MEXICAN FOOD THE WAY MEXICANS COOK IT!
BY SARA DARLING
I love spicy food, and my heart did a teeny flip when I was invited to the first birthday party at Mestizo Market (adjacent to the established restaurant and tequila bar) on a busy main road near Euston….Little did I know that NW1 is hugely popular with our Hispanic cousins!
A multi-level Mexican restaurant, bar and marketplace, Mestizo Market is a slice of real Mexico, with a huge range of ingredients, sauces, crafts and artworks, shipped in directly from independent sellers and makers in Mexico, along traditional and cultural artefacts, and a healthy dose of Frida Kahlo merch for a total Mexican shopping experience. And tequila. Don't get me started on that!!
Set out in themes, the store celebrates vibrant Mexico, with art, fashion, cookware, pottery and homewares, delightfully displayed in a riot of colour; Even the range of food and drinks are worth a gander in their colourful tins and logos.
Founded by a group of friendly Mexicans who moved to London but couldn’t find food they liked, it seemed the obvious choice to import their much loved larder essentials from Mexico. Beginning life as a restaurant (which was in full service on a balmy Tuesday night) the demand for customers to be able to source the original local ingredients led to the launch of the adjoining grocery store in 2017.
With August being a Margarita month, much tequila was consumed at the birthday party in the private ‘Downstairs’ tequila bar in the basement. but it helped soak up the vegetarian and vegan nibbles which kept on coming...
If you like your food hot, and your tequila authentic, this central London joint is definitely worth a visit. Proper Mexican and not a sniff of Tex Mex in sight! Sauteed cactus anyone?
And with everything from Wheat/ gluten /nut free, lactose intolerant , burritos and brunch on the restaurant menu, who knew eating with special dietary requirements could be some much fun!!!
With one year under its belt there is definitely a market for stocking up on spices, and traditional burritos, tacos and enchiladas to pozole rojo, mole verde and filete arriero.. Just pop a sombrero, poncho and fake moustache in your basket and ole- party at yours!
Check it out for yourself
103 Hampstead Road
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