Ruby’s just got a gem next door.
It’s called Corrochio’s Cocina & Coctelería – and just to break that wonderfully alliterative name down, it’s a kitchen and cocktail bar run by one Daniel Corrochio. Originally from Mexico, he spent a great deal of his youth working in restaurants there, before coming here to spend the last five years running the excellent bar at Ruby’s – hence, his skills in both Mexican food and cocktails have been about as finely honed as they can be.
The space he’s set up is squeezed in right next to the main bar at Rubys, although it has its own separate entrance on street level. It’s understandably intimate, and shares the bar’s beautifully postmodern aesthetic of bare brick walls, low lighting, and a lick of orange flame from the candles filling up the open fireplace.
A lot of the recipes being whipped up in the kitchen are passed down from Daniel’s own mother, and you can expect drink-friendly bites like corn ‘sopes’ filled with 8-hour cooked lamb barbacoa; a hearty chicken mole with red rice & pickled onions; and blue corn tacos loaded with either roasted beef & bone marrow with sala verde, cactus, pork pastor, or Huitlacoche (aka Mexican truffle).
The cocktail list is understandably agave-heavy and features, among may others, a Mezcalita which blends its smoky liquor with thick hibiscus caramel & spicy jalapeño syrup, and a Monarca, which takes Mexican whiskey and mixes it up with corn liqueur and some of that rich mole sauce.
And let’s not forget, if you feel the fancy for literally anything else, then one of the best cocktail bars east of the Meridian Line is literally a few feet away from you.
NOTE: Corrochio’s Cocina & Coctelería is open for dinner & drinks Wed-Sun. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Corrochio’s Cocina & Coctelería | 76 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB
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