The original Santo Remedio was only open for a few months in 2016 but it won a fair few fans in that time, particularly from critics and industry-types. So when its sudden closure was announced due to reasons beyond the owners’ control, there was a huge amount of support and, when they were ready to get back on their feet, they smashed through their £40,000 crowdfunding target with ease.
Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes are now back with their new restaurant, located on Tooley Street and much bigger than their previous cramped Shoreditch space. It’s early days and Edson told us on our visit that both the space and menu are due to be developed further but they’re already off to a great start.[URIS id=96601]
The menu consists of several tacos, their famous grasshopper-topped guacamole, and a blackboard of daily specials. Of everything we tried, the specials were probably our favourites – if the soft shell crab tacos and lamb chops don’t make it on to the permanent menu it’d be a crime! The regular tacos were excellent too and very authentic. We went for juicy pork and a slow cooked beef barbecoa, plus the potato flautas, deep fried crispy rolled tacos. Don’t miss the churros for dessert either.
Aside from the food, the main draw here is Edson and his team who are as welcoming as you could hope for. On our Saturday night visit Edson was jumping between the kitchen, checking on tables, saying hello to regulars and even joined us for a margarita. Now that’s how to run a restaurant.
152 Tooley Street, London SE1 2TU