Mexican food is often associated with casual dining. Street food stalls and chains like Wahaca have popularised the cuisine more recently, but it’s not often that you can find somewhere that does both enchiladas and evening-wear.
However, this has changed in the last few years, with stylish Mexican eateries cropping up all over Soho and some even spilling over into Mayfair. We have rounded up some of our favourites for you to taco look at. Sorry.
Stylish Mexican eateries have been cropping up all over Soho and some even spilling over into Mayfair.
6-7A Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1
The look: Exposed brick walls and industrial fittings merge beautifully in this long space, where communal tables are the norm. The statement lighting adds to the contemporary feel, and the overall atmosphere is buzzing and colourful.
The food: Corn tortillas are made daily in-house, with the tacos truly being their speciality. The restaurant is named after the Mexican classic, Al Pastór, which is also their signature dish – a 24-hour marinated pork shoulder, which comes with caramelised pineapple.
Don’t miss: The Short Rib. Its soft meat slides off the bone – add roasted bone marrow to really complete the experience.
One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J
The look: The theme here is ‘magical realism’ and the decor delivers. Pink walls, fantastical wooden screens and succulents are the order of the day and combined with the mid-century modern furniture, the interiors almost feel like if Frida Kahlo decorated a funky seventies lounge.
The food: Chef Martha Ortiz, a Mexican native, is a proud proponent of her country’s traditional fare. Her love of fantasy and magic strongly influence not only the substance of the food but the style, with the menu divided into Overtures, Main Acts and Final Curtains. Seafood features heavily and there is no shortage of inventive vegetarian dishes, too.
Don’t miss: Try the traditional Michoacán style pork carnitas with Arbol Chile salsa, you won’t regret it.
26 Kingly Street, Soho, W1B
The look: This is the most intimate venue on the list and one that has remained true to its roots. Breddos started life as a makeshift taco shack in a car park in Hackney and has gone through many iterations before finding its home in Clerkenwell and once again in Soho. The narrow space pairs wooden floors with colourful walls and tables for two - ideal for date night.
The food: As you can probably guess from the name, tacos reign supreme. The menu is slight but refined and split into the aforementioned tacos, which come in pairs, and larger dishes such as sea bass a la talla.
Don’t miss: Of the tacos, the Puebla style lamb shoulder Arabes salsa Blanco in a flour tortilla is a winner.
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