Benito’s Hat, Fitzrovia, London
My review for Benito’s Hat in Fitzrovia. The friendliest Mexican-ish meal I’ve had to date. I say “ish” as Mexican food is a little weird here in London. Brit-Mex feels like there’s a thrilling edge taken off for the local palate. Fitzrovia is a bit of a desert in the weekends, so there wasn’t much of a crowd, and only one woman was running the service. She did an incredible job though, and let us know in advance of the delay.
My friend Craig and I in Fitzrovia this weekend, and being a Sunday it’s eerily quiet. Benito’s Hat was on one of my lists, and it’s priced right so it was our choice for the afternoon.
We had some margarita, some nachos, a burrito and a burger. Yeah, a burger. See what I mean? But it was a mean burger. Pulled pork, in fact. The dishes arrive fresh from downstairs and we happily nibbled on the nachos before the others made their way. An impressively loaded bowl of the fried corn, though worth noting the mains also came with even more chips. Great pricing and a loyalty that’s sure to get you coming back for more.
Margarita! No salt rim though, I’m on a sodium diet. A pleasant mix of the sour, sweet and good, good tequila. It was meant to be a buy one get one free cocktail happy hour offer so the serviceperson wasn’t perfect, there was a minor err here.
The burger came with an interesting pickled cactus. It wasn’t as pointed as what one’s mind might conjure up, but it didn’t do anything for me. The pork was tasty though. And on a brioche bun it was plenty filling for the price. And even though I already had the nachos, I was quietly pleased to see even more corn chips coming my way. There’s a bit of a charm to Benito’s Hat and I’d be keen to return.