Tortilleria El Pastor | Bermondsey Mexican Restaurant
Tacos usually come in twos.
And if those tacos are good enough, the very restaurant they’re in will eventually develop a partner too.
Such is the case for El Pastor in Borough Market (from the brothers behind Barrafina, no less) whose stellar Mexi-treats gave them the mandate for a second spot; and true to form, they did something interesting. This Bermondsey-based followup is its own tortilleria – or ‘tortilla factory’ – where they make fresh tortillas from scratch every day using Mexican heirloom corn.
The venue looks suitably factory-esque, set in a railway arch with corrugated steel walls slapped with cool, vintage Mexican posters, and supported by a slab of concrete floor. The only clues that you’re in a high-end casual dining establishment come thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the place in light, and the little pieces of art on the plates.
Those corn tacos are, as we mentioned, the freshest in the capital, made a few yards from where you’re sitting, then filled with the likes of 24hr-marinated pork shoulder, caramelised pineapple and guacamole (the namesake Al Pastor); mushrooms with caramelised onion & melted Oaxaca cheese; and some slow-cooked beef short rib.
Not content with merely making their own tacos, they’ve also gone and made their own mezcal; it’s made in collaboration with Mexico City’s famed La Clandestina distillery, and is a strictly small-batch run. And if that’s not cold & slushy enough, then you can hunt down one of their frozen margaritas. Just be careful…
…they blend right in.
NOTE: Tortelleria El Pastor opens on Friday the 13th of April. It’s walk-ins only, and you can find out more at their website right HERE.
Tortilleria El Pastor | 106 Druid Street, SE1 2HH
Image credit: Sam Ashton
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