MEXICAN RESTAURANTS

From street food stalls slinging incredible tacos to totally plant-based menus, these are the best spots to get Mexican food (and plenty of margs too) in London. OLÉ.

Santo Remedio, run by by husband and wife team Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes, is one of the best Mexican restaurants in town. They’re famous for their grasshopper-topped guacamole but everything on the menu is legit great, especially the soft shell crab tacos, the beef short rib with mole negro and the churros. Club Mexicana has brought vegan Mexican grub to the masses inside KERB Seven Dials and at their first proper restaurant in Kingly Court. The restaurant, inspired by the street-side joints in LA and Mexico City, features a range of plant-based tacos, small plates and some Club Mexicana classics including the beer-battered Tofish tacos, BBQ short ‘rib’ tacos, and corn & black bean salad with jalapeno lime dressing.

Mexican chef Santiago Lastra, who worked at Rene Redzepi’s Noma Mexico pop-up in 2017 and has cooked at the Tate Modern finally opened his debut solo restaurant Kol in London in 2020, after a more than a year of looking for a location. Kol is broadly Mexican, drawing influence from across the country as well as making use of British produce too.

SANTO REMEDIO

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152 Tooley St, London SE1 2TU, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 5:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:30 – 10:30 PM
  • Thursday: 5:30 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:30 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Run by husband and wife team Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes, Santo Remedio is one of the best Mexican restaurants in town. They’re famous for their grasshopper-topped guacamole but everything on the menu is legit great, especially the soft shell crab tacos, the beef short rib with mole negro and the churros. They shake up a great marg here too and if you want to get your weekend off to a flying start, their bottomless brunch featuring free-flowing said margs, is the way to do it.

EL PASTOR

££
7A Stoney St, London SE1 9AA, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM

It’s fair to say that when the Hart brothers, the pair behind Barrafina and Quo Vadis, announced that they were to open a new Mexican restaurant called El Pastor, people got just a little bit excited. Not only are they top restaurateurs but Sam Hart actually lived in Mexico City for many years, operating a cult nightclub El Colmillo, so he certainly knows a thing or two about tacos. El Pastor is under the railway tracks in Borough Market, a long thin room with high tables and a bar at the front, and a small dining room and kitchen at the back. Whilst you should start with some guac with chicharron and the tuna tostadas, tacos are the main focus on the menu and you don’t want to miss the namesake al pastor, the baja and the epic sharing short rib served on the bone and with a bowl of fresh tacos to roll up your own. BOOM.

SONORA TAQUERIA

13-23 Westgate St, London E8 3RL, UK

After starting life as Pollo Feliz and specialising in grilled chicken, before pivoting into a tortilla delivery service during the 2020 lockdown, Michelle Salazar and Sam Napier rebranded their Netil Market stall to Sonora Taqueria and refocused the offering to Northern Mexican food. The result is chicharron, beef barbacoa, and nopales tacos and burritos plus quesadillas, all made using their absolutely epic handmade flour tortillas. There’s always a queue for this spot and with good reason.

BREDDOS

82 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DB, United Kingdom

Breddos slings some of the best tacos in London – tuck into classics like masa fried chicken, baja fish and braised beef shin & short rib, with plenty of Breddos’ salsas on the side. If you’re feeling hungry, there are mains like carne asada served with tortillas, Mexican green rice and black beans, and plenty of tequila and mezcal to wash it all down with.

CASA PASTOR

Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London N1C 4DQ, UK

Casa Pastor, sister to Borough Market’s El Pastor, serves up a similar Mexican menu – think dishes like cherrystone clams with lime, lamb barbacoa, soft-shell crab tacos and vegan coconut ceviche tostadas as well as a Mexican brekkie menu too. The (covered and heated) outside terrace, Plaza Pastor, has its own menu of tostadas, tortas and rotisserie chicken and an extended tequila and mezcal drinks lists. They also have live music and DJs out there too, making it the perfect place for a fiesta.

TACOS PADRE

The Borough Market Kitchen Padre, Winchester Walk, Jubilee Pl, London SE1 9AG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM, 6:30 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Located in Borough Market, Tacos Padre is the Mexican spot from hot Irish chef Nick Fitzgerald who earned his stripes at Pujol, Mexico City (on the World’s 50 Best don’t ya know). The stall serves some of the best tacos in London, including beef short rib suadero with morita salsa, cauliflower al pastor with salsa macha and lamb barbacoa with gauc, alongside homemade bottled sauces, local beers and mezcal margs.

KOL

9 Seymour St, London W1H 7BA, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Mexican chef Santiago Lastra, who worked at Rene Redzepi’s Noma Mexico pop-up in 2017 and has cooked at the Tate Modern finally opened his debut solo restaurant Kol in London in 2020, after a more than a year of looking for a location. Kol is broadly Mexican, drawing influence from across the country as well as making use of British produce too with dishes like langoustine tacos with sea buckthorn, kohlrabi ceviche, lamb leg totasta cured in gooseberries with walnut oil, and tamal with corn husk ice cream. You can see some of the work that goes into the food thanks to the open kitchen, complete with tortilla station, right in the middle of the first floor dining room. As well as a biodynamic wine list, Kol also serves up mezcals, tequilas and less well-known Mexican spirits like whisky from Oaxaca, gin from the Yucatan and rum from Puebla in the dedicated mezcaleria on the lower ground floor.

CLUB MEXICANA

Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM

Vegan Mexican? It’s happening at Club Mexicana, which you can find inside KERB Seven Dials and at their first proper restaurant in Kingly Court. The restaurant, inspired by the street-side joints in LA and Mexico City, features an open kitchen so you can see the vegan al paastor spit in all its sizzling glory, as well as a bar where you can sip on margs and palomas on tap, pickle juice-spiked Micheladas and Mexican beers. The menu features a range of plant-based tacos, small plates and some Club Mexicana classics including the beer-battered Tofish tacos, BBQ short ‘rib’ tacos, and corn & black bean salad with jalapeno lime dressing. OLE!

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