By Maggie Majstrova
I’m a great fan of Greenwich Market. There’s always something new there and as I’m right in the middle of planning our wedding, it’s a great source of inspiration (read: shut up and take my money!!). It’s one of those places I can just ‘pop’ to over and over again and always see something I’d not seen before.
Especially in regards to food. The newly converted market has two areas dedicated to food: from sushi, to pizza to biltong, whatever you fancy, it’s probably there and it’s well worth trying. I’m still making my way through all the vendors and I’ve lived nearby for a whole year.
Anyway, last weekend, on one of our impromptu strolls of the market, we discovered a newbie – the market is…let’s say…fluid…so the same vendors do sometimes move around, but be that as it may, I can safely say EJ was news, at least to me.
Serving Cubanos sandwiches, tacos and burritos, EJ falls immediately into the category of ‘places I have high hopes for’. The menu is relatively simple (meaning not overwhelming with choices) allowing the owners to focus on doing a few things really well, rather than spreading themselves thin (no pun intended, promise!).
We opted for three corn tacos (£5.50), which allows us a choice of either one of each of the day’s flavours or three of the same. No choice right? We went for one each of bourbon BBQ roast pork, roast chicken tropical salsa and chipotle roast potatoes. And that, my friends, was definitely the right choice.
The bourbon BBQ pork is something absolutely divine, the savoury pork and the sweet bbq bourbon marinade perfectly playing off each other in each mouthful. The roast chicken with its sweet salsa was my favourite though, I must say. My fiancé preferred the veggie option, which is something particularly unusual for him. But for me, it was a bit too…roast dinner in a taco. The salsa and guacamole were clearly homemade though and I could have just had a bowl of those and been happy.
My only minus point would be the actual tacos. Unless my taste buds deceive me, I think our taco trio was on Old El Paso tacos, which don’t get me wrong I’m a big fan of at home, but had hoped for a EJ-made version on my visit to their stall. In saying that, if they’re focusing on fillings first and will come back to the tacos later, I’m all for it!
All in all, a nice little gem in amongst the heavy hitters that are the Greenwich Market Food Stalls.