What? The modern Mexican restaurant is the second Breddos to open (you’ll find the first in Clerkenwell) and follows on from makeshift taco shacks in Hackney carparks and residencies at The Player and Soho bar. Now they’ve made it to the centre of London to open up on Kingly Street, complete with basement mezcal and margarita bar.
New? Yes, the new restaurant only opened at the start of this month.
Where? Part of the foodie haven that is Kingly Street and Kingly Court, Breddos Tacos can be found on 26 Kingly Street, Carnaby, Soho, W1B, 5QD, www.breddostacos.com
On the Menu: Inspiration for the menu comes from their recent trip through the Yuctan, Oaxaca and Mexico City and includes the likes of artichoke mole with shishito peppers, bone marrow nachos with dripping bread and hand-cut fideo with parlourde clams, whilst for pudding you might find the likes of tres leches ice crema taco with chocolate fudge, peanuts and crushed tortillas or a churros ice cream sandwich.
The Look: Double the size of the original this restaurant has space for 84 taco fans, although it is still quite snug, but that’s nothing new for Soho restaurants. Bright, bold, geometric shapes and straight lines are dotted with ferns and succulents whilst seating is made up from banquettes, counter and bar seats and a sharing table. Hidden behind a door, a neon-lit staircase leads the way to the darker mezcal and margarita basement bar.
What We Ate: We started with crab and bone marrow nachos given a hit of spice with habanero kosho and a silkiness from cured egg yolk. Tacos come in pairs, you can’t mix and match and they are only a couple of mouthfuls each so you might as well order them all. If all is too much then we highly recommend the baja fish tacos with lime mayo and pico de gallo (a Mexican salsa) and the crispy fried masa chicken with habanero and more pico de gallo. There’s an excellent lemon sole in the larger dishes and to finish a churros ice cream sandwich. The dough was a little undercooked in the middle so it didn’t have that lightness to it, but it was sugary, sweet and carby and brilliant with ice-cream.
What We Drank: Congelada (that’s frozen margaritas to you and me) and plenty of them. Fans of mezcal need to try the Cadavor made from mezcal, triple sec, lillet blanc, lime and absinthe or if you want something fruitier try the Nomade. Made from passion fruit, lime, agave, triple sec and tequila, it’s a good introduction to the spirit if you’ve not had tequila before or a good welcome back if you normally associate it with paint-stripperesque shots.
Go With: Currently they don’t take reservations, so it’s ideal for when you’ve been having after work drinks and need something after before you head on out or tackle the night tube.
Final Word: At the start of next year they’ll be launching a breakfast menu, so you can get your taco fix before work as well as breakfast quesadillas and cinnamon churro French toast.
Breddos Tacos: 26 Kingly Street, Carnaby, Soho, W1B, 5QD