Lupita Mexican Restaurant
Authentic Mexican restaurant that doesn’t patronise diners who have specialist requirements.
Mexican food has been elbowing its way onto the London dining scene for the last few years with some hits and some misses so when we passed newcomer Lupita we thought we’d pop in to find out if it was a hit or a miss.
We visited Lupita East, which is located just a few minutes’ walk away from Aldgate East Station. The décor was minimal yet authentic, but the true beauty of the restaurant lies on the menu which offers a wide range of Mexican fare from burritos and tacos to soups and totopos Not only is the food authentic, it provides reasonable options for diners with specialist diet requirements.
You’ll find great options for vegetarians which include ingredients such as nopales (cactus), flor de calabaza (squash flour blossoms) and huitlacoche (Mexican truffles).
Coeliacs can request corn tortillas for dishes that are made with flour tortillas (except burritos). Our server explained that the restaurant will always try to modify a dish to meet your needs. However, requests should be reasonable – there have been requests in the past for quesadillas with no cheese…
Calorie counters can obtain calorie information on meals if you ask in advance. We took it upon ourselves to do a little enquiring and learned that the following dishes are below 400 calories:
- Tostada Ceviche
- Tostada Tuna
- Tacos de Hongos ( Mushrooms)
- Tacos Gobernador (asked with half portion of cheese)
- Tortilla Soup, no avocado, no sour cream,
- Sopa de Verduras
- Prawn Nopales Salad
- Ensalada Maya
- Arroz ala Mexicana ( no sour Cream)
All in all this was a great Mexican experience and we would recommend Lupita to anyone who appreciates Mexican food – specialist requirements or not!
What we tried:
Chicharron de Queso y Guacamole
A tunnel of cheese served with guacamole. Heaven for cheese lovers.
Nopales tacos with corn tortillas (top)
Flor de calabaza quesadillas with corn tortillas (bottom)
Flan de cajeta (top)
Almond Daim chocolate tart (bottom)
What we liked
The authenticity of the menu from start to finish
The guacamole was the best we’ve tasted for a long time
The staff have a great understanding of the menu and confidently responded to diet specific queries
What we would do differently
Add a little more kick to one of the salsas
Include more of the nutritional attributes to their website
Who can eat here?
Value for money
Definitely. Two people can have a starter, main and drink for around £20 per head.
Lupita Central 13 – 15 Villiers Street, WC2N 6ND
Lupita East 60 – 62 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LT
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