What: Cantina Del 74
In a nutshell: Mexican food, tacos and margaritas in London Fields.
Summing it all up: After only a few months in Clapton, rising taco star Del 74 is taking on a second home in Mare Street. There are new items on the menu, like Botana de Brisket and Mexican Shrimp Cocktail, and the exciting addition of frozen margaritas…
We’ve only recently become enamoured of Clapton’s fabulous new taqueria Del 74, but they’ve just announced they’ll be opening ANOTHER one, this time in a new venue on Mare Street.
Cantina Del 74 @ Helgis will have all the usual tacos, like their authentic cochinita pibil, and their fish tacos, but more than two-thirds of the menu is expected to consist of new creations.
As to what those new additions are?
- Botana De Brisket - a ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ beef brisket served with tortilla chips
- Chicken Thigh Tacos - made with 24hr marinated chicken thighs with refreshing cucumber salsa
- Mexican Shrimp cocktail - served in the traditional Acapulco market style
Yes we really do fancy a Mexican shrimp cocktail right now. And talking of things we fancy, there’ll also be the unspeakably exciting addition of frozen margaritas, just in time for London’s sweltering summer (and great news for former fans of Rita's) as well as jugs of less-frozen margarita.
The Cantina will permanently sit in the back of Helgi’s, a Scandinavian cocktail bar on Mare Street that will host the new restaurant. “Icelandic in the front, Mexica in the back - like a bad haircut,” said Del 74.
In practice though, this means “there’ll be a tequila and mezcal offering in the back, and Helgi’s fabulous cocktail selection as well as beers in the front.”
More about Cantina Del 74
Where is it? Helgi’s, 177 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
When does it open? 29 June