Founder Fraser Carruthers and Mexican chef Ximena Gayosso Gonzalez are bringing a taste of the Yucatan peninsula to London

Forget about travelling to Tulum because Tulum is coming to you with new Mexican restaurant and tequila bar Ixchel, opening in Chelsea this November. Founded by Fraser Carruthers, Ixchel, named after the Mayan goddess of the moon and textiles, will be all about showcasing the authentic flavours of the Yucatan peninsula. Mexican chef Ximena Gayosso Gonzalez (who’s worked at Brat, Ella Canta and Madera at Treehouse London in the capital and at Dulce Patria in Mexico City) will be in charge of delivering those flavours, with a menu that includes:

  • tuna sashimi with toreada sauce
  • sauteed prawn quesadilla, refried beans, pickled red onions & morita chilli
  • achiote chicken thigh with watercress leaves & chilli sauce
  • pork ribs wrapped in banana leaf with pasilla chilli glaze
  • aged ribeye with chilmole sauce reduction
  • roasted celeriac pastor with charred pineapple, coriander & red onion salad
  • lentil stew with plantain chips

The hidden tequila bar will be stocked with one of the largest collections of agave-based spirits in Europe, so there’ll be plenty of tequila and mezcal cocktails from Bar Manager, Manuel Lema (ex-Cavita and Le Bodega Negra) for you to try.

Opens Weds 22nd November 2023
33 King’s Road, London, SW3 4LX