El Pastor Soho might be the fifth in the line of Pastor joints, but it looks like it takes the throne as the new flagship.
It comes to us courtesy of the Harts Group, who have their fingers in a lot of other pies (and by ‘pies’ we mean ‘Michelin Starred restaurants like Barrafina‘) but this place is special in the hearts of the Harts, as the founders spent a decade running a cult nightclub in Mexico City before diving into the London resto scene. And this is a recreation of that time, nightclub and all.
It’s in the old Hix site on Brewer Street, which they’ve redressed in the faded grandeur of an old hotel, complete with glittering chandeliers, burnt pink walls, and long ceiling fans lazily turning above brass-rimmed tables. Below that, there’s the aforementioned subterranean nightclub, which strikes a considerably darker, moodier & more energetic tone.
On the menu, they’re playing the hits in the form of their tacos (all wrapped in fresh tortillas, made daily at their Bermondsey site using heirloom Mexican corn) so you can expect some soft-shelled crab, or the pork & caramelised pineapple Al Pastor – it’s such a classic they named the restaurant group after it. A couple of things that are unique to the venue however, include the huge, crispy duck sharing plate. It’s spiced with charred habanero salsa, and comes with a radish & chilli salad, aromatic duck salt, and as many tortillas as you need.
Heading downstairs, you’ll be immediately hit with the intensely smokey aroma of mezcal – they’ve got dozens of varieties, including their house-made ‘EP Batch 2’, distilled over cocoa nibs, which they claim imparts a feeling of “frivolous euphoria”. There are plenty of cocktails too of course (try the fiery tequila/ginger combo Diabolo Rojo), as well as flavour-packed michelada-style beers, and half a dozen margaritas packed with left-field ingredients like avocado & marmalade.
It makes for an interesting spread.
NOTE: El Pastor Soho is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking at their website right HERE.
El Pastor Soho | 66-70 Brewer St, W1F 9UP
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