Mexican cuisine hasn’t always been much of a thing this side of the Atlantic. Up until relatively recently, it was something that Texans and Californians got to enjoy, but it didn’t have much of a following here in London Town. Then finally, Wahaca came along and showed that Mexico had a whole lot more to offer than tequila and lime.
Next week, Wahaca is going to invigorate our palates once again. On Thursday, July 24 Distrito Federal (another name for Mexico City) will open at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. Inspired by the Wahaca founders’ (Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby) road trip to the US and Mexico, DF will pay homage to both culinary cultures. We’re certainly looking forward to the Dirty Tortas filled with pork pibil, chile beef, or ancho mushrooms, all served in a toasted brioche bun.
For adventurous diners, or those who like to live outside the lines, there are DIY Mexican boards with Carne con chile, steak and cheese Alambres, and quinoa salad. To drink there will of course be margaritas (could there be anything else), but also Brixton Brewery’s Pale Ale.
So far their website gives nothing away, but their Twitter and Facebook pages already have strong followings. We think it’s because of all the clean, tantalising food shots (like the above). You’ll also get a quick sneak peak and how the space is being transformed. Since it’s being designed by the same people who designed the amazing South Bank container restaurant for Wahaca we have very high hopes for the results.
The 90-seater space will be occupied by DF for 18 months so make sure you try and get in before it 1. gets super popular and 2. disappears.