Convenience - 5 / 10
Benito's Hat is very much on the boundary line of the Soho eatery map. On a pleasant day the stroll north through the teaming crowds on Regent Street is more than bearable, however in stormier weather it could feel like you were venturing to the depths of Central America and back to get your Mexican food fix.
Quantity - 6 / 10
The salad itself was a decent weight and I had high hopes as I unpacked the spoils of my lunch time excursion. Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, a good deal of the offering was made up of lettuce leaves. There was however, just enough guac, rice, and tortilla chips to leave me satisfied for the majority of the afternoon.
Quality - 5 / 10
Reminded me a lot of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United team of this season. There were star players everywhere you looked (avocado, fresh salsa, pico de gallo) but somehow the whole was not as great as the sum of its parts. All the ingredients were there, but they needed some spark, some passion (some seasoning) to ignite them. The occasional burst of lime juice threatened to do this, but it was scarcely and unevenly distributed. More of that, and maybe a kick of chilli, might have helped elevate this dish above mid-table.
Nutritional value - 8 / 10
Full disclosure: I am not the target demographic for this meal. I would normally steer clear of anything on a menu containing either of the words 'vegetable' or 'salad', let alone both of them in sequence. Yet, after a hedonistic weekend of wrecking my body with booze and fast food I felt I needed to replace some lost nutrients. In that respect the salad certainly delivered. Fresh peppers, tomatoes and courgette ensured I probably consumed at least of 3 of my 5-a-day in one sitting. Mum would be proud.