Brace for line ups for the fab-value Mexican street food at former MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers' brightly colored Covent Garden bolt hole. Concrete walls, shared wooden bench seats, and green ceiling slats make for brisk and breezy basement surrounds, but it's the cheap-as-chips, ethically and sustainably sourced £3.95–£7.95 Mexican market-style tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, taquitos, and burritos that pull in the budget-consious studenty and touristy crowds.
A generous £19.95 spread for two hungry honchos to share will produce a feast of broad bean quesadillas, pork pibil tacos, slaw, chicken tinga taquitas with green rice, black bean tostadas, and guacamole, but note that the Mexican music can be a bit loud and the restaurant is often heaving by 6:30 pm.
Dec 7, 2000
I love Villandry's - it's one of my absolute London favorites. The dining room is very low key but full of cool business breakfasters in the morning, lunching ladies and others mid day and a mostly local W1 crowd at dinner. Service can be spotty. I don't agree with the Fodor's classification of the restaurant as particularly French, however. The menu is relatively simple, and changes daily based on what's freshly come into the store/restaurant.
It's a small menu, but always with something appetizing - especially fish dishes. The Provencal yogurt with honey is the best dessert, although there are wicked cakes, as well, and if you ask for whipped cream, they'll bring you a whole bowl and let you help yourself. Mmmmmm. The food store does NOT rival Harrods in size, but I like it better anyway, since it is more selective and interesting. The choice of cheese is limited in relation to places like Neal's Yard, but very very good, as is the wine selection, and the absolutely fabulous (but also small) selection of ice creams. The store also has a take away section during the day for both hot and cold dishes - super for a picnic in nearby Regents Park. I would go out of my way for a meal or shop at Villandrys, but it really is best as a neighborhood place.