LONDON | The founder of Wrapchic, Mahesh Raikar, started out with a simple desire – to modernise Indian food for fast-paced cities. To make his curries more accessible, he lent from the mega food kings, the Mexicans, and stuffed his delicious spicy dishes into burritos, adding salsa and guacamole to fully embrace the fusion of foods. The City Lane was invited down to try out their Indian Burritos in Fitzrovia, giving us the opportunity to feast on some intensely flavoured fast food.
The setup of the shop is just like any classic Mexican burrito stall. Choose your style – either the burrito, wrap, bowl or nachos before deciding on your fillings, extras and sides. I opted for their original burrito with mutton madrasi (a South Indian spiced meat with a thick and spicy chettinad sauce). I was feeling up for a feast so added black beans, jalapenos, mango chutney, guacamole and salsa. I didn’t know how the combination of Mexican and Indian would work together but am of the mantra ‘go hard or go home’ so added went all in.
The mutton madrasi filling was a massive win. The spices complimented each other well while the meat was clearly of a great quality (something hard to come by in many London takeaway food shops). The burrito style made eating the massive meal much easier and less fussy than a basic curry, however, the Indian portion of the meal dominated the dish. The Mexican flavours were overpowered by the curry filling. It was delicious, yet a bit disappointing. Part of me would prefer it to be 100% Indian in flavour and design, wrapping the curry up in some sort of delicious garlic naan instead of a tortilla.
My colleague and I were very greedy, so also went for a side of spicy chicken wings which were a big thumbs up. They were juicy and incredibly spicy – these aren’t for the mild chilly fans out there. But the surprise hero of the whole experience must be their mango lassies. They tasted as if they’d been freshly made just for us. Whenever I though the spice from the burrito and wings was going to throw me into the horrid food sweats, the lassie would save me.
You won’t be short on quantity or quality at Wrapchic. Mexican and Indian food are the two most likely cuisines to leave you in a food coma, and when combined just make things more intense. The Indian components may outshine the Mexican, but if you go in expecting more curry than burrito, you’ll be in for a great lunchtime feast or easy takeaway dinner.
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