This week’s “5 Of” brings us the Spiciest Mexican Restaurants in London.
Mexican food is so much more than tacos and street food and these eateries give you a true flavour all that Mexico has to offer. As well as wonderful dishes these restaurants offer beers and cocktails so you should be wary, as they say “1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, floor!”
La Bodega Negra – http://labodeganegra.com/ – @BodegaNegra
La Bodega Negra has long been the Mexican of choice for the trendy bohemians, the Soho location and the way that it has embraced and become a part of London’s seedy streets has made it all the more attractive. Let’s not take away from the food, the menu is neat and tidy here with standout dishes including pork belly, slow roasted lamb and soft shell crab tacos. The cocktail range is extremely varied but are predictably not disappointedly, weighted towards high quality tequila.
Cantina Laredo – http://www.cantinalaredo.co.uk/ – @cantinalaredo
Nestled on the edge of Covent Garden Cantina Laredo brings us modern, sophisticated Mexican food. Boasting excellent dishes including ceviches, lamb cutlets and churros this modern take on Mexican classics does not mean any loss of flavour. The traditional tacos, enchiladas, flautas, empanadas and quesadillas all make an appearance. Cocktails add an additional attraction.
Lupita – http://www.lupita.co.uk/ – @LupitaUK
Lupita is hidden in the sliver between Charing Cross station that leads to Embankment Tube. This little gem offers Mexican staple dishes and the chefs pride themselves on the authenticity of their tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and enchiladas to salads, soups and totopos (corn chips). Great for sharing and pre or post drinks eats. As with most of the restaurants on this list tequila based cocktails are the preferred choice.
Mestizo – http://london.mestizomx.com/ – @mestizomx
Mestizo is a Hampstead Road based restaurant with a real party vibe. The house special, molcajete Mestizo – a sharing dish of beef or chicken (or both) served in a volcanic stone bowl with cheese, chorizo, grilled spring onions, coriander, avocado, chipotle chili and tortillas is a standout winner. The cocktail list benefits from all that tequila, with tequila sours, various margaritas, a tequila sunrise and a tejito all on offer. Mestizo also runs a Tamales Festival from January 26 to February 2, where you can sample 12 authentic tamales recipes from Mexico.
Peyote – https://peyoterestaurant.com/ – @Peyotelondon
Mayfair is not known for finger food aside from afternoon teas so this posh take on Mexican is a really turning heads. Oustanding dishes were cactus tostadas (unusual) and lamb chops (beautifully seasoned and cooked). As with all the restaurants on the list, tequila cocktails are in abundance and not to be taken lightly.
Enjoy and eat sensibly