When I stumbled on the Tacostyle website http://taco-style.com, I was shocked to have visited Okayama City for the last 3 years without knowing about this place. Mexican food is always on my mind, but I guess some places are hard to find.
Tacostyle is a tiny restaurant located on a back street at the junction of route 180 and route 53 a couple of minutes from Okayama station. If you are not looking for it, you won’t find it. Forget walking traffic, the restaurant is almost hidden, something that seem quite common in this country.
Mexican food is not exactly popular in my part of Japan. Tokyo has some kick ass Mexican food places like Frijoles, but I guess the taste for Mexican food has not picked up in the rest of the country or there is not enough foreigners to make it profitable.
Tacostyle is over decorated in the old-fashioned American diner style.
Every available spaces is crammed with posters, old ads and various type of toys.
It’s plain old kitsch fun, yet a very weird place to be serving tex-mex food, you would expect this place to serve hamburgers and hot dogs, not nachos. I got a kick out of it and I am sure Japanese customers must find this place super exotic.
How about the food?
The menu is all in Japanese with no English translation available. The lady who runs the restaurant explained to me the menu very slowly in Japanese, so if you speak a bit of Japanese, you should be fine or just point at the pics. The service at Tacostyle was really good, got that mum and pop kinda diner feel to it!
I ordered the hard taco menu and a plate of nachos. There is 3 level of spiciness and I opted for the spiciest.
The 3 hard tacos came with a cup of soup and a drink. The salsa was actually spicy and the tacos weren’t bad at all.
The nachos were covered in chili con carne and cheese with a small lop of sour cream.The plate looked a bit sad and colorless.
It’s good food, the taste was fine, but the whole thing felt store-bought. I can make better nachos any day of the week at home if I visit an import shop. Might be fine for the Japanese clientele, but I expect more from a restaurant.
The hard taco menu was barely enough to calm my appetite, Tacostyle has typical Japanese style serving portions which means I would walk out hungry if I only ate the lunch menu.
Tacostyle has a really varied menu and I will probably go back to taste the burrito or their rice dishes. If you are dying for Mexican food, Tacostyle is the place for you. Tacostyle left me craving for more(… which is why I actually stopped at an import shop, bought what I needed and I will make my own decadent Mexican food at home).