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

Cartel London bar Mexican Tequilla

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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.

Cartel Location

517-519 Battersea Park Road , London SW11 3BN

Opening times

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

Cartel's Reviews


Food & Drink: 10.0


Service: 10.0


Atmosphere: 10.0


Value: 10.0


Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

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.

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