Last week Russell and I were invited to Barrio Soho to try scrumptious Mexican food and innovative cocktails off their new menu.
Previously known as Barrio Central, the restaurant relaunched during mid-October following a huge refurbishment project. The newly decorated venue is warm, inviting and rather quirky - I could look at their wallpaper armed with a cocktail all day long - and features a downstairs bar with a very lively atmosphere.
The new menu, created by recently appointed Group Head Chef Ernesto Pavia, offers an array of flavoursome and authentic Mexican dishes which I was surprised to find are very
reasonably priced. The menu comprises an assortment of snacks, small plates, tacos and sharing platters; ideal for enjoying with friends and perfect for the indecisive diner.
My favourite dish/snack of the night was the chicharrones, lightly puffed pork crackling served with a mayo dip, whilst Russell demolished platefuls of lamb chilli tacos topped with sour cream, pickled cucumber, cheddar and cured egg yolk. We both really enjoyed the cactus quesadillas, tortilla packed with Mexican cactus & cheese - and with all the dishes £6 and under you won't feel guilty ordering more.
We came for the food, but we were left feeling impressed by the drinks; featuring globe trotting beers, new world wines and revamped cocktails, we were pretty merry by the end of our meal. The cocktails are rather heavy on the rum and tequila whilst being very easy to drink - you've been warned!
If you're looking for intense flavours, authentic ingredients and a place to let your hair down, Barrio is the restaurant for you.