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V is for Verdita

We love fresh, healthy and vibrant ingredients. That is what Mexican food and drink is all about . . . and maybe a little spice . . . and OK sometimes tequila too.

Well this summer at Benito’s Hat we have made a fantastic fresh super-juice and a knock-out margarita to make the most of all of the above.

A classic way to sip tequila in Mexico is to do so with a chaser of a beautiful green mixture of the freshest produce that the fields of Mexico has to offer. Typically this means coriander, mint, lime, pineapple and sometimes a little heat. We have made our very own version of this to be enjoyed i) as a fresh super-juice, and ii) as a verdita margarita!

For the margarita we have combined all those fresh ingredients, muddled in a tiny piece of habanero chilli, and a generous measure of 100% blue agave tequila, for a drink that packs a delicious punch.

For the agua fresca (fresh juice) we have used the same ingredients but, in place of the tequila, have added some 100% cloudy apple juice for a drink that will cool you down, warm you up, open your eyes wide, and give you a fantastic vitamin boost all in one go.

Lobster Burrito and Fish Taco Time Specials

Since the humble beginnings of Benito’s Hat, Felipe and I have tried to do things a little differently (and of course better). I remain convinced that he is the best Mexican chef in the business. His balsamic pork shoulder, black beans with avocado leaves and tangy salsa verde are without compare. However, the fillings that we serve every day were never going to be enough and we have always been committed to a regular programme of changing specials.

The list of delicious, short-term fillings has included, lamb barbacoa, spicy wild mushroom, and pork belly with crackling and apple salsa to name a few. However, for the first time ever we have decided to launch two specials at once . . . and what’s more . . . we have decided to make one of them lobster burrito.

As far as we can tell, there has never been a lobster burrito sold in the UK and we were determined to make this ground-breaking lobster burrito something to really go down in history. Therefore, it contains not only the lobster and parsley fritters, but also sliced hass avocado, hand-shredded white and red cabbage, black beans, rice, hand-chopped pico de gallo, a lobster and crab reduction and, wait for it, two crispy bacon rashers. It is awesome!

The one disappointment is that, due to the preparation time and effort, we can only serve it the after 5pm (at any Benito’s Hat excluding King’s Cross). We hope that you will come and give it a go as this is not your average burrito.

Not satisfied with launching a lobster, crab, avocado and bacon burrito, we have also created some fantastic fish tacos (you are welcome to have this in burrito or salad format too!). We serve these delicious cod fritters, with hand-shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, chipotle mayonnaise, and a squeeze of lime. No time constraints on this on – it is available all day for your ordering pleasure!

Check what the others say of it on

Free Guac and SEEDuctive Burritos

Super seeds now available at Benito’s and OhMyGuac is back this January!
Just in case you are not satisfied with free guac this January – if you needed a bit more health and deliciousness – we’ve added some super seeds to sprinkle over your burrito.
The health benefits of avocadoes have been much publicised in recent years (packed with over twenty vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and anti-oxidents (of particular note are vitamin B6, Omega-6 oils and potassium); great for your heart, circulation, and your skin – in case you’ve not been listening to the hype!). They have also been part of the Mexican diet for thousands of years with the Aztecs going so far as to name them ‘The Fruit of the Gods’.
They are also a bit on the pricey side so we charge you if you would like our homemade, hass-avocado gauc in your burrito, taco or salad . . . BUT NOT THIS JANUARY!


Need a few more anti-oxidents after the party season?
We know that a lot of people like to focus on the healthier side of things in January so we have added a new topping for you. You can now add a sprinkling of seedy goodness in your burrito with the addition of chia and sunflower seeds.
Chia seeds are another ancient super food from Mexico (the word means ‘strength’ in Mayan). They are a great source of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidents and fibre – more Omega-3s than salmon.

A Crackling Christmas special and some Festive Fajitas

It’s that time of year again where restaurants across the land role out something to celebrate the festive season. We are no different in wanting to get in to the Christmas spirit but have figured you are getting enough turkey elsewhere and so have gone for something a little different this year.

Our Christmas burrito and taco filling is an orange-infused pork belly that comes with crunchy crackling and a cranberry (that was our traditional bit) and sweet chilli salsa.
Check what The Sinsa Mode says about it:

Not happy with just special food . . .

We are also serving rompope! This is Mexico’s version of egg nog and comes laced with a generous pouring of rum.

Still want more . . .

We have teamed up with a wonderful charity this year. The Compass Group operates all over the world to help disadvantaged kids. Their project in Mexico is particularly close to our heart and so 50p of every Crackling pork belly burrito sold will go to supporting their fantastic work. Find out more about their work here:

. . . and finally. Want to celebrate a festive meal with friends during this season? Felipe has finally persuaded me to put fajitas on the menu and you can choose from steak, chicken, veg or prawn versions all served sizzling with Felipe’s delicious blend of seasonings. However, there is a catch.  You can only get them by booking with us 48hours in advance. Click on this link to find out more:

OMG . . Oh My Guac!


January is most definitely Avocado Month at Benito’s Hat.

That means we are celebrating the beautiful and healthy fruit with:

  1. Free guacamole on all burritos, tacos and salads*;
  2. Velvety-smooth avocado margaritas; and
  3. Avocado, agave; and apple juice smoothies (for the non-boozers).

*excludes deliveries and Selfridges

Velvety-smooth avocado margarita for your drinking pleasure

Velvety-smooth avocado margarita for your drinking pleasure

Why avocados?

First and foremost, we love them and we believe that you do too. Free guacamole is our gift to you in January so please enjoy responsibly!

Here are a few awesome, healthy reasons why we love this delicious fruit that you may or may not know:

  1. Lots of vitamins, eg. C, K and B5;
  2. Very high in potassium – higher even than the mighty banana;
  3. Lots of the good fats and none of the bad; and
  4. High in antioxidants which can work against hangovers. Ground avocado leaves are also available exclusively in Benito’s restaurants.
All the way from Puebla, Mexico, avocado leaves. Great for jazzing up your beans!

All the way from Puebla, Mexico, avocado leaves. Great for jazzing up your beans!

Not tried these leaves before? They have an aniseedy flavour, similar to fennel, and are a traditional seasoning in Puebla, Felipe’s home state. We use them in our black beans and they taste awesome.

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