Street food focus: Luardos

Street food focus: Luardos

What?
The beef burrito.

Where?
You can find Luardos’ Citroen H van parked at two different London locations, depending on the time and day, plus it also runs a pub residency (also in the capital).

How much?
£6.

The menu says:
“Toasted 12” tortilla filled with beef, rice, black beans, tomato salsa, sour cream, lettuce, cheese and fresh coriander.”

The hype says:
Yelp: “Without a doubt, the best burritos in London”; Time Out: “Luardos’ burritos are stuffed with flavour”; TripAdvisor: “Like a taste explosion”.

We say:
(At least) one step on from your bog-standard burrito, London’s Luardos serves them up with a twist (in preparation as well as construction). Its chicken variety is prepared with garlic and bay leaves, the pork with fennel and orange; but the option that drove Time Out to proclaim this truck to be the 11th best vendor in the capital – the beef – is cooked up in spicy chipotle.

As I make my way to the front of the reassuringly lengthy queue, I’m about to ask how much the large is when I realise that £6 actually gets you the full 12”s. Indeed, the menu is devastatingly simple, with just the three above options, plus a vegetarian one, being available in either the one wrap size or a naked format.

The patently ultra-patient preparational approach that has been afforded to the beef really pays off, as it manages to be satisfyingly moist while still coming apart under just the right amount of interrogation. And the quantity more than matches the quality, as the near flood of fillings makes it extremely easy to spill the beans – as well as the chipotle and guacamole, which are essential additions at just 50p each, ensuring that London’s ongoing wrap battle is being ruled by a new ‘Biggie’.

Should you believe the hype?
Not just a decent value for money option, these burritos are juan in a million before you even consider the price point. Make no mistake, Luardos is the number one place to go in the capital if you feel the irresistible urge for some casual Mex.