A wall painting depicting the Virgin of Guadeloupe blesses this new lo-fi lounge – a lone Latino accent among Dalston’s trad Turkish takeaways with its kitschy, thrown-together favela decor. Fruity cocktails are the USP: all the usual South American suspects (mojito, caipirinha, daiquiri, ‘deluxe’ margarita) put in an appearance, while house fancies include agave sangaree (bourbon, Calvados and agave syrup) and dulce bandera (tequila, butterscotch schnapps, lime and apple juice). Patrón and Don Julio are top tequilas, and there are bottles of Pacifico and Desperado beer in the fridge. Tapas take in tiger prawn and plantain moqueca (a stew), chicken mole, meat quesadillas and taquitos, although the kitchen looks further afield for baked brie or spinach and cashew-stuffed mushrooms – perhaps vegetarianism isn’t big south of El Paso. Upbeat staff rely on their N16 nous, rather than any silver-service training.
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