Corazón – Mexican Gem in Soho
Had a hard day at work or a little footsore after West End shopping? Wel,l I have found the perfect solution, an excellent Mexican restaurant in Soho, tucked away in Poland Street just off London’s busy Oxford Street, the perfect destination for some tasty tacos and a banging Margarita.
Corazón is an independent restaurant and bar launched in 2016, which is inspired by Mexican and Southern Californian cuisine and offers a wonderfully flavourful menu serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Corazón means ‘heart’ in Spanish. Couple Laura Sheffield and Paul Daniel who met whilst working side by side at Riding House Café in Fitzrovia have followed their heart and their life-long passion and interest in Mexican cuisine, by travelling the breadth of the country gathering inspiration and expertise, resulting in the opening of the charming Mexican restaurant Corazón. Laura has spent many years managing some of the UK’s most celebrated restaurants, including – Corbin & King’s Fischer’s and The Riding House Café, whilst chef Paul has extensive industry experience including Conran Restaurants, 12 years alongside John Torode (Head Chef, of Smiths of Smithfield) and 6 years with Riding House Café.
I was delighted to be asked along to review Corazón and I was pleasantly surprised on a Tuesday evening to discover a buzzing little cantina full of millennials with a good Hispanic contingent, which is always a good sign.
Corazon’s interior is designed by Katy Manolescue of Article Design Studio, it takes inspiration from the ‘faded’ 1930’s architecture of Los Angeles and Mexico City, cool and simple, road trip café style with vintage wallpaper, a long concrete topped bar, hanging lights, rustic parquet flooring, avocado coloured wooden paneling and of course a customary sombrero hat.
The team at Corazon are big on tacos, the tortillas are all homemade and prepared freshly in view of diners in the small open kitchen. At the weekends, Corazón serves an imaginative brunch menu.
We kicked off the evening with a couple of playful Margaritas, I loved my rather pretty bittersweet punchy mix of Pomegranate and Hibiscus Tea, Calle 23 Reposado, with a salt rim. My friend enjoyed a watermelon and mezcal Margarita that had a proper agave kick, which beautifully counterpointed the watermelon.
Totopos – a plate of superbly fresh crispy cooked tortilla with creamy chunky guacamole and toasted arbol chilli salsa.
We were recommended to choose between two and three tacos and tostadas to share. We were eating pescatarian, but there were also plenty of options for meat eaters.
Tostadas Contramar – a large disc of delicious marinated yellowfin fresh tuna, which was enlivened by the chipotle mayo, crispy leeks and soft avocado served on a taco.
Farm to taco – was a wonderful mix of smooth asparagus, broad beans and peas flavoured with a pumpkin seed pesto, fresh mint and a sprinkling of fresh herbs, my favourite.
We also opted for a Platos Mayores (main course)
Laura’s salad – provided an ample plate with a combination of mixed leaves, toasted corn, tomato, boiled egg, avocado, tostada with some deliciously meaty grilled prawns.
….and an irresistible a side of indulgent Mole Fries.
For pudding, we shared a Coconut flan, which is not as it sounds, but more like a crème caramel, it was divinely rich and creamy with a tropical coconut twist.
I’m rather pleased to have discovered this lively hidden gem in Soho, the food is excellent, the service is warm and friendly and they serve a great Margarita….I’ll be back.
29 Poland Street London
Monday: Midday – 9:30 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: Midday – 10:30 pm Friday: Midday – 11 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm