Jason Allen 25/10/21
Hidden Dalston bar Ruby’s has been reinvented as a new local gem.
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.
Corrochio’s has taken over the whole of the old Ruby’s space – it’s just as intimate as it used to be, and has retained 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. Next door (on the right as you come down the stairs) is the Cantina, a late-night bar and club which is open on Fridays and Saturdays, with DJs on the decks.
Whatever day of the week you find yourself visiting, you should always start off with a bite in the Cocina. A lot of the recipes being whipped up in the kitchen are passed down from Daniel’s own mother, and you can tuck into 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 whisky and mixes it up with corn liqueur and some of that rich mole sauce.
Ironically, it’s not a whisky choice.
NOTE: Corrochio’s Cocina & Coctelería is open for dinner & drinks Wed-Sat. 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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76 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XB
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