Cartel 1

517-519 Battersea Park Road , London, SW11 3BN

Cartel London bar Mexican Tequilla

SquareMeal Review of Cartel

Under new owners, this Tequila bar and taqueria is a vast improvement on its predecessor, La Isla Bonita. Cartel is a desperado hole-up straight out of a 1960s spaghetti western, complete with basic decor cobbled together from builder’s yard woods and sheet metals. Fortunately, the Good outweighs the Bad and the Ugly here: witness a Negroni where Patrón XO Tequila replaces gin; and a Treacle (the late Dick Bradsell’s London classic) that substitutes Patrón Anejo for the original’s rum. Mezcal ideas include El Chapo, a Sour that also uses Calvados, grenadine and peppercorn syrup. Food is freshly made in-house; try the light, crisp, gluten-free tacos with flavoursome fillings such as pan-fried duck breast with fig jam and pomegranate; plantain and butternut squash with a pumpkin-seed salsa; and chilli king prawns with slaw and piquant mayo. Otherwise, order wings or quesadillas, sold at little more than street-food van prices.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Clapham Junction Station 810m

Queenstown Road (Battersea) Station 1km


Address: 517-519 Battersea Park Road , London SW11 3BN

Area: Battersea Clapham Junction

Opening times

Mon-Sat 5pm-12M (Fri-Sat -2am)

Nearby Landmarks

The Grace Theatre 57m

Battersea Park 954m


Telephone: 020 8610 9761

Cuisine: Bars


Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

susannah s. 28 April 2017

Haven't found a Mexican as good as this is in London other than La Bodegra Negra. So it has fresh, unbelievably tasty, varied Mexican food of that standard but at a very reasonable price. The decor is very well done AND there is a great choice of cocktails. I couldn't recommend it more highly and have no doubt this place will take off.