If you are a fan of Mexican food this little gem of a London pop up not one to be missed.
For the summer months only (10 weeks to be specific), Selfridges corner champagne bar are hosting an exclusive dinner experience celebrating the most wonderful, creative Mexican cooking.
On board with this event are some of the most highly acclaimed chefs in Mexican cooking. Benito Molina and Solange Muris, between the two of them creating a collection of creative dishes, expertly matched with wine and cocktails.
I headed on down to check it out.
There is nothing like the temptation of expertly cooked lobster and a cheeky margarita to get me in the mood for a new dinner experience. Plus my new, very favourite Tommy Hilfiger boots, needed a spin around the block, there is only so much staring at them in the box that one can do before it becomes ridiculous.
Tucked away from the designer clad mannequins of the second floor the pop up is rather a tricky place to find. After an arduous trip up and down from the food hall to the rooftop (twice) we finally uncovered the hidden corner restaurant and pulled up a pew at the bar, trying not to overly catch the eyes of a women dressed as an authentic Frida Kahlo imitator.
Around us was a legion of smart business bees, all out to enjoy a memorable evening. Expectedly it was an abundance of crisp white shirts and floaty summer dresses, out in full force for the glamorous Selfridges diners.
Preferring to sit up with the cocktail shakers, we stayed bar side. It was a bit less formal, more cozy and gave us the best place to pick up cocktail making tips.
The three course tasting menu featured a riot of ingredients, beginning with a ‘Mole Verde’ with lobster. A tail of lobster sitting on a bed of canellini beans, with punchy green sauce for dipping and licking. Always the messy eater, it didn’t take long before my white shirt was speckled green.
The main course was a pork loin, marinated in spices and cooked manzanilla style and served with a slick of smokey aubergine puree. It was also served with a smokey aubergine dip and lovely little cracker crisp breads. Unfortunately the crackers where wheat, thus not so good for me, but the dip was moorish and delicious and the crackers snapably good. Not a crumb was lost by my fellow happy diner.
To finish it all off was a pannacotta. (i forget what it was flavoured with) I was too occupied with the bobbles of rich, sweet liquor that popped like grapes in the mouth. They added a wonderful alcohol-laced punch to cut through the creamy pudding. Suffice to say it was delicious, especially with its fruit pudding wine.
To check out this not so secret celebration of Mexico on the second floor, it is worth nabbing your tickets pronto.
For more details about the chefs and menu have a peek here.