Norway Nacho Review - Misson Taco, Oslo

Sometimes you find good nachos in the most unusual of places. 

Which is basically what this blog is about. When I first started writing these reviews, any type of nachos in the UK seemed somewhat exotic. However, as the cult of nacho has spread across the planet, it's more and more common to see nachos over here on this side of the pond. 

What's unusual, however, is to run into good nachos in Scandinavia. Norway, in particular. 

But that's exactly what I stumbled onto when I found Mission Taco in Oslo, Norway. 

The picture isn't the best - I don't have a flash on my ancient phone - but I just wanted to highlight a couple of signs of good nachos. 

First of all - they put the sour cream on with one of those fancy squirty bottles. Notice how it's not all clumped up together, soaking into the chips and causing a loss of nacho structural integrity? And secondly - again hard to tell because of the pic - but that's homemade pico de gallo there on the top. 

So before I even had a bit, these nachos were in the win camp. 

The chips were fairly solid as well. The only sub-performer on this plate was the cheese. Wasn't quite sure what it was - cheddar? Monterrey Jack? Maybe? However, the cheese didn't distract from the overall nacho experience. 

Mission Taco also has burritos and quesadillas as well, but I never ventured into that part of the menu - because my further burrito needs were met by a hipster Norwegian Taco Truck parked out by the pier (review coming soon). 

UK Nacho Review - Hamilton's, Edinburgh

Had the opportunity to stop by Hamilton's Bar in Edinburgh for a quick repast of their version of the Texas classic, nachos. 

There were a couple of issues which threw this particular nacho tasting off, first of all, I was going to be dining later on in the evening, so I didn't want to have too many. Secondly, the nachos had chicken on them, which is a problem, since as you might know from my other nacho reviews, I'm a vegetarian. 

However, in the interest of gastronomic adventures, I boldly pressed onwards. 

The nachos themselves represented a healthy portion, with plenty of fixings, including homemade guacamole and salsa on top. The cheese adequately covered the chips to beyond the required minimum and my dining companions reported that the chicken topping was adequate. One added bonus was that the jalepenos were extra spicy and hot. I ate a couple raw and had to quickly quench the fire on my tongue with some of the local craft ale. 

Overall, the nachos were solid and tasty, but nothing extraordinary. It's hard to put a finger exactly on what kept this plate of TexMex goodness from standing out, but even my dining companions seemed to agree. However, if you're in Stockbridge, Edinburgh and in need of a quick fix of nachos, you could do a lot worse than Hamilton's. 

 

UK Nacho Review - Bailie Bar, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

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The other night I had the pleasure of dining at The Bailie Bar in Stockbridge, Edinburgh! It was after a tough football/soccer match, so I was pretty ravished. I'm happy to report that the vegetarian nachos at the Bailie Bar fit the bill nicely. 

The nachos were dispersed on the plate in an even fashion,with most of the chips being in whole pieces, although there were a few crumbles here and there. Normally I dismiss most beans served with UK nachos, but the vegetarian chili on the nachos at Baile's was actually quite tasty. 

The cheese was equally distributed amongst the chips and the sour cream and guacamole weren't overpowering.  In addition, the cheese was a tasty white type, rather than the bland orange mush usually served with UK Nachos. A few jalepenos and a slight sprig of cilantro (coriander) completed the scene.

The only thumbs down was the lack of additional salsa for covering the few naked chips.  

Stockbridge nachos at Bailie's gets a thumbs up from this ex-pat Texan. 

UK Nacho Review - The Auld Hoose

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Arthur's Seat is the name given to towering slab of volcanic rock that dominates the Edinburgh skyline. Similarly, the nachos at The Auld Hoose certainly dominate your table when you first see them and, unfortunately also like Arthur's Seat, they hold a hardened volcanic core from which no taste can escape. First, the good - lots of guacamole (not fresh, however), and plenty, I mean PLENTY, of nachos. the Auld Hoose is a heavy-metal, student friendly pub that's located near the University of Edinburgh. This plate of nachos is geared towards students looking to soak up their beer and not expatriate Texans looking for a taste of home.

The problem arises when you get past the first layer of toppings - there's nothing underneath, so you're basically digging through a pile of dry tortilla chips. The other major issue with the Auld Hoose nachos is the structural integrity. Sure, it looks like an impressive pile of nachos, and it is, but once you start digging into the structure it starts wriggling like the Tay Bridge in 1879.

The other problem are the beans - or peas shall we say. Although I know that black eyed peas are technically beans.....technically they shouldn't be anywhere near nachos. And I like black eyed peas.

Overall, Auld Hoose nachos are good if you're looking for a mountain of chips to fill your gullet, but not if you're looking for nacho authenticity. Go for the beer, not the nachos.