Mexican Monday is a popular one in our household – in fact, it’s often Mexican Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday… etc etc. Tacos, quasedillas, chilli, nachos, you name it, we just love Mexican food. You’ll see us regularly putting our own spin on classic dishes over on my instagram. So when I saw Shakti Kitchen post on their feed about their own brand new Mexican Monday, launching as lockdown restrictions were slowly starting to be eased up, I couldn’t wait to try it. Served for now from a small kitchen in Cowley, this is the exact kind of small business that I hope we’ll see go from strength to strength, despite this strange situation we all find ourselves in, with the support of Oxford’s vegan community.
For £12 you get the ‘fully loaded burrito’, a perfectly wrapped warm tortilla filled with finely chopped roasted veggies, potato, spicy black beans and coriander rice. To make it a full meal, the burrito comes with a delicious salad box, made up with fresh kale and spinach, with a zingy tomato and red onion salsa, creamy guacamole, and a homemade cashew sour cream. This is the kind of food I used to head straight towards when I was attending food festivals. Wholefood ingredients, fresh and vibrant, nourishing, but most importantly tasty.
To top off the salad, if you dare, ask for the super spicy homemade salsa macha. I’d cycled home with my salad in my bag so mine had got pretty evenly tossed through the greens. I have to say it was possibly the spiciest thing I’ve ever eaten. Not for the fainthearted, so you could always try it on the side of your salad and see what you think before mixing it through, but it does add an extra element of warming flavour to the box.
I felt this meal was just perfect for a warm summers day. Despite what you might expect, the burrito wasn’t too heavy (especially when I compare it to some of the greasier fast-food alternatives you could pick up in the city centre), and the salad made it a lovely and fresh balanced meal.
Shakti Kitchen have only been running their Monday pop-up for a couple of weeks, but so far they’ve been selling out, so I’d recommend dropping them a message sooner rather than later if you want to place an order. Or have you tried this meal deal already? Let me know what you think in the comments!
This meal was complimentary; all thoughts shared are my honest opinions of the food.