I’ve been tortured by the lack of great Mexican food in London
for so long. So when my blogger buds decided to meet, tweet and eat at DF / Mexico
I crossed my fingers and prayed to the burrito gods: may this place be something good to taco ’bout. Emma (Bloomzy
), Sara (Hello The Mushroom
) & Jasimmine (Posh, Broke, & Bored
) assured me it’s very decent.
DF / Mexico is located at The Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. Stemming from Masterchef winner and mastermind behind Wahaca’s success Tomasina Miers, I relaxed a bit. If food here is as reliable as it is in her first Mexican chain, I reckon my belly would be perfectly happy.
I am utterly charmed by the lighting fixtures.
There’s drink all you can agua frescas (for JUST £2.30!!!) available in hibiscus, lime & chia, and an all-time favourite Mexican spice washer: horchata! The horchata here is light and refreshing.
The first round of frozen margaritas (£6.75) were laid on the table and, like all responsible bloggers, we all took our snappers out to fulfill our blogging mantra: shoot first, eat/drink later.
I got a good kicking at first sip. Holy guacamole, this baby is strong. Off to a good start then. The raspberry and hibiscus is a winner but the passionfruit one is pretty good, too.
The four of us shared a generous plate of beef nachos (£6.75). Crispy fried tortilla chips topped with an abundance of slow-cooked chilli beef, refried beans, salsa, a bit of guac, cheese and sour cream. All I can say is that I could NOT stop picking on it (even after we’ve finished our mains and the chips have gone cold). Miles better than the last nachos I’ve ordered elsewhere, this made me like nachos again.
Jasimmine ordered the DIY Mexican board with ancho mushrooms (£10.95). My mouth started watering when I smelled the earthy roasted mushrooms and ancho chilli. Topped with sour cream and served with soft flour tortillas, some slaw and corn chips, I made a mental note to order the chilli beef one next time.
Emma & Sara both got bad boy size steak burritos (£9.25 – you can opt for the smaller one for £6.75). Admittedly I thought this was going to be longer and bigger but as I watch my friends rub their bellies in satisfied bliss I think I may have just gone eye-hungry. This, I reckon, is the only type of bad boy your parents would be happy to meet.
My MSC fish tacos (£8.70) were up to par. I was hesitant to order this as I thought it would be similar to the tacos in Wahaca (they’re sisters, after all) but these were the better version. The cod had crunchy panko coating and was nicely moist and flavoursome inside. Crunchy red slaw and chipotle mayo gave it substance but add some of their homemade jalapeño and honey sauce and you’ll have a serious palate party. It’s essentially fish finger tacos, with a bit more pizazz.
I haven’t had esquites in a while so it was great to find it on the menu. This cup of corn (£2.50) wasn’t as creamy as how I would have wanted it but it was awfully delicious and brought such a comforting feeling. It’s like a hug in a cup!
I got some cowgirl beans (£2.50) to be adventurous and I’m surprised I actually liked it. Possibly because it had sufficient chorizo and chipotle flavour to balance the starchy taste of pinto beans.
Now we’ve established that the grub is reliable Mexican fare, let me tell you how much we all enjoyed our Twitter banter with @DFMexicoDiner
. They were so on point and sassy, just the type of ears you need when you’re starting a restaurant. I feel like we’re friends already. It (well, with a cheeky second round of frozen margaritas) made our dining experience enjoyable, although seriously, I’d happily go back for the food. *grouphug*
Icing on the cake? Having enjoyable convos with these lovely ladies all night long. Can’t wait til our next soiree!
DF / Mexico
Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London E1 | +44 20 3617 6639
Ave. spend pp: £15
View the menu on Zomato. Follow them on Twitter.