Tacos are taking over the capital, with a swathe of new places offering the traditional Mexican dish to hungry gastronomes. Here are six new places to try them
Words Hannah Hopkins
After four years at the forefront of the street food scene, the team behind Breddos Tacos open their first permanent site in Clerkenwell. Set in a restaurant inspired by roadside taquerias and extensive travels throughout Mexico and America, you can experience tacos in breakfast form, alongside the likes of blueberry churro french toast. Yum.
Opened by the Hart brothers (of Barrafina and Quo Vadis fame), El Pastór boasts its own tortilla factory, producing freshly baked corn tortillas, made from scratch, twice daily. Take your pick from meat, fish and veggie options – best combined with punchy salsa and mezcal-heavy cocktails.
Mexico meets Texas at Corazón, opening soon in Soho. Ideal for a post-shopping stop-off the weekend brunch includes mouth-watering dishes like breakfast tacos with ham hock hash and divorced eggs (crispy corn tortillas, fried eggs and salsa rojo). Plus, it comes from native Texan Laura Sheffield – previously of Fischer’s and The Riding House Cafe – so you know it’s gonna be good.
For a lunchtime treat try Pachamama, the Peruvian-inspired restaurant in Marylebone, who’ve launched a fun and inventive take on the traditional Mexican snack. Six new tacos (we love the sound of the Blackened Cod offering with black beans and Ceviche) are priced between £5.50 and £7 and will be available at lunch only (Tuesday to Friday, 12-3pm).
Once you sample DF/Mexico’s battered cod taco with red slaw and chipotle mayo you’ll be hooked. Best enjoyed with a bottomless Agua Fresca or Frozen Margarita, this fun and affordable Mexican restaurant is ideal for groups.
And if you’re after a late-night snack….
Paradise Tacos, a trendy-after hours taqueria over the Golden Grill on Hackney Road is backed by London’s industry greats- think Hawksmoor and the Edition Hotel – and makes homemade corn tortillas with top-quality meat and fish cooked on charcoal.