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REVIEW: Cantina Laredo, Covent Garden

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WHAT? An upscale, family-owned Covent Garden restaurant capturing the modern Mexican dining experience with an informal sharing menu and plenty of tequila-based cocktails. Think minimal decor and marble counter tops – not a tequila worm nor sombrero in sight.

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The country’s diverse regional cuisines are explored through the likes of ceviche, tacos and frijoles, with an emphasis on super fresh guacamole – which is expertly made at your table.

There are eight variations, of which we tried the spiciest – roasted yellow habaneros are mixed with coriander, roasted shallots and garlic, served with yellow habanero salsa and warm corn tortilla chips. Delicious, but not for the faint hearted, a few scoops took several cocktails to forget.

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Dishes are authentic, but not traditional – think new twists on old classics like aubergine tostadas with green habanero mayonnaise, sweet potato and beetroot skewers and duck tacos with Nutella mole and plums.

Stand-out small dishes include Tacos Dorado (crispy chicken tacos with chile de árbol cream) and sashimi yellowtail with lime aqua chile, a jicama, cucumber and radish.

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Larger dishes are designed to be shared or eaten individually. We loved Guajillo glazed baby back pork ribs with scallions and fried leeks, and jumbo prawns with guajillo achiote butter.

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WHERE? A few minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station, it’s in the heart of central London – perfect for grabbing a bite before a theatre show or resting weary feet after a long days’ sightseeing.

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WHY GO? Perfect for a Friday night dinner, the place has a real buzz, always full of people – just watch the prices; with some larger dishes beginning upwards of £20, they can start to rack up fast.

ANYTHING ELSE? Spice lovers must try the ‘I’m Kinda Hot’ cocktail, a punchy mix of green habanero-infused 1800 Sliver, Cointreau, guava and lime.

DETAILS: reservations@cantinalaredo.co.uk / 02074200630 / 

Amy was a guest of Cantina Laredo

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