Beach days just beg for authentic tacos, especially on National Taco Day. Tel Aviv is filled with bustling cafes, restaurants and falafel stands, but there seems to be a shortage of Mexican and Asian foods. This is where Taqueria comes in; a Mexican restaurant in the heart of Tel Aviv.
When you walk into Taqueria you are welcomed with the aroma of fresh food and bright, brilliant colors everywhere. Their napkin dispensers made me smile; each was clad with a unique Mexican-inspired image or decorative text. This one was on our table, and it was my favorite; a simple black and white image of a saguaro that reminded me of home.
Nachos have been hard to find here in Tel Aviv; usually they just come as chips and salsa. Anyone from my home town will tell you that chips and salsa are surely no substitute for the wonder of real nachos; fresh cheese melted on corn tortilla chips, topped with an array of delicacies including, but not limited to, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, salsa, cilantro, and green onions. Taqueria’s nachos did not disappoint; they had all of the above and they were absolutely indulgent.
But what I really came for was either fish or carne asada tacos. The Pescado Frito (fish) Tacos were the first to catch my eye; beer-battered cod accompanied by fresh guacamole, salsa verde, mexican tartare, cilantro and cabbage. When you order tacos at Taqueria you have your choice of either corn or flour, so I chose corn tortillas.
These were perfected with a spritz of lime and a bit of Taqueria’s smoky salsa. The fish was beautifully moist and flavorful and the guacamole was bright and fresh, a creamy compliment to the crispy fried fish.
My friend Julia ordered the Camarones (shrimp) Tacos. Two tortillas filled with adobo-marinated shrimp, guacamole, chipotle aioli, spring onions, and lettuce, these tacos were light and satisfying.
My other friend ordered the Carnitas tacos. These tacos sound superb; slowly cooked pork shoulder with adobo, pineapple, pico de gallo, jalapenos and Taqueria’s super spicy salsa roja.
Julia and I traded so that we could each have one fish and one shrimp taco. These tacos were so delicious, and they were a pure taste of home. Finding authentic Mexican food so far from Mexico is surprising, but Taqueria does a good job of combining unique flavors with genuine ingredients. Our overall favorite taco was the Pescado Frito; you just can’t beat an awesome crispy fish taco.
Taqueria Restaurant Information
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Location: Levontin 28, 65116 Tel Aviv, Israel
Pricing: Nachos 36 NIS; Tacos 28 NIS; Burritos 38 NIS
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