Mixed reviews of Rebel Society’s Death by Burrito in Shoreditch had me longing to explore the pop up Mexican grill & cocktail bar. On the hunt for a contemporary burrito that would blow my mind.
Great service, orders were taken promptly and goods delivered just as quick. Short but sweet menu allowed snappy decisions – just the way I like it. Thumbs up to the house cocktail You Da Ho-Chata – Jose Cuervo with hints of cinnamon, cardamom and smoke. A less intense choice, Pink Paloma – raspberry and aperol charged with vanilla and grapefruit soda. This one was a bit too citrusy..where was the vanilla we had craved?
Started with crab cakes and courgette flower and ricotta poblano crepes. Crab cakes were decent and the crispy toppings added that needed crunch, though my friend commented they were too fishy. This is an ‘affaire de goût’ of how fishy you like your fish? The courgette flower crepes were underwhelming, ended up piling the courgette pieces in my burrito. Overall bland dish, with an overpowering bitterness. Very large portions so these are meant for sharing. Afterall, there is a burrito coming your way. Unless you’re a 20 year old male post football that is, then these portions are perfect.
And finally – the BURRITO. What we came here for. Smoked beef ribs & sweet potato burrito had my name all over it. Unlike traditional burritos filled with rice and topped with cheese, Death by Burrito has taken a lighter approach – no rice, no cheese. Focus is on the protein and flavours of the ingredients. Burritos are large and come with a side of nachos, home made guacamole & sour cream, large enough to be a meal in itself. The burrito was quite spicy and I appreciated the absence of rice and processed cheese. The beef was somewhat chewy and not enough sweet potato that I was expecting would add an earthier, lighter feel to the dish. This particular burrito was too meat heavy and left us feeling uncomfortably stuffed…we were too greedy in our ordering, too much grub for only two stomachs.
Food aside, this is definitely a weekend type of place, dark venue and hip bar area. Our waiter claimed it’s packed on Fridays and Saturdays. Come for the drinks, music and comfort food. Then head upstairs and enjoy the club. Words of advice, try not to be greedy like us. Partying in a state of burrito-comatose not recommended.
Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Death by Burrito all makes sense. Will I come back? To word this correctly…did this £9.50 contemporary burrito blow my mind? No, definitely not but will consider returning with a group of friends for cocktails and snacks.