After four years in the London street food scene, Breddos is set to open its first permanent taqueria, in Clerkenwell this November — and it looks good. Expect a mash of Mexican-American food: think Austin style tacos, blueberry churro french toast, tlayudas (Mexican pizzas) and, of course, tacos, tostadas and Breddos classics including crunchy nut sweetbreads, masa fried chicken and beef tartare with black pudding mole.
Barrafina is set to try their hand at Mexican food. Opening in November, El Pastór by the Hart brothers will offer a compact selection of tacos – meat, fish and vegetarian – served with a selection of salsas made freshly and daily in-house. Refreshments are taken just as seriously with a focus on mezcal (served neat with orange slices), tequila, sangria, Mexican beers, micheladas and margaritas. Olé!!
A late night taqueria is set to hit Hackney Road. Taking over the Golden Grill and backed by London’s industry greats (Hawksmoor/Edition Hotel/Notting Hill Arts Club/Happiness Forgets), the first floor will be dedicated to simple but excellent tacos: think homemade corn tortillas with top-quality meat and fish cooked on charcoal. Refreshments are ice-cold beers, home made sodas and, of course, a range of tequilas and mezcals – available dangerously by the carafe. Downstairs, will be an American sports bar, Bad Sports, plastered in vintage American sports memorabilia.
Americano taqueria, Corazón, is set to open in Soho (dangerously close to UJHQ), by Laura Sheffield, a native Texan via New York City, with an impressive CV (previous work stints include Fischer’s and The Riding House Café). But, it’s the weekend brunch we’re really excited about: from breakfast tacos including huevos benedict (ham hock hash, caramelised onions, eggs and green chilli hollandaise), to divorced eggs (a messy mixture of fried eggs, crispy corn tortillas and salsas rojo and verde) and buttermilk blue corn pancakes served with caramelised bananas, toasted pecans and cajeta. We’ll have them all.
Peruvian-inspired restaurant, Pachamama has launched six lunchtime tacos. Think duck & rice tacos with confit duck, spicy rice, charred corn, green lettuce, blackened cod tacos, with blackened cod, black beans, guacamole, red onions and ceviche, with crispy fried seabass, sweet potato, radish, salsa criolla.
Top 5: Taquerias
Because a good taco is the cure for everything