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Taking Orders: Santo Remedio Mexican Cafe

by Abbie Schofield
Taking Orders: Santo Remedio Mexican Cafe
Santo Remedio Mexican Cafe

Abbie Schofield samples the Mexican hotspot’s new brunch menu

Where is it?

Around the corner from Old Street station, in good company with Hoxton’s trendy restaurants and bars.

What's all the fuss about?

Husband and wife Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes opened Mexican restaurant Santo Remedio in London Bridge a few years ago to high praise, followed by a second site in Shoreditch last year. The latter has just launched a new weekend brunch menu with the option for bottomless drinks — think free-flowing margaritas, beer or cava alongside your tacos.

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What's the place like?

You can’t miss it, as the exterior is painted a joyful bright blue. Inside, tropical décor pays homage to the cafés of Mexico City with leafy plants, rattan hanging lights and vibrant patterned wallpaper.

What did you eat and drink? 

While we didn’t opt for bottomless drinks, we did enjoy a cocktail (or three!), and the smoky yet sweet peach mezcalita was particularly spectacular.

 

For food, we started with the salsas de la casa and totopos, house-made salsas with blue and yellow tortilla chips to dip. The grilled vegetable tostada with charred carrots and courgettes was beautifully presented, drizzled with pipian verde (green mole), while the indulgent chorizo and caramelised onion quesadilla was oozing with manchego.

 

From the new brunch menu, we ordered the chilaquiles verdes, which felt quite similar to the totopos we had to start, but with extra pizazz: a tortilla base with salsa verde topped with a fried egg, black beans and feta.

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Your verdict?

Tasty food and a fun vibe, without being as hectic as most bottomless brunch venues.

Lasting memory

That peach mezcalita – unreal!

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