Jason Allen 20/11/21
The word queue is really just a q followed by four silent letters.
Who are, we assume, just patiently waiting their turn.
And you’re liable to find one of them outside Del 74 on any given night, such is the popularity of their raucous blend of tacos, cocktails, and music….
…which would explain why they’ve opened another joint. This one’s set in Dalston, nearby to their (sadly closed) Clapton original, and sporting the same brand of extravagantly kitschy ’70s-led decor. There are, however, a few different things going on with the menu, to whit,
THE NEW STUFF
New dishes include a selection of tortas (Mexican sandwiches) and an array of new tacos, tostadas, and bar snacks such as the new Del 74 tamarind & chile morita ‘bad ass’ chicken wings. Underpinning all of that, there is of course,
THE CLASSIC STUFF
Okay, ‘classic’ might be a strong word for a place that’s been open for two years, but these are the traditional dishes made to recipes handed down from showrunner Enrique’s Mexican Aunt Patty. So we’re running with it. And they include the cochinita pibil, with braised leg of pork, guacamole, and red pickled onions; as well as the mandatory brunch number huevos rancheros, and Del 74’s signature home-made chipotle Chile gluten free corn-bread with salmon & avocado.
To drink, obviously there’s a beyond-decent margarita to be had, but you can also slake your thirst on a pay-as-you-pour mezcal sharing bottle – pre-marked when you get it, they simply measure how much you & your table pour out into your shot glasses, and charge you for what you drink. And remember, you can always ask your bartender…
…if you have any q’s.
NOTE: Del 74 Dalston is open Tuesday-Saturday. You can find out more or make a reservation via their website HERE.
Del 74 Dalston | 129 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
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129 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, East London, E8 2PB
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