Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve been in search of decent tacos for a long time (the clue is in the title: part 7? That’s a lot of tacos…). And arguably, I found my Taco Mecca when I discovered Orale Taqueria at Hiding in Plain Sight and Best Coast Taqueria at Bar Bra. But these are pop-ups, and while there’s nothing wrong with a pop-up (in fact, there’s often a lot right with them), by definition they’re not open on a regular basis. What’s a girl supposed to do when she needs a taco on a random Sunday evening?
So it was with great enthusiasm that I heard about the opening of Taqueria Tacobar, just off the Overtoom in Oud-West. You can’t make a reservation, so two of us tried our luck and arrived early, while the other two members of our group arrived an hour later once we’d secured a table. While we were waiting, we had to taste-test the margaritas (naturally), of which there were several different varieties on the menu.
Onto the tacos themselves: I tried the (pulled) pork and the fish tacos, both of which came with slices of cabbage and a rather vegetal-tasting salsa – as if it has been made the day before and had slightly fermented. The pork itself was a little lacking in flavour, while the fish had been breaded and fried on one big piece. The corn tortillas themselves were fine, as was the chipotle cream that dressed the tacos.
Despite our mixed feelings about the meal thus far, my friends decided to crash on with dessert and ordered a couple of chocolate brownies to share. One came with a shard of plastic that lodged itself in my friend’s gum. Not cool. We raised the issue with our waiter, who gave us each a free little shot of tequila, but no discount on the bill. And in reality I think other tables were getting the free-tequila treatment too… €37 later, and I am still very much in search of a permanent solution to my taco-fix problem.
Note: For those people who’ve commented on previous taco-related posts, I did finally get around to ordering takeaway from Tomatillo while at the house a friend who lives closer by (they don’t deliver as far as the Spaarndammerbuurt). I was sorely disappointed by their tacos: dry, flavourless and falling to pieces. Looks like I’m just going to have to stick to pop-ups!