Five Of The Best Mexican Restaurants For Cinco De Mayo
DF Mexico – Shoreditch/Tottenham Court Road
For proper fast food with quality ingredients (think premium smashed avocado and slow-cooked tacos) in a buzzy, super-modern and laid back setting, DF Mexico ticks all the boxes. Ideal for beers and burritos with the work gang on a Friday night or a boozy meal later on, you pay at the counter (so the bill’s always easy to sort out) and service is super fast (so it’s always too easy to go back up for more drinks – and dessert).
Try: The steak and cheese ‘alambres’ DIY Mexican board or the brand new buttermilk chicken torta (pictured).
La Bodega Negra – Soho
Throwing a ‘Mariachi madness’ party on the 5th with plenty of mezcal, this sultry sex shop/rustic Mexican diner promises plenty of fun. Perfect for a date who loves to dance, who knows where the night will take you after a few hours sipping from the extensive cocktail list in these dark and sexy surroundings.
Try: Oven-baked sea bream hot plate or slow-roasted lamb barbacoa.
Benito’s Hat – multiple locations across London
All through May there’ll be lotteria, quiz nights, masterclasses, culture talks, special cocktails, tamales and more in honour of Cinco De Mayo. ‘The Hat’ will offer all burritos and margaritas for £5 (yep, BOTH for £5), starting from 5pm on the 5th – and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a supper club hosted by @FfuentesCruz at your house for you & your friends, just for turning up.
Try: A slow-braised pork burrito with nachos (and all the trimmings) plus chipotle coleslaw with pomegranate seeds.
Cafe Pacifico – Covent Garden
This cantina-style dancing den has been fuelling Londoners with tequila and tacos since 1982, and bang in the middle of Covent Garden, it’s never quiet for long.You’ll find classic Mexican dishes mixed with fun Tex Mex offerings like confit duck tacos or tempura scallops. On Thursday there’ll be a live Mariachi band from 7.30 and a selection of special dishes.
Try: Curado tequila sea scallops and King prawns with crab and asparagus, and proper chimichangas.
Mestizo – Euston
A short walk from Euston station, Mestizo is slightly hard to find – but walk in and the authentic restaurant is relaxed and friendly, work colleagues and friends mopping up towering, bubbling bowls of meat and cheese with tacos and soft flour tortillas. Downstairs, a HUGE party awaits most nights – and Cinco De Mayo promises to be a big one, with resident and guest DJs, live Mariachi, tacos, beer-chugging contests and a LOT of beer.
Try: It has to be the ‘Molcajete Mestizo’ – the sharing dish the place is famous for – beef and chicken in a volcanic stone bowl with chorizo, cilantro, avocado and lots more.