Here’s my first International taco review in Dublin Ireland. Upon landing in Dublin one of my first thoughts was “Do you think a country far from Mexico can pull off a taco?”
In the land of leprachuns and Guinness, the answer is yes, there are a few places throughout Dublin for tacos and burritos but they looked like chain restaurants that focused mostly on burritos. Most of the tacos looked like they were very unauthentic. (flour tortillas & cheddar cheese) I was looking for a hole in the wall spot.
After walking along the Temple Bar area and watching a local Irishman throw up in a garbage can Monday morning, I found the place. In a small alleyway I found EL Grito, I popped my head in and found some El Pastor slow cooking, this looked like the place. Also the spot is being run by Spanish and English speaking workers and there’s a true South American feel here from the wonderful decor right down to the hospitality.
What did I have?
Obviously I ordered one al pastor taco as the photos shows, it looked good. I also ordered one barbacoa taco. I say I ordered one of each but you’ll be given an order of 5 tacos each, so that’s ten 10 tacos, I was lucky to have help. Each tortilla is about the size a bar coaster so maybe 3 inches in diameter. An order of one was filling for me. You’ll find three options for sauce here on the table: orange (hot) honestly not too brutal, a green, and a red with chilly flake (mild).
The barbacoa tacos are simply, a pretty decent homemade corn tortilla, generous meat filing topped with diced red onion and lots of caramelized sweet onions. They were fairly good, the barbacoa was a little dry for my liking, any of the sauces and the two limes provided will help.
Now for the Al pastor.
The Al pastor tacos are really the move here. It’s a good cut of meat, they are hot, oily, salty, sweet and with topped caramelized onions you’ll really get a nice sweet/salty combination here with each bite. The meat is also marinated fairly well. Do yourself the favor and order the Al Pastor over the barbacoa. The only thing that I would have liked would have been a better quality tortilla, it was homemade but not entirely fresh.
Now the Irish say “Slainte” which more or less means “to good health.” So Slainte and to good tacos abroad.
- Solid Taco Review Score: 8/10
- Taco Price: €7 for an order of 5 tacos
- Location: Merchants Archway – Temple Bar, Dublin
- Strengths: Authentic Mexican in Ireland
Dublin, Ireland: 4 Merchant’s Arch, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 Y921