Club Mexicana

For Vegan food, you go to Camden! There are a lot of vegan places to get yummy food. I heard about ‘Club Mexicana’ a while ago and so I went to visit them last weekend. I didn’t know exactly where it was, but weird enough (because it’s not that easy to find) I just walked there like I knew. I must work like a magnet to vegan food. So for directions, I would say ‘follow your instincts’, haha! If you’re not very good at this, then let me explain. If you’re coming from the ug station, you turn right. You cross the bridge and then right after the bridge you turn left. Walk straight (don’t go up) and you’ll see a big tree next to a little walking bridge. It’s right around the corner from there, next to the water. I hope this will help you.

They have 3 things at Club Mexicana. This is actually quite nice, because it’s easier to choose this way. Although.. how do you choose between burritos, tacos and nachos? I guess it depends a little bit on your appetite. I went there for lunch, so I chose the burrito. It’s made with bbq pulled jackfruit, black beans, guacamole, salsa, pickled chillies and sour cream. All 100% vegan of course and they make everything from scratch. Because everything they have is vegan, there is no need to worry about substitutions or traces. I love it! The tacos are made with beer battered to-fish, chimichurri and also pickled chillies and sour cream. So are the nachos, but they also have some black beans, guacamole and cheese sauce. They are great for sharing. What would you pick?

I like their look. The bright pink really stands out in between all the other stalls. It looks summery and fresh. I love that they have a massive sign with 100% vegan! Could it be more clear? Actually the lady in front of me asked if there was any meat inside.. hehe.. oops! Because it’s a market stall, there are no places to sit per se. There are some (standing) tables across from them, but they are also used by people who’re getting things from other stalls and on a sunny weekend, it’s busy! I found a nice spot on a little wall, next to the water and enjoyed my burrito there. It was very yummy and super fresh and filling. Definitely a very good lunch, though I found the bbq pulled jackfruit a little sour. Some might like this, but it’s not my personal favourite. Next time I might try the nachos, they looked delicious too.

WHO? Club Mexicana.
WHERE? Camden Lock.
CUISINE? Mexican.
VEGAN? Yes!
OVERALL? 7 (Love their overall look and yummy food.)

Did you already know Club Mexicana? What Mexican goodness would you choose? Please let me know when you’ve tried it! You can do this by leaving a comment below, but you can also show me by tagging me on Instagram or by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X

Lupita

lLast Thursday I didn’t post a hotspot, silly me! That’s why I’ll give you one today: Lupita! When I was planning to go to ‘Giraffe’ in High Street Kensington, I couldn’t find it. Apparently it’s gone. Instead I found Lupita. I actually did see it before, because it’s quite the eye-catcher. I looked at the menu and there was no reason to put them on my hotspot list as there was basically nothing vegan. But because I was there anyway, I went inside and asked if they are willing to make me anything vegan. The staff was so friendly and helped me straight away. Together we veganised a vegetarian burrito and I ordered a side salad. In the meantime they gave me 2 dressings, 1 a little spicier than the other, but both really tasty! When my burrito was in front of me I was very content, it looked fabulous. I ate it all together, the burrito with the avocado, the dressings and the very fresh crispy salad. It was a really good meal for a restaurant that doesn’t offer anything vegan.

lupI’d say Lupita is a very good option if you want to go to a restaurant with people who’re not vegan. Personally I’d rather go to a vegan or vegetarian restaurant btw. I wouldn’t feel comfortable or at ease with somebody who’s eating meat in front of me. But I know that there are people who are ok with it and that’s why I think it’s good to review restaurants like this. Also I think the more ask for vegan options they get, the more vegan the world is going to be. Hurrah for that! At least the staff was very helpful and I actually had a very nice mature conversation with one of the waiters about veganism. I recommended to put something vegan dishes on the menu, but it wasn’t really a traditional Mexican thing he said. Though I do think they can at least give vegan options, because the burrito they made me, was lovely.

luLupita has 2 other branches. One in central London (13 – 15 Villiers Street WC2N 6ND) and one close to Liverpool Street (60-62 Commercial Street E1 6LT). They also do delivery and take away. For more information about that, you can go to their website.
The interior is very nice. It all looks absolutely attractive. Like I said, a real eye-catcher on the high street. The colours are very different, outspoken and they have very nice things hanging on the wall. It’s all very decorative, very Mexican. Oh and did I mention it has the coolest wallpaper in the toilet? You should check it out!

WHO? Lupita.
WHERE? 7 Kensington High Street W8 5NP.
CUISINE? Authentic Mexican.
VEGAN? No! (omni)
OVERALL? 6 (could have been higher with vegan options on the menu)

What do you think of Lupita? Would you like to go for a yummy burrito or do you rather go to vegan restaurants? Please let me know in a comment below or show me on Instagram by using #PlanetManel. Thank you! X