The Victims: Gerry, Ben
The Damage: £40ish?
The Background: I went to Mestizo with Gerry and Ben back on May 2nd, but somehow never managed to write up a review. That might be because Gerry
and Ben and I had already had our fair share of beverages that
day. Mestizo was kinda muddled into this hazy memory of Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon and flowers and trains and pubs and Marylebone Station.
Because, you see, we'd spent the afternoon visiting the birthplace of Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. And after lunch
and with not much else to do before our train, we went on our own little pub crawl. (No place really super memorable to report.)
The train back to London from Stratford-upon-Avon takes a little over two hours, which was just
enough time to work up enough hunger that it made sense to talk about
dinner plans. Mexican, it's unanimous.
We figured it out with Google Maps. The train gets into Marylebone. We
can take a bus east from there to Euston, and then we can walk to Mestizo.
Even More Background: I've been wanting to go to Mestizo for ages because a year or two ago, I went to my friend Con Ann's holiday party and there were a few Mexicans at the party. I asked them what their favorite Mexican place in London was, and they said hands down, Mestizo. They felt it was the most authentic.
The Entrance: We get a table by the window and place our orders. The complimentary chips and salsa are nice, but it's a small portion for three people. Maybe we could have gotten free refills? Not sure. (In most Mexican restaurants in Chicago, the chips and salsa are free and keep coming, and you usually pay a small
supplement for the guac.)
The Food: Then we start ordering margaritas (should have taken some photos) and it all gets even hazier after that. I order the Pabellon Criollo, which is described on their menu as, "shredded beef marinated with onion, red and black pepper sauce, fresh garlic and sweet chiles, served with rice and beans." The plantains that arrive with the dish are a nice surprise.
It's all okay, but I find the beans a bit watery and even the shredded beef is too watery. (But maybe that's what the rice is for.) And plus, it all seems a little bit cool. As in not hot. And I feel like, at £12.50, it's a high-margin dish. Maybe the cost is in the spices. I don't know.
Other Items of Note:
- Gerry gets very excited because Mestizo also sells a small variety of mexican products. (Gerry is Costa Rican.) She buys a bunch of stuff before we leave.
- We were slightly transfixed by the flat-screen TV which seemed to infinitely loop a program of Mexican dancers.
The Service: A bit surly at first, but she warmed up to us later.
The Verdict: I was disappointed, as you can probably tell from this review.