So apparently 2016 is the year of the taco. They’re everywhere. And they’re bloody good.
Mole Taco Bar serve up some of London’s best tacos and this week I finally got to stuff myself silly on them. I’ve sampled Mole’s dishes at Taste Of London for the last two years running and after eating lunch in the restaurant this week I can safely say they’re doing it oh so very well. The menu is simple; Small plates, ceviche, Peruvian skewers, tacos, mains, sides and dessert. We went in.
We started with tortilla chips, as everyone should do when dining Mexicana. Avocado, Lime, Sea Salt and Pomegranate are mixed together to make the perfect guacamole and I slathered it on pretty much everything that we were served.
After the tortilla chips we enjoyed the Cheese Empanada served with Ahogada sauce as a little pre taco starter. We probably didn’t need it because of the taco onslaught we were about to experience but it was good.
The tacos come in twos (a bit like the animals on their way to the arc) which is great if you’re sharing. One of each is more than enough and I recommend trying as many as possible because they are simply DIVINE. We tried four, and I’d struggle to put them in order of amazingness because they were all so bloody amazing. We started with Chipotle beef shortrib with sweet potato hay, radish and jalapeno. Sweet potato hay needs to be more of a thing, it is amazing. The meat was juicy to the point that it was dripping off my hand onto my lap – which is always a good sign.
Then we feasted on Cochinita Pibil – pulled pork, micro corriander, pickled onion and avocado. Such a classic taco combo and one that works every single time. This was a particularly yummy version though and the pork was better than most.
After sampling Tacombi’s fish taco in New York and loving it, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give Mole’s a go. The Baja fish taco – pollock fillet tempura, chipotle mayo and jalapeno slaw was visually sensational, crispy, fresh and delicious.
The winner though, was without a doubt the Hoisin duck taco with black habanero and spring onion. It’s confusing as hell because if you close your eyes you’d feel like you were in a (really, really good) Chinese restaurant but it has a Mexican twist. It was next level.
Nothing compared to dessert though. The Dulce De Leche Creme Crûlée blew me away. I wanted to lick the dish clean – there just aren’t enough words in my vocabulary to describe how insane this dessert was. You absolutely must try it yourself…