It was all the way back in 2013 (I can’t believe that’s six years ago already) that I started my series of posts about searching for tacos in Amsterdam… Over the intervening years, I concluded that the only tacos I really liked came from pop-ups like Orale Taqueria and Best Coast Taqueria. But this was problematic because you could never guarantee a good taco experience when you needed it. So I was thrilled to discover that the folks behind Best Coast opened their own permanent venue in the Bilderdijkpark in West: Flora. It took me a little while to get there (now that I’m an Oost dweller and still inherently lazy) but get there I did last Saturday. And I’m more than glad that I made the trek…
Needless to say, we ordered every variety of taco on the menu. While there were two meaty ones – spicy carnitas (pulled pork) and achiote chicken –
Flora also serves a couple of different quesadillas, so we decided to try them too (the advantage of being in a group). One was filled with kimchi, which was pretty tasty although I’m never totally convinced by the combination of cheese and kimchi. I preferred the other: stuffed with pickled cactus and topped with more cheesy, creamy goodness. All the dishes came with three salsas of varying heat and intensity (I am a huge fan of the smoky pineapple) but honestly with this much flavour going on you really don’t need to add anything extra to the dishes.
Dinner totalled €35 each including a couple of drinks, and kept us going throughout an evening of dancing and drinking at De Nieuwe Anita just down the road. Of course, I felt my age the next morning when my hangover kicked in, but for a moment there it felt just like 2013 again… only with way better tacos.