Burritos, wonderful things aren’t they? One of Mexico’s proudest culinary exports which literally means ‘little donkey’ in Spanish was largely popularised after its jump over the border where it was re-invented into what is commonly referred to today as the ‘mission-burrito’.
When we’re talking Burritos there’s only one real franchise that comes to mind and that’s Chipotle, for the average Londoner you’ll be happy to know that they have already brought over their adored franchise across the pond. However, unlike their American fast food counterparts such as Shake Shack and Fat Burger, Chipotle, although being open for a few years in London have decided to forego the Halal meat option (collective sigh). If you’re really craving the unmatched taste of a great burrito and the veggie alternative simply won't satisfy your craving we’ve put together our list of five alternative Halal options to gratify your Chipotle dreams…
Disclaimer: All establishments listed are advertised as serving Halal or partially Halal meat and poultry. Methods of Halal certification may vary from restaurant to restaurant so we advise double checking before purchase.
The first establishment on our list is Barburrito Mexican Eatery. They serve a variety of different styles of Burritos as well as other Mexican favourites including Tacos and Nachos. The Halal options on their menu include the grilled chicken and steak fillings. Their stores are fairly accessible with over 20 locations in the UK with three based in the capital.
2) Wrap It Up
Wrap It Up take a new approach to the classic burrito incorporating different cuisines from across the globe including Indian, Jamaican and Mexican flavours. Sticking true to their name they don’t solely serve burritos and also incorporate other ‘wrapped’ food items including ‘Turkish Shish’, ‘Caribbean Roti’ and ‘Greek Koto’. They provide a completely Halal menu with both meat and chicken options. They have 6 locations in the capital alone including Aldermanbury, Bishopsgate, Cannon St., Goodge St., Harbour Exchange and London Bridge.
Gringos is a recently opened establishment having only opened for business three months ago. If you're looking for a variety of Mexican-inspired fast food, then Gringos is one of the more diverse options as they serve Burritos, Tacos and Salad bowls. The store is easily accessible and only a few minutes walk from the Westfield Shopping centre. All menu items including beef and chicken are Halal.
Address: 122 Uxbridge Road W12 8AA London, United Kingdom
Perhaps the largest chain restaurant on this list, Tortilla restaurants can be found at over 21 locations in London. They serve the classic burrito as well as the Naked Burrito (Salad Bowl) and their menu also lists all the usual sides including Guacamole, Salsa and sour cream. Tortilla only provides Halal chicken in their stores.
5) Bombay Burrito
Bombay Burrito has added a South Asian twist to the burrito. We’re not sure how hardliners would feel about this one but head down to Angel and you can be served curry… in a wrap. It’s an inventive take on the classic burrito and if you’re a fan of something slightly spicier and want a more compact alternative to a curry this just might be your answer. If you heading down to their store keep in mind that they only serve Halal chicken on their menu.
Address: 357 Goswell Road, Angel, Islington, London EC1V 7JL
Author: Muhammad Yousuf Shuwekh