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13-14 Cork Street
Peyote closed permanently in August 2018
Restaurateur Arjun Waney knows how to take a theme and run with it in high-end style. At Peyote, he’s stopped short of fine dining, though with a wall of lockers reserved for personal bottles of fine Tequila, there’s no pretence at street-shack taqueria status. Its culinary interpretations of Mexico City’s finest are neat and (for some) underpowered, but Peyote’s punters expect the rough edges to be all smoothed off, and the tostadas to be gluten-free. Salads and raw dishes are simple but nicely titivated, from the grilled nopales cactus salad with tomatoes, avocado and habanero salsa to the ceviches of rightly fresh seafood – perhaps lobster with orange or yellowtail with ginger. For more punch and heft, rib-eye steak comes with blackened aubergine salsa, and the quesadillas are as cheesy as they should be. There are no prizes for guessing what’s in the cocktails.
13-14 Cork Street
Green Park Tube Station 455m
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station 509m
Faraday Museum 69m
Royal Academy of Arts (Burlington House) 81m
Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm)
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Food + drink: 5
All things South American (and not just the football) currently seem in vogue. After the success and subsequent entrenchment of Coya and Sushisamba on the London dining scene, along comes Peyote, devoted broadly to the cuisine of Mexico – admittedly in Central America, but stylistically quite similar in terms of cuisine. Our group that visited on a recent weeknight evening were highly impressed from beginning to end. Peyote is about as far from Tex-Mex as one can possibly imagine and that the backers of the restaurant are also behind the perennially popular Zuma should give one a sense of what to expect. The dishes are relatively small in size and designed for sharing, ideal for groups. We began with a chunky guacamole that really packed some flavour accompanied by tortillas and a wonderfully presented range of chilli dipping sauces, ascending in order of hotness. This was followed by fish (lobster ceviche and yellow tail), both of which excelled in terms of freshness. The rib eye steak with borracha salsa was another stand-out, wonderfully tender and the sauce representing a perfect accompaniment. The vegetables were also crisp and certainly not an after-thought here. Probably the only disappointment on the culinary side was a relatively lacklustre sea bass accompanied by coriander and pineapple, a somewhat curious combination. The drinks also merit mention: we rated the cocktails (especially the margarita with chilli and orange), wines (a 2004 red Burgundy worked well across all of the menu) and spirits (much mescal was sampled). If the above were not reason enough to go, the other markedly positive impression we took away from Peyote was the attitude of the serving staff, friendly, enthusiastic and willing to proffer advice, but not in an overbearing fashion. Such a restaurant inevitably deserved to be as full as it was, and there is every reason to believe that Peyote’s presence will endure.
Food + drink: 4
Finally a chic Mexican restaurant in London! It has buzzy atmosphere, a little bar for pre-dinner drinks. Friendly barmen and good drinks. Decor is nice and the food is good. Very friendly staff but our main food did not arrive together, which seemed like a common trend around the place. However, will go back to see if service improves in future.
Food + drink: 2
Birthday dinner on a Saturday night. The atmosphere was good and the drinks as well, but the service and the food were below par.
The space looks very nice but the food was average at best with nothing particularly Mexican or different. Service was nice but mixed orders and wasn't very attentive.
Not the place for a great dining experience but ok for a drink and a bite in a night out.
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