I agree~ I did love the food – mainly for all the cheese.
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5 Langley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JA
- Covent Garden Tube Station (<0.1 km)
- Leicester Square Tube Station (0.3 km)
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Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 23:45
Sun: 12:00 - 22:45
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48 reviews of Cafe Pacifico in English
I have been working in London for the past 24 years, and yet somehow, Cafe Pacifico jjust a few steps away from Covent Garden station had passed me by. I don't tend to hang around Covent Garden much any more due to its touristy nature, but Cafe Pacifico is tucked down a little side street.
As you walk in, it is like walking into a little bar in Mexico - you suddenly feel like you must be more fun and vibrant because everything around you is!
We couldn't have been made more welcome than we were by the lovely Carlos - manager and part-owner.
We were given glasses of iced water, gorgeous samples of food (best guacamole I have had in years and the beef and jalepeno quesadillas were to die for), and of course tequila.
We were given a huge jug of beautifully fresh, zingy margueritta and then treated to a very passionate talk about tequila and Cafe Pacifico's history.
Carlos then taught just how to drink tequila (another skill to put on my CV) and it is the first time I have been able to enjoy it - not a salt shaker or lemon/lime piece in sight!
The rest of our group ended up having to come and hunt us down as Carlos brought out more jugs of margueritta, showed us photos of the agave plantations (the plant tequila is made from) and generally made us feel like his special guests.
A great place to spend a lively evening with friends :)
However I have heard that along with Whisky and Rum, that if you avoid the horrible, cheap ones that you find littering bar shelves across the country, and find a good one, it's actually rather nice.
I've tried very hard to find a good tequila bar... and here at Cafe Pacifico I think I may have found it! They have a good range of Tequila, appear to be rather passionate about it. they even have a lovely certificate to prove that they have been approved by the Tequila Regulatory Council and that they are the first UK catering establishment to be awarded the distintivo T award for it's promotion of Tequila.
I take this to be a good sign and can confirm that the Tequila that I sampled here, is indeed nice, in fact I might, even hasten to add, delicious!
Cafe Pacifico is affiliated with La Perla, another Mexican restaurant with branches located around London. It has a very similar feel - quite rustic and down to earth, with lots of wood and chunky tiles. This restaurant, unlike others in the chain, however is not underground so it has a nice bright atmosphere and is warm and lively.
The food at Cafe Pacifico and La Perla, is also very similar, expect nacho's, taco's, quesadilla's.... which, although quite uninspiring, is made well, appears to be fresh, and is great Tequila drinking food!
The restaurant itself was very busy (especially for my Wednesday visit), but if you go to eat rather than sit at the bar, you'll have more chance to bag yourself a seat. So grab yourself a seat and a few plates to share, and enjoy the lively buzz!
Whilst not a gourmet experience, I can see this place as being a fun and friendly place, with a good vibe, perfect for meeting up with friends after work for a few drinks, or before going out on a weekend.
We had the best margarita i have tasted before (i've never been keen on them but this was NICE)
We were also taught how to correctly sample a tequilla not the USA movie style that we all think ie salt lime shoot tequila.
The bar food we tasted was lovely but we didnt really have enough time to taste properly as we were the first of the qype crawl to start there so time ran out.
But i would definetly like to go back and have a margarita and peruse the menu
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As part of the crawl we had a great time learning about tequila and I'm no longer a tequila virgin - yay! An interesting fact about tequila, it's like Champagne as in it can only be called tequila if it's made in a specific region.
A tip for drinking to enhance the flavour, firstly take a deep breath through your nose and slowly out your mouth, then slowly inhale the tequila - this means rater than smelling the potency of the alcohol you can begin to take in what actually makes up the drink.
They also have boards around the bar area with people's names on which is for when people by expensive shots of tequila - up to £205 I believe! Sadly didn't get a taster of that!
We also had some margarita's -- AMAZING, fresh, zingy and not to sugary! Very refreshing!
The food was delicious - real homemade, hearty comfort food. It was amazing! I would really recommend coming here if you want a nice, casual fun night out.
My only qualm, was it was a bit noisy. If you came with a group you could only really chat to those close to you rater than across the table.
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bexb-d, 20 August 2012:
The busy yet relaxed party atmosphere here would be great for tables of any party size or even for one, two (or many like us) to prop up the bar. Colourful wall posters and food dishes abound - both of which include good quality versions of the standard fare you'd expect in a Mexican here such as guacamole, as well as less 'Tex-Mex' outcomes like the interestingly-tasting and nicely spiced tender beef or mango empanadillas that come with sour cream dips, or the pork belly slices with red cabbage in authentic imported tortillas. I will go back here again and again. They did it right, if I might borrow the phrase from the post-Olympic verdict of London 2012. Well I had to get it in somewhere (who's not still excited?)
I didn't know that Cafe Pacifico is part of a little chain of quality Mexican restaurants in London (La Perla is a sister restaurant) and Amsterdam. I also didn't know that they are the only bar in London to be accredited by some official tequila authority. But then that's not that much of a surprise as I am not a big fan of spirits and have bad memories of a hangover following a tequila party years ago ...
Tasting tequila in a more respectful way has almost convinced me to give the stuff another chance. The margarita was delicious, and I will come back from more when there is time to finish the glass.
We were treated to a selection of snacks from the bar menu. They were all delicious albeit a bit messy to eat. The jalapeno taccos were drenched in cheese and very moreish, and I even triied a piece of belly pork which was served with guacamole and a red coleslaw and eaten wrapped in a soft tortilla.
I am looking forward to an excuse to come back for a full meal soon.
A great, bustling canteen-like place with affordable food, a good atmosphere and - yes people, great tequila to go with it. Perhaps not a place I would go for a quiet, romantic dinner, but for any bustling 'during the week' outings with friends or colleagues it's pretty perfect.
Hier wurden wir von Carlos begrüßt, der schon seit ungefähr 15 Jahren im Geschäft dabei ist. Das Cafe Pacifico ist nich nur auf mexikanines Essen Spezialisiert, sondern schenkt auch viiiiele verschiedene Tequilla-Sorten ein. Darum ging es hier auch: Um Tequilla. Ob pur oder im Margarita-Cocktail - es schmeckte uns! Und heute geht es mir auch gar nicht so schlecht, wie sonst wenn ich einen Tequilla-Abend hinter mir habe ;) Die Qualität der Spirituose, die aus der blauen Agarve gewonnen wird, ist also tatsächlich eine sehr gute gewesen. Darauf pochte Carlos auch: Das dem schlechten Ruf von Tequilla endlich ein Ende gesetzt werden muss!!
Das Restaurant an sich ist sehr rustikal aber gemütlich eingerichtet. Viel Holz, eine offene Küche und recht groß. An der großen Bar stehen zig Tequillaflaschen und das Personal ist bestens drauf.
Ich werde auf jeden Fall wieder kommen!! Das Essen war grandios, die Margharita war köstlich (frischer Limonensaft, besser gehts gar nicht!!) und die Stimmung war super.
In diesem Sinne: Muchas Gracias!!!
I tried the nachos, roast beef and jalpeno quesadilla and tortillas with fresh guacamole. I have been to many Mexican restuarants and I would highly recommend this one. Mexican food should have a kick to it so I loved having jalapenos in everything I tried.
To wash it down I sampled the Margaritas which again where lovely. I have never been a fan of Tequila but Carlos was successful in changing my mind and learning how to drink it properly. His passion for anting customers to enjoy their experience is delightful to see.
I look forward to trying more of the menu and maybe even a shot of the £150 tequila if I win the lottery!
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