June 21, 2022
Mezcalito – Mexican bar and restaurant in the heart of Islington
Mezcalito – Mexican bar and restaurant has launched its second site in the capital on Newington Green Road in Islington which opened in May, with rave reviews.
On a warm and barmy Friday Summers evening, we arrived just as Mezcalito opened at 6 pm. We were greeted by smiling and friendly staff and asked to choose our table. We opted for one at the back where we could see the entire bar and take in the colourful décor including a wall of comical skulls, and do a little ‘people watching’. The décor was stunnning, fun and very ‘Mexican”, with shades of blue and green, comfy cushions and dark wood tables and chairs, it all added to the authenticity and ambience.
We kicked off with a cocktail each after looking at the ‘Visit Mexico Through Cocktails’ list. You will see there are tequila, mezcal-based cocktails inspired by multiple Mexican holiday destinations, all made with ingredients from each individual region. So of course, it had to be a Margarita which was delicious, cool and refreshing. We were also tempted to try non-alcoholic cocktails and I was surprised to see how many were offered, it was refreshing to see such a great choice of mocktails.
We opted for the ‘Puebla’ which we thought was delicious. So delicious we decided a second was definitely in order! Puebla is a spritz-style drink combining Mezcal produced using agaves grown in Puebla, the fruit flavours are popular in this region. This fabulous cocktail involved Puebla Ojo De Tigre Mezcal Ensamble, Aperol, peach purée and Merchant’s Hart hibiscus tonic. You may spot the word ‘Aperol’ in the list of ingredients but in the non-alcoholic version, they use Crodino which is an Italian non-alcohol bitter. We loved it.
On the food menu, you will find a mix of tacos, quesadillas, burritos and a lot of small plates which are great to share and gives you the opportunity to try a bit of everything. We began our evening with a plate of Jalapeno peppers which were filled with cream cheese, coated in a crispy breadcrumb and accompanied by a tangy chilli lime mayo, we also chose a plate of calamari which we really enjoyed. The Tacos arrived for our main course and were accompanied by a side of puréed black beans. We had one plate each of the Pollo Al Achiote and one Camaron Baja style. Each and every dish was presented beautifully on pretty and unusual dishes and it was great to have little plates that are light and tasty and with a steady flow of cocktails and the background sound of South American music, it created a truly authentic Mexican atmosphere.
Mezcalito offers a bottomless brunch every Saturday which contains endless frozen margaritas, Prosecco, rosé and Corona for up to an hour and a half and with a live DJ, this is a fun brunch choice. It’s a fantastic venue, perfect with a group of friends, for a couple or for any kind of celebration.
If you are looking for Tequila, tacos and a good party vibe, it’s definitely the place to be!
A: 63 Newington Green Rd, London N1 4QU
T: 020 3556 0038
Written by India Morse for Luxuria Lifestyle London and International