¿Que pasa? Cinco de Mayo!

Just when you needed some heat, along comes Cinco de Mayo — 5th of May to Anglos — to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and give you an excuse to tuck into some spicy south-of-the-border tucker.  Whether you fancy some affordable Tex-Mex with your mates, a session of sangria, margaritas and tequila shots, or something more culinarily refined, we’ve got what you’re looking for right here on toptable.  Arriba, amigos!
The High Chaparral restaurant in Greenwich is one of the Tex-Mex, bring-all-your-mates kind of places that’s perfect for meals with family or friends.  The south-of-the-border decor is a hoot and the menu promises to ‘shoot the cooks and hang the waitresses’ if they’re not up to standard.
Top diner rated Viva La Vida in Edmonton has the right spirit, including every kind of Mexican and Mexish influence it fancies to create a menu and party atmosphere that everybody loves, and it keeps the doors open until two so you can salsa the night away.  You might fancy the seriously good chilli — it’s won lots of rave reviews from diners.
It’s over-25’s only at Sally B’s Bar & Grill in Hoddesdon, though the pitchers of sublime cocktails will have you behaving like a youngster whatever your age.  The menu at this top diner rated restaurant and bar covers both Mexican faves like fajitas and steaks, burgers and ribs.  Sally B’s is a stag and hen favourite.
At the rather more bijou Robin Hood Zorro restaurant in Hammersmith near Ravenscourt Park, you’ll find the emphasis on Mexican cuisine amongst the Anglicised Tex-Mex favourites and burgers.  With live music at the weekends and a tiny £2 BYO corkage charge, Robin Hood Zorro should be on your must-try list.
For those of us who love real, actual Mexican food, a trip to Brighton’s El Mexicano is in order.  Yes, there’s a great central location, friendly waitstaff and an evocative theme to the decor, but really all you need to know are two words: chicken mole.  This authentic dish with chocolate sauce is the real Mexican deal.
Huge burritos and a devilish cocktail list have made El Camion restaurant in Soho a total top performer when it comes to Texican nosh and drinks.  Ned Conran (son of Terence) created a hip and funky space with bags of style for the serving of burritos, tacos and enchiladas, then put the very fun Baja Room bar downstairs.  What else do you need?
Cantina Laredo in Covent Garden is a gourmet Mexican restaurant that shows the world what this complex, inventive, fresh, flavoursome cuisine is really all about.  Start with the guacamole created tableside from entirely fresh ingredients before choosing one of the many authentic dishes from land or sea.  The decor features no longhorn skulls or adobe walls.  Instead, it is a chic, upmarket restaurant, perfect for romance, business or any meal where care and attention to detail enhance your dining experience.
For more of toptable’s excellent Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants, click here and enjoy.  Oh, and happy Cinco de Mayo.