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A Morning of Margarita Flights at Corazón, Soho

We’re calling it: bottomless brunch has had its heyday. Watered down cocktails and dodgy Prosecco served by po-faced waitresses fed up with off-duty City boys clicking fingers? We’re over it.

And so is Corazón, a fast and fresh Mexican brunch, lunch and dinner spot in the prime Soho location of Poland Street. For £20 they’re offering a beyond tasty margarita flight, comprising four punchy drinks, removing the pressures (and a**holes) that come with a restaurant full of clientele jacked up on sugar and cheap booze at 11am.

And to soak them up, a plethora of filling brunch dishes. A menu that tempts you to order pretty much everything, it’s best to start with guac and chips to fend off pesky hangovers, while the cocktails are shaken and the rest of the order gets decided on. Feeling decadent? You could start with two Cornish assured rock oysters dressed with clamato, red onion, cucumber, fresh serrano and chile powder (£5) or beef tartare tostadas, topped with bavette steak, egg yolk, roast habanero crema, chopped jalapenos & onions (£6).

We adopted a tapas-style approach, sharing slow-cooked pork belly & collar tacos, in a marinade of orange juice, Mexican oregano, cinnamon & garlic, served with crispy pork skin, pickled jalapeno & salsa verde (£8.50). Baja fish tacos involve beer-battered haddock, red & white pickled cabbage and chipotle mayo for £9.50.

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Those struggling to clear the cobwebs couldn’t do better than the Carne Asada Plate, a heavy skillet stuffed with marinated and grilled hanger steak, guacamole, grilled spring onions, pickled onions and salsa ranchera on a bed of blue corn tortillas (£15). We’d also recommend checking out the drunken black beans, doused with bacon, booze, cream and coriander (£4).

Buttermilk cornmeal pancakes will satisfy any sweet tooth (caramelised bananas, toasted pecans and whipped cream cancel diet plans at £9.50) but those firmly on the wagon might try Laura’s Salad: mixed leaves, jicama, grilled corn, tomato, boiled egg, avocado, tostada, and a housemade spiced ranch cream (£9).

ANYTHING ELSE? Yes, the windows open out onto the pavement, so this is THE place to people watch in summer. The atmosphere is convivial as people roll up their sleeves and get stuck into gloriously messy dishes, and sit up at the bar for a great view of the bartenders doing their thing.

WEBSITE: Corazonlondon.co.uk

DETAILS: 29 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 8QR / T: +44 (0)203 813 1430 / hola@corazonlondon.co.uk

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