Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Burritos on Bishopsgate - Wrap It Up

I've always been a fan of food in tortilla wraps and since trying a proper burrito while on a writing trip to the states a couple of years ago I've been on the hunt for something similar in this country.  My first proper burrito came from a place called Gordito Burrito in Rhode Island, and as sad as it might sound one of the things I miss most about being in America is how easy it is to find an edible burrito.

Jim's nachos @ Gordito Burrito
Good times in Gordito Burrito
(no, that isn't me).

As marvellous as the cosmopolitan cuisine of this country is we don't appear to be able to get our act together when it comes to making a decent burrito - most burritos I've had in the UK have been either poncey miniscule restaurants efforts swamped in gravy, or extortionately priced tough tubes crammed full of god-knows-what at festivals.

I've had some nearly commendable burritos in places like Camden, but when compared to the fat, warm, yielding, fresh and healthy (yes - healthy) burritos I had in America the burritos I've eaten in my home country have been a poor imitation of what this fantastic food should be.  As I'm sure you've gathered by now I adore burritos, so making do with these poor imitators was the culinary equivalent of being a big fan of the Mona Lisa but making do with a biro scribble of an dead rat on the back of a discarded cigarette packet.



Wrap It Up.
When I found a new burrito place opposite Liverpool Street station (on Bishopsgate) I knew I owed it to myself to continue my search for a well made burrito.  As soon as I had walked through the door it was clear that I might have found my burrito Shangri-la - the place was light, airy and well lit, the total opposite of the British burrito places I'd been before.  The staff were super friendly and 'shock'; they appear to actually enjoy their jobs!  The guacamole was zesty, the rice was tender, the black beans were tasty and the portions were generous (to say the least).  I was actually a little surprised when the cheery chap behind the till told me how cheap my meal was!

I don't profess to be an expert on every food joint in London town (and I'm sure there are other great burrito places) but I do know enough that I now seem unable to walk past Wrap It Up without popping in to buy something.  Hell; the fact that I'm currently the Mayor of Wrap It Up on Foursquare (despite the fact I only visit London once a week) should give you an idea of the high regard I have for this burrito joint!


Related links

Wrap It Up...
My review of Gordito Burrito...
Photos from my trip to America...