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Santo Remedio – a Holy Remedy in London

June 30, 2019

LifestyleRestaurants & Bars | by Baldwin Ho

You can’t fail to fall in love with a restaurant like Santo Remedio – the words themselves are a popular Mexican expression meaning ‘holy remedy’, and of course there is nothing in life you can’t fix with a hearty, flavoursome meal and all the better when you are offered colourful Mexican cuisine.

What I loved about Santo Remedio is the sheer authenticity of the dishes from the owners’ time living in Mexico City, the Yucatan, and Oaxaca. Whereas other ‘Mexican’ restaurants in London might be heavily influenced by a more ‘American’ interpretation of the cuisine.

Intangible cultural heritage

It was fascinating to read on their menu that the cuisine has been declared an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

Santo Remedio’s use of traditional cooking methods means they are part of the Slow Food movement and when you see ingredients like pasilla and serrano chili peppers and grasshoppers from Mexico, you know how strongly the owners feel about authenticity.

The menu has a refreshingly strong focus on seafood; for starters, we sampled soft shell crab tacos with serrano mayo and cabbage, which admittedly, I have not seen at other Mexican restaurants in London and very impressive sashimi-grade tuna tostadas. The quality of the tuna on offer would outclass most of the Japanese restaurants you might come across on the high street.

Try the grasshoppers

Classic guacamole with freshly smashed avocado is served with blue and white corn tortilla chips although if you are adventurous, you should opt for the version with grasshoppers from Oaxaca.

There was plenty of googling involved when it came to examining the ingredients but surprisingly they were very common items such as the pan-fried hake served in a light guajillo dashi. Guajillo is, in fact, the second most common dried chilli used in Mexican cuisine. The dish was also served with chayote and cactus.

Their vegetarian option was a rather unusual sounding hibiscus-flower enchilada which was served with Chihuahua cheese and Morita.

Endless margaritas

Hibiscus isn’t an ingredient you often see on a menu in the UK but you can imagine it is something you can commonly find in Mexico along with cactus; hence why they appear abundantly on Mexican cuisine menus. Unsurprisingly, they offer cactus slaw on the menu instead of coleslaw.

Do check out their bottomless weekend brunches which include unlimited margaritas, beers, and bubbles.

What you get with Santo Remedio is a homely, colourful environment with no pretension but just top-quality, authentic Mexican cuisine which is accessible for all.

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