This Mexican Restaurant In Chelsea Guac-ed Our World With Tacos And Spicy Margaritas

Published . By Kavita Singh.

When it comes to Mexican restaurants, I’m avo-control. From tacos to tequila and the chance to have many churros, it’s always a winner for me. So when the opportunity came to eat at Mezcalito, I did not hesitate. A venue known for their bottomless taco Tuesdays and mariachi Wednesdays, the Chelsea spot definitely had quite the reputation when it came to fiestas and food.

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The tajin rim adds an extra kick to spicy margs.

We were seated in its garden area, and I couldn't help but admire the hanging sombreros used as lighting, seashell-printed cushions, and floral accents everywhere. There was also a DJ spinning some show-stopping hits such as Enrique to get the Tulum vibes going.

We kicked off with cocktails, and I knew what I wanted immediately – the margarita picante (£14.00). A blend of tequila, lime juice, agave and salsa Valentina, the ruby red tipple came in a stunning aesthetic and topped with a single red pepper and a tajin rim (arguably better than a salt rim IMHO). After polishing off the spicy drink, I needed to change it up and went for the Chiapas (£14.00), and it was a divine dose of caffeine. The creative concoction was a blend of 1800 Tequila Reposado, home-brewed coffee, Kahlua coffee liqueur and a touch of cinnamon syrup – think espresso martini with a Mexican flair.

For starters, my date was keen on getting the Mexican bao (£9.00), which did not disappoint. Inside the pillowy bun was a mix of juicy chicken and zesty chopped veggies. Meanwhile, I was fixated on getting the calamares (£10.50), and let me tell you – the squid game was on point. Spiced to perfection and topped with a bit of sea salt, each bite was crispy with just a hint of lemon. Starters simply wouldn’t be complete without guacamole (£9.75), right? Atop our dip were thinly sliced jalapenos and pico de gallo, which added some texture to the scrumptious creamy dip.

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Take a bao.

Before we knew it, it was taco time. We started with the carnitas (£10.50), which were slow-cooked pulled pork tacos in a paprika glaze. This would be my pick if you’re new to the Mexican food scene as it encompassed a spiciness that was balanced out with a generous amount of guac, coriander, salsa and pickled onions. In addition, we opted for the chorizo and frijoles (£9.75) which were absolutely sublime. A savoury mix of the succulent meat, black beans and queso fresco made for a decadent bite – and do squeeze a bit of lime juice to bring out its fab flavour.

Finally, for the grand finale, we ordered churros rellenos (£6.00). If you haven’t had one before, Mezcalito is the ideal spot for the tasty treat. Warm, toasty and filled to the brim with ooey-gooey chocolate, it had a great crunch and texture to it. A dusting of powdered sugar atop the indulgent dessert also added a little bit of lightness.

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Let's taco about this chic garden.

The DesignMyNight Digest 

With a swish location in Chelsea, Mezcalito is perfect for getting the party started. I would definitely recommend coming here before a night out. From the buzzing soundtrack to the delicious food and cocktails, the place is a winner for your weekend nights out. In terms of the flavours, I was pleasantly surprised to see classic dishes but with innovative touches here and there. That alone gives them a leg up when it comes to Mexican restaurants in London.

  💰 The damage: £125 between two, plus service charge.

  📍  The location: 119 Sydney St, London SW3 6NR

  👌 Perfect for: Weekend dinners, pre-drinks and nights out.

 ⭐ Need to know: Get ready to don a sombrero.

 

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