I’ve been doing this blog for over five years now amassing over 650 reviews and I really do enjoy it. One slight niggle which has been present since the beginning is the notion of “being in the pocket of the restaurant” when writing up a freebie. It really does seem to bug some people.
I was invited to a preview of Breddos Tacos, this being their second site in London, just next to Carnaby Street, and I enjoyed it so much, I went back a few days later, unannounced and on my own dollar.
We have a short wait for a table which, currently, you can only do in their basement bar; a dark and very cool space to sink a few frozen Margaritas. We luck out and get the tiny booth which is probably the best seat in the house – the rest are quite cramped and cosy. The vibes are fun; loud music and lively staff.
We start with tacos, all of which are exciting in the flavour department. Masa fried chicken (£8), Bermondsey Frier (£7) – a sort of British halloumi with squash and sweet potato – and pulled lamb shoulder (£7.50) which comes in a naan bread-like taco. They’re all fab.
But it’s not just about tacos. Yucatan grilled prawns (£8) are worthy of a good head sucking – the fish is of exquisite quality. A gooey cheese concoction, queso fundido (£6), is served with crisp tortillas, pure comfort food. And who doesn’t like gooey cheese?
Lamb neck barbacoa (£14) is a DIY jobby – we’re given a bag of tacos and a giant chunk of meat and the rest is up to us. The fatty lamb falls off the bone while the house salsas keep things fresh and fiery.
On this occasion, the churro ice cream isn’t available for dessert which is a crying shame. If it’s on when you go, definitely order it.
So the Breddos boys (that’s Nud Dudhia in the kitchen and Chris Whitney front of house) have done it again. A fun spot with a real positive energy serving some seriously tasty grub. Is there a third on the way? I bloomin’ hope so.
Would we go back? Yes.