Attention: before reading this post, please be aware it is likely to bring on strong hunger pangs and an immediate desire for guacamole…
Good, now that’s out of the way…since I started blogging and reading other blogs I’ve developed an insanely long list of places (particularly restaurants) I’d like to go. On Friday, my boyfriend asked me if there was anything I wanted to do for dinner, and I immediately thought of a little blogpost by wander to wonder on Cantina Laredo, a Mexican in Convent Garden. He loves Mexican so it was an easy sell, and an hour or so later (after fighting through a malfunctioning tube network) we were there. The restaurant itself is lovely – big and spacious, with comfy booths and a relaxed atmosphere.
First thing first – the guacamole. Until about a year or so ago, I used to tell people I didn’t like guacamole. A chef friend of mine then insisted that I try it fresh, saying the fresher it is, the better it tastes, and I’ve been converted ever since.
The staff at Cantina Laredo actually make the guacamole in front of you – and you can’t get more fresh than that!
It took about a minute to make, which was pretty impressive in itself, and it tasted so good I can't even describe it.
We finished the bowl off pretty quickly!
Starter wise, we split two between us. I picked the chilli con queso – a spicy, melted cheese dip with more tortilla chips. This was a good level of hot for me – not overwhelming but full of flavour, and to be honest, it’s a cheese dip – how can you go wrong?
My boyfriend’s choice was the stuffed jalapenos. I normally find these too spicy for me, but they were incredible – the spice was offset by the warm, melted cheese. It was crunchy and soft at the same time and I was a bit jealous that I only got one!
For mains, we both picked taquerias. I picked the carnitas – slow roasted pork with chipotle wine sauce and cheese – and Ian picked the pollo cascabel, chicken with onions and sauce. We each swapped one, to try them out.
His chicken was good – well cooked chicken and tasty sauce.
But the pork.
Oh, that pork. I could eat it all day and never get tired. Even Ian, not a pork fan, had to accept how good they were.
Side-wise we just had some creamy potatoes, which to be honest we didn’t really need – the mains were filling enough. I’d been eyeing the dessert menu, but there just wasn’t any room once all that was left on the table were crumbs!
I thoroughly recommend Carnita Laredo – decent priced Mexican food and friendly service in an attractive setting. I can’t wait to go back!