Tokyo's Best Burrito: Las Dos Caras
Las Dos CarasCuisine: Mexican
My love affair with burritos began at a young age. It was the perfect after-school snack to fuel bike rides and Street Fighter II marathons at the local arcade. During adolescence it blossomed, moving on from the classic bean and cheese to more exotic selections like the California burrito: a mouth watering steak burrito, with French fries, fresh salsa, guacamole and, of course, never-ending cheese. At university it matured into a permanent staple of my diet. I had moved on from taquerias—local taco and burrito shops—to its mobile counterpart, the taco truck. It was at these glorious establishments where I received nourishment, sometimes doubling my meal into two because of the sheer volume of burrito.
So where am I at now? Long gone are the days of five-dollar bricks wrapped in aluminum foil. Like most relationships, I’ve developed a dependency on this comfort food that I’ve carried with me throughout my life. Luckily for me, and us, this is Tokyo, where almost any gastronomical concoction can be found, albeit at a price.
In recent year,s, Mexican food has been steadily gaining popularity in Japan. For someone deeply familiar with Mexican food, burritos specifically, picking the wrong establishment can be an expensive learning curve. That’s why I’ve done the legwork for you. Here’s a list of some of Tokyo’s best burritos so you can enjoy a delicious Mexican meal at a reasonable price.
Las Dos Caras
Nestled down an alley and sandwiched between a Gindaco Takoyaki shop and an IQOS Japan store, is Las Dos Caras. A few steps away from exit 3 of Meiji-Jingumae Station, this modern two-story Mexican restaurant has one of the best weekend lunch specials in Tokyo. For ¥1,500 you get an appetizer, salad, main dish, dessert and your choice of coffee or herbal tea. They offer a beef burrito that gets an “A” for presentation but is rather mediocre flavor-wise. Instead, opt for the chicken fajitas and make your own mini-burritos. They usually bring them over sizzling and set them on fire in front of you for added fun. If you order the guacamole and chips for ¥950, the dish is made in front of you to order, and to your tastes. Las Dos Caras is large and busy on the weekends, with one of the best deals in town.