The newly opened Taco Fanatico might get the prize for the most vibrantly colored tacos in Tokyo. Freshly opened in October 2018, it offers a few new twists on authentic Mexican food, right on the upscale main street of Nakameguro, Tokyo.
While the menu has a generous choice of 15 different appetizers including highly-recommended cheesy Crispy Cheese Gringa — flour tortilla filled with grilled pork, pineapple and cheese — and Queso Fundido — a melted cheese dip for chips — the spotlight undoubtedly goes to its colorful tacos. Taco Fanatico is all about thinking outside the box: expect to find authentic Mexican taste in their hand-made tacos, but be prepared to see your tacos come in yellow, pink or black gluten-free corn tortillas.
Take a seat at the 17-seat counter and watch your tacos made right in front of you in the open kitchen, while you imagine biting into the juicy, tender pork belly or beef tongue, and stimulated by the spices of the refreshing sauces. If you prefer to have a bit of Japan on your taco, make sure to order the tempura shrimp taco with a stylish black charcoal-made tortilla.
Together with the authenticity brought by chef Ricardo Heredia, who studied the essence of Mexican food in both Mexico and the United States, and the creativity showcased by Japanese head chef Takuya Takahashi, Taco Fanatico is where tradition meets novelty.
But with the food comes a ridiculous amount of your favorite Mexican liquor. The taco shop has an impressive collection of more than 100 kinds of tequila. Experimenting for the perfect cocktail that would make the perfect match with the restaurant’s signature tacos, Taco Fanatico has come up with the unique Spicy Bloody Mary made with tequila.
Taco Fanatico is all about thinking outside the box.
This drink — an exciting mix of sour, spicy and salty — takes the essence and freshness of clam juice, tomato, jalapenos, and pepper, while the rim of the glass is sprinkled with lime, salt, togarashi pepper, and Mexican tajin seasoning salt.
Perhaps another evidence of Taco Fanatico’s modern edge is their cashless payment method. Unlike many of the “cash only” hubs in Japan, you can use credit cards, Apple Pay, or even pay with your IC suica/pasmo cards.
Cheers to a new creative addition to the city’s ever-changing dining scene!
Address: Nakameguro Mansion 1F, 1-5-10 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Hours: (Weekdays) 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. / (Weekends and Holidays) 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Average cost: Tacos range from ¥260 to ¥450; appetizers from ¥300 to ¥880; salads are ¥800 and desserts from ¥300 to ¥650. Drinks range from ¥300 (non-alcoholic) to ¥800 (alcoholic).
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