2016 will be the year of the taco, promised the food trend experts back in January, and let’s face it, it’s been a pretty good year for Mexican food in London. This summer saw the arrival of Peyotito in Notting Hill, Cielo Blanco on Exmouth Market, and the superb (but sadly short-lived) Santo Remedio in Shoreditch. Things are set to get even better this winter with not one, not two, but THREE taquerias opening in London. Here’s the lowdown…
Breddos Taqueria – They’ve been a star of the street food scene for years and now the Breddos Tacos team are opening their first permanent restaurant in Clerkenwell. Set to launch at the end of November, the restaurant will serve their famous tacos, as well as modern Mexican dishes like crunchy nut sweetbreads, sea urchin tostadas, and mutton barbacoa. Diners can create their own playlist by choosing from a selection of vintage vinyl while knocking back craft beer, mezcal cocktails and agua frescas. Follow them on twitter for news of their soft launch.
El Pastór – Sam and Eddie Hart (of Quo Vadis and Barrafina fame) are set to open El Pastór next to Borough Market this December. They’re also bringing on board Crispin Somerville, who ran Mexico City nightclub El Colmillo with Sam Hart in the 1990s and 2000s. El Pastór is inspired by the bold flavours and vibrant taquerias they enjoyed during their time in Mexico. The restaurant’s signature taco will be the Al Pastor – pork which is marinated in dried chillies, spices, achiote, and orange juice, and then cooked on the upright ‘trompo’ grill. Their corn tortillas will be made in-house every day, along with their salsas. There will be meat, fish and veg taco options, plus other snacks like seafood tostadas and chargrilled esquites.
Corazón – This Soho taqueria is the brainchild of Laura Sheffield, who has spent the last ten years working in London restaurants like Fischer’s and The Riding House Café. Opening on November 25th, it promises Mexican comfort food with tacos taking a starring role. Homemade tortillas will be stuffed with fillings like carne asada, chorizo verde, and 12-hour slow roast lamb. Head chef Paul Daniel and his team will also be serving ceviche, salads, pozole rojo (a traditional pork stew), and ‘torta ahogada’, which they describe as a drowned sandwich of pork carnitas and salsa. On the drinks front, diners can look forward to Mexican and American beers, Margaritas, and agave and rum based cocktails.
Hungry for more? Chef Neil Rankin is opening Temper in Soho this month, a celebration of ‘live fire cooking, tacos and wine’. Expect rare breed meats and tortillas made in-house using heritage corn.
If you can’t wait until then, here are three of our favourite ways to eat tacos in London:
- The legendary 18 hour smoked beef taco with chipotle mayo, crispy shallots and chimichurri at HotBox.
- Beer-battered fish tacos with basil and pineapple Margaritas at Cielo Blanco.
- Atole fried chicken tacos with serrano yuzu mayo at Molé Taco Bar in Marylebone.
Where is your favourite place to eat tacos? Let us know in the comments.