Benito’s Hat is a popular Mexican London chain which I had previously never heard of. Since the OH was craving a burrito, we decided to make the extra effort to try somewhere new.
The set up of Benito’s Hat is resemblant of other popular Mexican burrito chains scattered around London such as Chipotle and Chilango in that you pick your choice of meat and an array of fillings such as beans, rice and cheese.
I went for the braised pork tacos which arrived with a complimentary side of nachos, as do all meals at Benito’s Hat it seems. The nachos were, unfortunately, dry and unappetizing
The pork itself was lost in the salad and didn’t taste like it had been braised; flavourless meat with a stringy texture. The taco as a whole tasted fresh because of the tomato and coriander but was topped with dry, unmelted cheese scattered on top of a luke warm taco.
Benito’s Hat also has a happy hour from 5 – 7pm everyday, unfortunately I just missed it. My cocktail of choice is a Margherita since it reminds me of my time in San Diego one summer and seeing a strawberry Margherita on the menu, intrigued me.
The cocktail arrived in a large wine glass with plenty of garnished lime, however, was missing the salt on the rim. Instead the cocktail had salty notes within the drink which I personally thought was a mistake.
Since we were dining in and the tacos didn’t fill me up, we ordered the flan casero (Mexican crème caramel) to share. The dessert was actually the biggest surprise as it was thoroughly enjoyable. Sweet, sticky caramel to match the soft custard which was incredibly more-ish.
Benito’s Hat overall, was underwhelming and not worth the extra effort we made to visit. If you want to satisfy your burrito/taco cravings, I suggest you go elsewhere, as this was the worst I’ve tried and unfortunately didn’t satisfy either of us.
– Benito’s Hat, Fitzrovia