London is no stranger to so called ‘hybrid’ or ‘fusion’ restaurants, which see chefs combine the cuisines of two, or sometimes three, nations to cook up a culinary storm in the kitchen. Some famous examples include sky-high restaurant Sushisamba, which serves a mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food, or Sumosan Twiga in Knightsbridge, a glamorous joint where a Japanese menu is served alongside an Italian one.
If you live or work in the Notting Hill area, you might be interested to know that you can find a fusion restaurant on your doorstep. Los Mochis ( named after the coastal city in northern Sinaloa, Mexico) serves a menu that mashes-up Japanese and Mexican cuisine, alongside plenty of Mezcal and Tequila on the drinks list.
Los Mochis’ dining room follows an industrial-chic design brief, featuring bare brick walls and wooden tables sans tablecloths, although some pops of colour have been added by yellow and blue scatter cushions, while Mexican-themed murals (including the obligatory homage to Frida Khalo) decorate the walls.
The menu here is a mix of dishes from both Japanese and Mexican culture, although there definitely seems to be more love shown to the Mexican side of things. Need proof? Well, Los Mochis’ menu features no less than 22 different varieties of taco, including quite a few novel takes on the staple Mexican snack. Varieties of taco you can tuck into include one stuffed with miso black cod, another one with truffled scrambled eggs and one christened Trailer Park KFC: Korean fried chicken topped with napa cabbage, jalapenos, spicy pickled cucumber, pico de gallo, pickled onions, cheese and poblano sauce.
Alongside the tacos, you can find a selection of quesadillas, while the Japanese side of the menu gets a few standalone dishes too including varieties of maki rolls. To round off your meal, indulge with the likes of chocolate taquitos or churro ice cream sandwiches. If you prefer liquid desserts however, opt for one of the seductive cocktails such as the Late-Night Martini: Ocho Blanco, lychees, vanilla, lemongrass, lime and jalapenos.