Corazon Mexican Restaurant
Since visiting Mexico last year, I have become a little more fussy when it comes to Mexican restaurants in London now I know how good the food can be. Luckily, Corazon lived up to its consistently positive reviews – the food and cocktails were fantastic!
Tucked in on Poland Street, just off of Oxford Street, Corzaon offers diners a great choice of Mexican dishes for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch served ‘on the counter’ or on tables.
A simple menu split into Botanas (snacks), Tostadas, signature Tacos, and larger Platos Mayores (big plates) there are plenty of great dishes to choose from without over complicating things!
From the Botanas section it was a no brainer to start off with Totopos, Guacamole & Salsas with toasted arbol chile salsa, xni pec – they reminded me of being in Mexico – you can just taste how everything is homemade.
These were followed by Carnitas Tacos– slow cooked pork belly & collar, in a marinade of o.j., Mexican oregano, cinnamon & garlic, served with crispy pork skin, pickled jalapeno & salsa verde. I am always slightly worried when ordering pork belly that it will be too fatty but these tacos were absolutely perfect and the highlight of the dinner.
We also had the Barbacoa Tacos – lamb shoulder & liver – rubbed in housemade adobo, wrapped in banana leaf – cooked for 7 hours and served with salsa borracha & lambs lettuce – the salsa was fantastic!
From the large plates we had the Carne Asada Plate marinated, grilled hanger steak, guacamole, grilled spring onions, pickled onions, salsa ranchera, blue corn tortillas – the meat was well cooked and flavoursome and just ask for more tortillas if you need them.
Lastly, on the side we had Amotes – whipped sweet potato, jalapeno mojo, queso fresco and Drunken Black Beans with bacon, booze, crema & coriander, which were both good accompaniments.
If you are looking for a quicker lunch or dinner, Corazon have a fantastic offer for on the counter dining – totopos and 2 salsas and 2 tacos for only £9.50!
As expected, the cocktail menu revolves around Tequilla and Mezcal, the speciality liquors of Mexico. Corazon make their own signature margarita mix from scratch, and every morning they prepare fresh aguas frescas, horchata and sangrita!
One of Corazon’s motto’s is “full belly, happy heart” and that is exactly what I left with. Definitely worth a visit for some fantastic Mexican food, good service and punchy cocktails!
East London Girl: Corazon