I got to chat to one of Mestizo’s proprietors and discussed the scarcity of authentic Mexican restaurants in town. He said Mestizo’s been around town for nine years and the secret to their longevity is an offering of authentic Mexican cuisine from the regions. This got me really excited to see what they have in store for us.
Tom Bartram, Biz Dev guru at Speciality Brands, gave us a bit of an education on Mexican drinking culture and agave. Best fact of the night: agave is NOT related to cacti nor aloe vera; agave is a cousin of *drumrolls* good ol’ ASPARAGUS. Yes. One big “Really?!” really!
First drink up was Tapatio Blanco. This was a light tequila – smelt lethal but tasted a bit smoother than expected. Pleasant. Reasonably priced at the £22-25 mark, too.
They served traditional molotes filled with refried beans and pellizcadas topped with cheese, onions and sour cream.
This is a bit more distinct and definitely more mature than the first tequila. It’s earthy, it’s bitter, it’s sweet and it stings your throat with a heat that’s halfway between sexy and geeky. I kinda liked it. It’s serious stuff with a serious price tag: a bottle retails from £80.
All through out dinner the bloggers scribbled notes, posted on social media and snapped away with their cameras. So glad to see people who understand the need to take decent shots of food before forking through a meal! My highlight was hooking up with Tom and Kate who are such great darlings. We had such a good time chatting away at our end of the table that we decided to cap the night off with more food and drinks in Soho. =)