This afternoon Matt and I took a sunny stroll in Noho (north of Soho, geddit) and stopped off at the Oxford Circus branch of Tortilla to satisfy my craving for a burrito as an alternative to traditional Sunday lunch (and to give Matt a day off cooking, ha). Luckily I also happened to have a couple of Tortilla vouchers upon my person, having been asked to review a branch of my choice*. There is indeed such a thing as a free lunch.. arriba!
Tortilla is a Californian style Mexican fast food chain restaurant, specialising in build-your-own burritos, low carb 'naked' burritos (i.e. a bowl of all the fillings, no actual tortilla) and tacos. Personally I take a lot of pleasure in specifying exactly what I would like to eat, so this self-selection formula suits me down to the ground. Matt went for a steak burrito which he enjoyed, but I made the superior choice: naked burrito please, black beans, slow-cooked pork, mild salsa, sour cream, cheese, guac, NO to anything spicy.. perfection!
Being a Sunday afternoon, the branch was pretty quiet so I got a proper chance to appreciate the modern cantina / Americana style decor and a particularly impressive lighting display made of empty Corona bottles. The staff were polite, efficient and didn't mind me taking a bunch of photos to capture the experience to share with you guys. This branch has the added bonus of outdoor seating so we enjoyed our meals al fresco with the sun on our faces... we could almost have been in California... (if we were delusional and/or gullible. We're not).
I must admit that I've been a fan of Tortilla for quite a while as there is a branch close to my office in Angel. I usually head there for takeaway on a week day at lunchtime when there is always a queue snaking out the door and I'll get in and out as fast as possible... it was therefore a pleasant change to visit a different, larger branch and have a leisurely casual dining experience whilst taking the opportunity to properly check out the atmosphere. It's certainly not fancy, but has a modern vibe, the food is good, very reasonably priced (£5!) and you can even have a frozen margarita if you so wish. What's not to like?
*Thanks for the vouchers, Spreaditfast!