Following the successful formula of its four predecessors, Tortilla’s Leadenhall location offers burrito fans the same food they’ve come to expect, with a bit more room to eat it in.
Located in picturesque Leadenhall Market, Tortilla is set over three floors. Order your burrito on the ground floor at the assembly line-style counter (be prepared for a queue) and then you can either head upstairs or downstairs to have a seat. The upstairs is mezzanine-like, overlooking the ground floor, but downstairs is surprisingly massive. There’s a warren of rooms that offers plenty of space for customers searching for a seat but it would be equally suited to large parties or events. Decor is cosy, with brick walls and warm woods, and just a touch of Mexican-themed art to be on topic without seeming too cheesy. Look up and you’ll see chandeliers made out of beer bottles.
Burritos being the ultimate takeaway food – handily-sized and ready wrapped – many customers choose to head back to their local offices, but if you decide to stay you’ll see the crowd is almost exclusively City folk. Although the queue seems long, it moves fast.
Tortilla specialises in California-style Mexican food, offering burritos, wraps, salads and tacos with a choice of fillings. A medium burrito is £4.95 and a large is £5.95, but unless you’re not planning on eating the rest of the day the medium is more than enough. When you order, you can choose from a main filling of chicken, pork, a veggie-friendly pepper and onion mix, and steak (an extra 50p). Then choose your rice (lime-cilantro or Mexican), beans (black or pinto), salsa (mild pico de gallo, medium green salsa and hot red salsa), sour cream, cheese and guacamole (an extra 70p).
In terms of fillings, both the pork and chicken are highly recommended, the pork tender and savoury and the chicken with a slight char-grill taste. Both black beans and pinto beans are good, depending on whether you want a slightly creamier (go for the pinto) or fresher (go for the black) taste. The only downside is that, depending on your ingredients, the burrito can be slightly drippy, so make sure you keep the foil on for as long as possible to avoid various juices running down your arm.
Soft drinks, juices and water are available by the bottle. Alcohol-wise there’s Budweiser on draft, bottles of Mexican beers, plus frozen margaritas made with silver tequila. Wine is also available and the red works surprisingly well with a pork burrito.
The Last Word
A welcome location to EC3, Tortilla is definitely worth a try – or a return visit.