Tucked away in the heart of bustling Portobello Road, amidst the trendy boutiques and ‘oh so cool’ café’s, you’ll find this gem of a restaurant, Peyotito, offering modern Mexican cuisine.
Arriving a little late for our noon booking, my guest and I were a little disconcerted at the rather empty restaurant, although it did mean that our food arrived promptly and we had the full attention of our waiter.
Menus were proffered as soon as we were seated and we picked our choices from the Rapido Lunch menu, which is served from Monday-Friday and charges a very reasonable £15 for two courses or £19 for three courses.
For drinks, we both had the signature Peyotito Margarita (£11), a fiery take on the traditional cocktail with peppery flakes around the rim of the glass, which somehow lent a slightly sweet flavour to the tart aperitif.
Our menu choices began to arrive in quick succession, our choice, we arrived ravenous!
Between us, we ordered five dishes from the starter and main sections, don’t judge! I love avocado so it was a no brainer to go for the Guacamole starter. The chunky pieces of avocado went down a treat with the thin toast it was served with.
We also ordered the Tacos De Barbacoa (braised lamb and salsa) Tacos De Res (Braised beef, serrano chile and salsa verde in baby gem lettuce), Tacos Al Pastor (grilled chicken, homemade adobo, pineapple with a white bean puree). Each mouthful was bursting with flavour with each dish obviously very well thought through and the ingredients complementing each other beautifully.
We hopefully ordered dessert, Churros for me and cheesecake for my guest, although we went halves. Now, I said hopefully as sometimes, after a lovely meal the dessert, can rather ironically, leave a bad taste, but we need not have worried. Dipping the stick of churros into the warm melted chocolate and taking a bite, the taste was simply heaven! The cheesecake too was a treat, not too sweet and tempered with the right amount of crunch in the biscuit base.
Leaving the restaurant, I was again flummoxed by the tranquil solitude of the restaurant, having eaten my way through one of the best meals I’ve had in a very long time.
A meal for two will be about £60.
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It’s National Tequila Day (I know, right?!) on 24 July 2017, and Peyotito is offering a special Taco Taquiza and Tequila pairing menu where guests can enjoy three signature tacos alongside a Sangrita Tequila flight throughout July. Visit their website for further details and many other offers.