Being greeted by friendly staff, sitting down at the bar and drinking a margarita, is an excellent way to start the evening at a Mexican restaurant. But Mestizo isn’t just looking for inspiration from the other side of the Atlantic.

Inaugurated 4 years ago, it’s been a pioneer in bringing high-quality Mexican style to London, moving well away from that same old Tex Mex. As well as the caprice of the kitchen, the restaurant is inviting, cool and modern. The impressive bar, with a selection of 130 brands of tequila, invites you to taste something different. Try the Cazadores: Bianco (light and crisp), Reposado (which spends two months in new barrels) and Añejo (oak-aged for a year).

A good place to start the meal is the Mixed Antojitos Platter, a combination of Quesadillas, Jaladas (deliciously
spicy!), Tamal and the famous Flautas, crispy-fried rolled tortilla flutes. For a main course, we tackled the house speciality, the Molcajete Mestizo, a traditional stone mortar overflowing with beef, chicken or vegetable with cheese, avocado and chorizo.

As well as taking pride in their menu, Mestizo promote events and gastronomy festivals like the one taking place in September, which will take traditional Mexican dishes to 10 different regions – all prepared with care by people who know their national food well, and are proud of what’s in the name of their restaurant: the meeting of Europe with Latin America.

3 course meal from £17 to £32 per person plus drinks. Bottle of house wine £13.50. Do not miss the Sunday Brunch all you can eat buffet for £19.99 pp.


103 Hampstead Rd, NW1 3EL
Warren Street
020 7387 4064

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