umm, uhhh.. where exactly can I eat good halal Mexican food? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had mediocre Mexican and bad Mexican but this time I didn’t want to settle for decent, I wanted the best.

Well I don’t know why I thought visiting a Mexican chain restaurant on my lunch break was a good idea but for blog purposes, I must be open to everything so into Tortilla I strolled.

The setting was small with a casual feel to it with three long wooden benches taking up the majority of the space in the building. The servers were patient given the large number of orders coming at them from all directions but one server in particular seemed to get overly upset when I asked about what type of tortilla I could have with my taco.

Upset food server aside, I ordered a chicken taco and for £4.30 I received a generous amount of two tacos stuffed with large spoonfuls of chicken topped with sour cream, salsa, chillies and something I hope was cheese.


I sat down and straight away dug in. The chicken lacked any punchy flavours and was not fresh hence the rubbery effect. The flour tortilla was hard and crunchy even with the drippings from the chicken; it made me wonder about how long these tortillas had been out for. The toppings were scarce and did little for the taco even when it was doused in the house chilli sauce.

So in my search for the best, I in fact failed to do so but hey, maybe Tortilla was having a bad day but I won’t be visiting again! If you guys know any good Mexican restaurants for me to try, please let me know, I’m going loco in the search for one!

There is a halal certification on the premises for the chicken only.

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  1. Sel H
    July 11, 2013

    Nice blog! I never knew about halal nail polish until reading it so thank you! Try having the tortilla instead of tacos – it is absolutely delicious and satisfying – you can have refried beans, rice, chilli sauce guacamole, sour cream and cheese in it (I get all the flavours) and the chicken is nice and fresh 🙂 x

    1. July 24, 2013

      I may have to visit Tortilla again after your recommendation and try the tortilla instead of the tacos – thanks! 🙂

  2. Shak S
    October 17, 2013

    Your reviews leave me in stitches hahahaha. Classic! Plz could you do a review of Oscars in Whiteley Shopping Centre Bayswater. JazaKallah

    1. October 17, 2013

      Hellooo 🙂

      The last time I wanted to go to Oscars, I couldn’t find it!
      I think it’s closed down 🙁


  3. November 20, 2013

    loca mexicana in bayswater

  4. November 20, 2013

    Loco Mexicano in Bayswater even

  5. Jaffer
    December 12, 2013

    Poncho No 8 at St Pauls. Delicious Mexican food! 🙂

  6. Muttee Ahmad
    January 16, 2014

    Tortilla’s Burritos are really good. You should definitely give it a go and go in a rush hour, you will definitely be served everything fresh. Get guacamole as well (it costs extra) and go for all toppings where possible. If you are a fan of spicy stuff then try their combo of medium and hot salsa with jalapenos.

    And Oscars was really good but unfortunately it is now closed down. I used to get my mexican fix from there, now I go to Cardiff (yes all the way to Cardiff in Wales) to have good mexican food from a restaurant called Daiquiris. It is a very small place owned by a couple and is open for a short time every day and they take holidays as well but their chimichanga will make you go all the way their just to have it once and a while 🙂

    1. Anonymous
      June 4, 2014

      Agree – they are the best burrito chain. I think it’s an asian thing to be inherently underwhelmed by Mexican food as it is a close approximation to Indian food but when you go to a good one, they can be wonderful. My 2-3 visit a week to Tortilla says it all – even though there is a Benito’s Hat and Chipotle far closer to me!

      I go for the Large Grilled Chicken buritto with a little onions and pepper and refried beans, lettuce, mild salsa, sour cream, lime juice, cheese, guacamole and fresh jalapenos. the grilled chicken, especially has a very deep and satisfying flavour.

  7. Aysha
    January 16, 2014

    Hi there, If you are still hankering for Halal Mexican food, there is the Mexican Grille on the Mile End Road. Nearest tube station Stepney Green

    1. Hussain
      January 20, 2014

      I visited this place with my wife and had the mix grill, which was nice. The chilli chips were really nice to. It’s not genuine Mexican but a close rival, I believe the chef and management are all Bengali.

  8. Hussain
    January 22, 2014

    A great Mexican place I can recommend is definitely Mexican grill on Mile End, nice food and all the food is halal. Personally I would not eat at Tortilla as the halal chicken is to close to the pork, I’ve seen pork juices dropping over the chicken which put me off.
    Just liked to say you have a great blog, keep it up.

  9. Naima
    September 4, 2014

    Dude, try wahaca it’s amazing especially the plantain tacos, beans and sweet potatoes, not the citius drink but the virgin mojito is out of this world. cabana is not too bad only went once and las iguanas is next on my list!

  10. Ruman
    December 24, 2014

    Salam, I think the tortillas in tortilla cw would have tasted nice if the white cubes of pork didnt sitting next to the white cubes of halal chicken and be so off putting.

    Great blog btw! mA

  11. Anonymous
    September 18, 2015

    Just go to wrap it up 🙂

  12. farah
    June 14, 2016

    I really don’t like it that they do pork! how annoying is that! 🙁

  13. Ghulam
    July 8, 2016

    I would be interested to know if Tortilla halal chicken is stunned or non-stunned. Many restaurants that do “halal” chicken use stunned chickens which many Muslims don’t consider as halal.

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