Benito’s Hat has a colourful and vibrant interior with an orange and green theme. These fresh and striking colours are reflected in the food. There’s a funky mural on the back wall towards the bar area of the restaurant. All these elements set the theme of a relaxed eatery.
The restaurant is made up of a long communal high wooden table with many high chairs. There are also seats against the wall with scattered cushions and some window seats, if you fancy watching the world go by.
At the counter, there is the vast array of rainbow coloured fillings to choose from. These include rice, beans, chicken, pork, salad items, sauces and garnishes. The food is all fresh and locally produced where possible.
A vegetable burrito makes for a filling and satisfying meal. The fillings that I chose for my vegetable burrito were refried beans, cilantro lime rice, grilled vegetables, guacamole and salad. The vegetables were a good mix of peppers, courgettes and chayote.
There are a choice of sauces depending on how spicy you would like your meal. Or for something mild, there is always the option of sour cream. The other choice of fillings are grilled chicken, tender chicken thighs, grilled steak, braised pork and some seasonal specials.
I’m always surprised at how much is packed into a burrito and also how the staff manage to wrap it all up into a neat tight roll. The burrito was served with some lovely fresh tortilla chips.
Benito’s Hat does fantastic tasting burritos but if you fancy something slightly lighter, then they also have smaller tacos, homemade soup and salads. The salad is basically all the fillings and toppings, without the tortilla wrap.
The staff are extremely friendly and gave us lovely service. We were definitely given service with a smile. All throughout the meal, the staff came to see if everything was ok and if we needed anything else. They also made sure that the dining area remained clean and tidy by clearing up the tables straight away.
Even though the burrito was extremely filling, after a while, we decided to share a dessert. The bunuelos were crispy cinnamon tortilla strips and vanilla ice cream. It was served in a martini glass. A lovely dessert, not too heavy, and it hit the spot just right.
Benito’s Hat has some interesting drinks on offer. One of them was the horchata which was a sweet milk based drink. The drink that I preferred was the hibiscus one. It had the strong purple colour like blackcurrant but its taste and flavour is a lot softer.
Benito’s Hat does great quality fresh tasting Mexican food. All the elements of Benito’s Hat are just right, from the food, the atmosphere, the drinks to the service and staff.
Benito’s Hat, 19 New Row, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4LARating: