I hadn't been to Mestizo in about a year but our visit last night made me wish we'd been back sooner. There is a much greater choice of Mexican cuisine in London these days but Mestizo still stands out as one of the most authentic, both in terms of the food on offer and the overall setting, reminiscent of an upscale restaurant in Mexico City. Everything tasted really fresh and full of flavour and each of the dishes distinctively different. I often find with some of the more ‘street’ food places, the menu is merely varations on a theme; the chili is an incredibly complex cooking ingredient and the different varieties offer a huge scope of spiciness and flavour. The house speciality, ‘Molcajete’, (a ground stone bowl crammed with a wonderfully flavoured stew) was impressive and added a sense of drama to the meal. The other main courses were all very good and the vegetarian among us had plenty to choose from. The staff were pleasant and knowledgeable about tequila (there is an extensive menu which is baflling to the novice) and jugs of margarita seemed a popular choice. If you want a more adventurous foray into Mexican food, this is the place to come.
Mestizo, 103 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EL