Location: London, United Kingdom
It’s no secret among my close friends and family that I am obsessed with Mexican food. As my rant in my review of Breddos indicates, I just can’t get enough of it. I’m always on the lookout for the best Mexican restaurant. One of my favourite food bloggers recommended Santo Remedio in London Bridge. Other restaurants reviewers have already claimed this place to be the best in London, so I knew I had to give it a go.
The menu is a mix of the chef’s experiences in Mexico City, the Yucatan, and Oaxaca. It’s fun to see the range of flavours available to order.
Botanas are ‘snacks’, like a Mexican apertif. We had the classic guacamole served with blue and white corn tortilla chips. I believe guacamole is a true test of Mexican cuisine because it is so simple, yet so difficult to get right. Santo Remedio’s version did not disappoint.
For our appetisers, we picked two dishes. The first was the classic quesadilla. I usually do not order such a simple dish because quesadillas tend to be quite bland, but this was specifically recommended by a food blogger so I gave it try. It was the BEST quesadilla I’ve ever had. That chihuahua cheese! It is the perfect melting cheese.
The second dish was the soft shell crab tacos. The tempura crab was on point combined with the pickled vegetables.
And finally, it was time for our main plates. We ordered the Hibiscus Flower Enchilada. Like quesadillas, I usually don’t order enchiladas because they typically let me down. But, AGAIN, these were the best enchiladas. The earthy flavour of the morita chilis combined with the tart-sweet flavour of the hibiscus flowers.
I’m a sucker for octopus so of course we also ordered the Octopus Tikin Xik. Tikin Xik is Yucatec Mayan for ‘dry fish’. It’s a particular way of seasoning and preparing fish, and a really great way of doing it! I also added some plantains because who doesn’t love plantains.
My eyes opened wide when I saw that churros were an option for dessert. I’ve only ever had churros from street vendors, so I was thrilled to be trying them at a restaurants. These churros are lightly seasoned with cinnamon sugar and served with glorious cajeta, a Mexican sweet milk caramel-like syrup. Incredibly delicious!
Santo Remedio is full of wonderful surprises. Everything is perfectly prepared and seasoned. This is truly the best Mexican food I’ve had in London, so don’t miss out.