Article by Sara Darling
If you like experimental Mexican food, and you have a fair few bob to impress your date, head to Peyotito in Notting Hill for some good times, fun times with added tequila!
An unassuming exterior is the gateway to a vibey, intimate main restaurant, where, on a full night you would be sat up close and personal with the folk on the table next door. But as the food is designed for sharing, the atmosphere lends itself to this sociable space. And with the central bar and authentic hipster cocktail waiter, you can imagine that you are in Mexico City, rather than west London.
If you think that Mexican food is just chillies, chimichanga, and nachos. Think again! The menu at Peyotito is thoughtful, tasty (but not overly spiced) and inventive. With relatively few choices, there is no excessive faff to deal with, and the choices of ensaladas, tostadas, masa, ceviche and mole, were made for meat and fish eaters. Veggie options were few and far between but who goes out to dinner and just orders a salad anyway?
The plates are served ad hoc style, with no time wasted between courses- however if you are in need to do something to pass the time, I would recommend a gander at the cocktail list. But be warned they are rather strong! Having consumed three (on a school night!) it certainly made my eating experience more memorable!!! Maybe spurned on by the minimal art work- the neon sign declaring ‘Tequila to wake the living, mescal to wake the dead.’ Which was encouraging to say the least! So, an ‘unmissable’ Peyotito margarita later, and I was ready to dance on the tables!
Knowing what I was letting myself in for by dining with a pescatarian, did limit our options slightly, but what we did get through was impressive! Tacos de pescado are every bit as thrilling, the fish fresh and expertly seared, the salsa singing lustily of green herbs and lime
We swerved the octopus (I’ve never been a fan of tentacles) but opted for scallops, served in an oyster shell on ice, and were zingy with hint of coconut and lime. The pieste resistance for both myself and my dinner mate was the mushroom quesadilla de hongos- a ‘shroom filling oozing with white sauce and cheese stuffed inside a fried tortilla case. This was enough to tantalise the taste buds for both of us, and in retrospect we could have easily managed one (or two) of those each!
Four dishes down- having shared them all of course, we decided we would tackle desert. Of course, we had to try traditional hot churros, which were ginormous!! And came with a super tasty pot of chocolate sauce. If the rest of the meal seemed healthy, this is definitely where we slipped up! But food should be fun, right?
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