Shimo-Kitazawa: Mexican
Tepito (Shimo-Kitazawa: Mexican)
Open 6-10pm (LO). Closed Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu.

Without a doubt one of Tokyo's best Mexican restaurants, the festively decorated Tepito offers a wide menu of regional dishes and Mexican standards prepared south-of-the-border style. Mexican wines start at Y1800 per carafe, or you can choose from over one hundred kinds of tequila, many of them available in tasting flights.

On a recent visit we enjoyed starters of surprisingly piquant stuffed rellenos peppers, along with crunchy quesidillas topped with dollops of fresh, very tasty guacamole. Our jaded palates were appeased by the novel flavors of our Yucatan-style pork and cactus salad, although the salad would have been even better without the unnecessary smoked salmon.

We were also quite happy with our waiter's tequila recommendations, and we look forward to engaging in further research in this area. Budget around Y4000 for dinner with drinks. Note that at the moment they're open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.

Setagaya-ku, Kitazawa 3-19-9.
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