Santo Remedio, Shoreditch

Santo Remedio business card

There’s plenty of decent Mexican food in our fine city. Ex Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers for one has done plenty for the cuisine with her hit chain Wahaca. Edson Diaz-Fuentes, the ex ‘head of menu innovation’ for that very group, has since gone solo, or duo with his wife, and opened Santo Remedio, a cute and authentic Mexican cocina.

Inside, there’s a small ground floor dining room with white painted brick walls, old wooden tables and flashes of vibrant Mexico (the handpainted tiles on the open kitchen are imported from a small Mexican village) dotted throughout. At the upstairs bar, Margaritas and snacks are served in the evenings.

Santo Remedio inside

A dish that really stands out on the menu (for the right or wrong reasons, I’ll let you be the judge of that) is guacamole with grasshoppers (£7). Sautéed with lime and chilli, the insects added texture to an already superb guac. I thought it was all rather fun – who doesn’t like eating insects?

Santo Remedio guacamole with grasshoppers

Beef Barbacoa tacos (£8.50) and a special of pig ear tacos (£7.50) were full of flavour; the sort you’d be able demolish a few plates of with a nice cold beer.

Santo Remedio beef tacos

Santo Remedio pig ear tacos

From the larger plates, octopus with yerba santa and jalapeño mojo de ajo (£15) was a beautiful looking thing. The octopus (cooked perfectly and not stringy like is often the case) and the accompanying sweet carrots were a match made in cielo.

Santo Remedio octopus

Ox tongue (£11) had a slightly charred flavour from the grill which worked brilliantly with the nutty sauce called pipián rojo. The only weak dish was the chicken wings (£6.50). They were covered in an Oaxacan mole sauce which, although abundant in flavour, was too overpowering. Dried chillis, nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate – the plump and juicy wings didn’t stand a chance.

Santo Remedio ox tongue

Santo Remedio chicken wings

If you go to Santo Remedio and don’t order the churros with dulce de leche (£4.50) then you’re no friend of mine – these crunchy bad boys are a must. It’s the first time I’ve seen churros without chocolate sauce and these prove that you don’t actually need it.

Santo Remedio churros

There’s a lot to love about Santo Remedio – from the surroundings to the service, the whole place feels jolly and lively. And the food is vibrant and zingy – we tried no dull or ‘safe’ dishes. This is the sort of place that will fit right in.

4/5

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We dined as guests of the restaurant.

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