Restaurant: Molé Taco Bar
Where is it: Picton Place, a stone’s throw from Bond Street Tube.
Opened: July 2015.
The concept: Think Wahaca’s big sister – the menu at Molé is an exciting (and mouth-watering) mix of ‘modern Mexican’ sharing plates (80% of which are gluten-free) and zesty, tequila-laced cocktails. The interiors are a chic blend of quirky Frida Khalo murals, exposed brickwork and bespoke fabrics by Matthew Williamson.
Who to take: Your Mexican-loving girlfriend who knows her chipotle from her sriracha. The menu is pretty adventurous and not for the faint-hearted.
We tried: Although the menu does have a couple of main courses, Molé’s hero dishes are without a doubt its sharing plates – think Baby Squid with Black Ash Salt and Serrano Cream, Seabass Ceviche with Sweet Potato and Plantain, Chipotle Beef Short Rib Tacos with Radish and Jalapeno, and Baja Fish Tacos, complete with Cod Cheek Tempura and Chipotle Mayo.
Don’t forget to order: The guacamole – quite possibly the best I have ever tasted and a steal at £5 for a generous portion. I’d be pretty happy to go back and just have a couple of cocktails and a portion of this!
What to drink: Rum and tequila fans will be in their element. We gave our full marks to the super-kitsch, neon-hued ‘Frida & Diego’ – tequila, ginger, rose, cucumber and lime. The wine list – although well-priced – is on the small side.
The best thing about it was: The location. Perfect for meeting the girls post-work or to revive flagging shoppers on their way home from Selfridges.
Inside Scoop: Our waiter told us there are (not-so-secret) plans in the pipeline to build a take-out burrito bar downstairs.