Café Pacifico's big 3-0 with 1980s’ prices

Covent Garden’s Café Pacifico is celebrating three decades of Mexican food, margaritas and good times when it turns 30 this year. To thank its legions of fans for their companionship on the restaurant’s journey, Café Pacifico is turning back the clock and serving signature dishes on its lunch menu at 1982 prices from 7 February to 2 March.

The idea for Café Pacifico was born on a road trip made by its founders in Nicaragua in 1973; the original Amsterdam venue launched three years later. It was initially run by the founders, who did everything from tending the bar to preparing the day’s tortillas. As the restaurant grew, so did its reputation for tasty food and cracking cocktails – and so did the queues. In 1982, a London version of the restaurant opened – followed by cantinas in Paris, Cologne, Milan and Sydney.

Now, 30 years on, the restaurant is looking back to the start of its journey. From 7 February, the weekday lunchtime menu will be offered to diners at rock-bottom prices. That means a plate of nachos with melted cheese, pimientos and jalapeños for a scene-stealing £2.50, piled-high burritos for only £4, and margaritas for just £2.95 each. Click through to the Square Meal Café Pacifico review to see the full menu.

Plus, on Tuesday 7, 14 and 21 February, from 7.30-9.30pm, a live mariachi band will bring the sounds of Mexico to evening guests. Each night will have a different theme: 7 February will feature Latin music from the 1980s; 14 February is an alternative Valentine's night; and 21 February has a 'Mexican moustache' theme.

The 1980s’ prices are available to everyone eating between 12pm and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday; booking is recommended. To find out more or book a table, contact Café Pacifico on 020 7379 7728 or visit the restaurant’s website.