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Mexican, Contemporary, Latin, Street Food, Central American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
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Reviewed 1 July 2022 via mobile

Fresh, chunky guac. The pico de gallo was more oniony than I expected but still very good. We all ordered different tacos- fish, carnitas, el pastor, beef- with the plan of sharing, but my carnitas tacos were so good that I didn’t. The house Hibiscus...Margarita had an interesting salty and bitter rim. The servers were friendly. Service was slow. We spent an hour and a half there for chips and tacos. Recommend the outdoor seating.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 19 June 2022

If you like Tacos et Micheladas...this is the place to be ! Warm welcome...friendly service...good food, good drinks....the attention to detail from the Owner combined to the beautiful smile of the Nepalese waitress makes the whole meal a very nice experience... :)))

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 23 February 2022 via mobile

This has been one of my favorite restaurants in Helsinki, however it has changed. The menu is the same but the Mexican soul is gone from the food and drinks. The old staff has been replaced by young Finnish people and it shows. The bartender...who used to shake your margarita with ice has been replaced by a young woman who pours margaritas production-style from a pitcher (it tastes like a mix, and not cold). I'm hoping this is temporary because El Rey was unique and very Mexican (not Tex-Mex).More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 7 February 2022

The food was okey but not worth its price. Atmosphere was noisy and the restaurant had a strong smell of burning grease.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 7 July 2021 via mobile

I had the Hibiscus Margarita, Fish tacos, carnitas and the meat. Margarita was excellent, served by a very friendly gentleman whom put his full attention and effort into the drink. Fish tacos are also top notch, nicely fried fish with a white sauce and carrot/cabbage...slaw. The carnitas are decent, nothing special but not bad either, could use a bit more flavor and spice in the marinade. The beef is not that good, its one thick slice of meat on melted cheese, hard to chew and eat and not super tasty. However, the execution, drink and the fish tacos are that good that it still ends with a 4/5. Been there a couple of times and will go again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 12 June 2021

Me and my friend had a late lunch here, quacamole as appetizer, and both their most sold fish tacos "pescado taceados". With these prices (!) you would have expected at least fresh coriander and chili on them! Also instead of serving 3 small cups of...different spicy level of dips for them, would be nicer to ask from client which one each prefers and bring that to each one..More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 28 February 2021

Outstanding! Friday evening, without reservations (waited at the front door as they opened, lucky that they had a cancelation) Use their app to book a reservation, and use your QR code at the table to access their menu if you do not want a traditional...menu. The waitress had started working their recently and had to refer to the manager for 1 out 30 questions (an off menu children menu dish). Otherwise she knew the menu and food by memory, she spoke perfect Finnish, English and Spanish, as did everyone there. Chef was perfect! Bartender made our drinks with special requests spot on. We ordered a children menu item, and their taster menu, 5- course menu -wow! We also ordered some side menu items. The attention to detail on the food is as beauty as the interior design of the restaurant. The whole experience is a little expensive, but the amount of food, taste and service is beyond the value. I would have liked to see a small servicing of their take on rice and beans served with all the main courses, and/or as well as a small salad... wish the place was open sooner during the days, after work for their homemade guacamole, beans and salsa and chips for happy-hour would be fun.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 28 February 2021

We came and there was not seat available so we got to seat at the bar. We ordered Tacos (Carnitas), tacos de Nopal, Margaritas (traditional) The bartender was nice, the waiters polite and the food was almost as good as in Mexico. We were positively...surprise, the location in Annankatu is small but highly recommended if you want to taste real Mexican foodMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 4 November 2020 via mobile

We visited this place on the Friday.. the waitress was miserable but the food was great although very slow ! We were impressed, so we came back for a last meal just the two of us before leaving 😁 Utterly poor decision !! The miserable...waitress had escalated from grumpy to angry and the food was total garbage!! I had to ask three times for chilli to spice up the pathetic lack lustre excuse for food they served us, the prawns were so over cooked that I could have used one to amputate my own hand had I known how badly I would regret eating the next several miserable courses !! The whole place stank of dirty oil and nasty fried food!! Which was mirrored by the disgusting taste of the fish tacos!! It was around here that we started to get annoyed with the terrible service and began to stack our used crockery and put it on the adjacent table rather than wait in front of dirty dishes for the arrogant lemon sucking miserable, disagreeable excuse for a waitress to wander over at her leisure and serve our next course of culinarily disrespected and utterly despicable filth. I’m even boring myself but I’m hanging in just long enough to explain that the beef brisket tacos were cooked for ten minutes not ten hours. Utterly inedible and just sinew and fat ! In short what T terrible terrible terrible attitude couple with the tasting menu from hell ! It is almost inconceivable that they got it so right three days earlier ( except the waitress, who’s miserable demeanour still makes me angry) I can only assume that they are either a. Underpaid and hate their jobs and the boss wasn’t there or they are just stunningly inadequate at their jobs and it was just a “ perfect storm” of ineptitude vs incompetence! FYI cocktails and the barman are both absolutely epic 🍸More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 5 August 2020 via mobile

Great tacos and even better margaritas, the house hibiscus margarita is worth the detour. End the day with the churros and you had a great meal

Date of visit: August 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4