There was once a time when authentic Mexican food hard to find within the surrounds of the M25, but we’re pleased to report that times are changing, and now London boasts plenty of choice when it comes to Mexican restaurants.
Joining the ranks of said spots is Cavita, chef Adriana Cavita’s (previously Peyotito in London and Ibiza) first solo venture and a place to enjoy home-style cooking. Having learnt to appreciate the simplicity of cooking over coals from her grandma, who sold Antojitos from a roadside stall in Ixtapaluca, Cavita’s menu has a street food focus. On the menu you’ll find classic tacos filled with baja fish, cochinita pibil or meat ‘al pastor’. However, if you’re feeling more adventurous there are plenty of more unusual dishes to try too. Tetelas are little triangles or corn masa filled with blue corn and roasted pink fur potatoes, for instance.
Larger plates centre around various moles – or sauces – which are integral to traditional Mexican cuisine. Here you’ll find smoky chargrilled chicken with a fresh, herby verde mole and tomatillo and roasted poblano as well as a dish called Carne a las brasas - a dry aged bone-in ribeye with an amarillito mole of Guajillo chilli and mixed spices from Oaxaca. For pure decadence don’t skip the Puerto Nuevo dish, a crispy fried half lobster with a garlic and chilli ajillo sauce, an avocado and tomato salsa and black beans.
Interiors have been designed to make guests feel transported to sunnier shores, showing off the textures of Mexico. Expect a warm, earthy palatte and plenty of green coming from cacti and succulents. The best seat in the house is at the ‘top table’, a communal dining space with views of the kitchen where you’ll be served by Cavita herself.
If you’re looking to make an evening out of your experience at Cavita, Kick the night off in the dedicated Mezcal bar downstairs. Mayahuel offers signature cocktails and snacking plates and can be found in the basement.