I love eating out – I mean, who doesn’t? Imagine not having to wash up after – I’m sold, haaa! You can tell I’m turning in to a right old granny when the highlight of eating out is not having to wash up. That aside, the main point is, I love food, just like everyone else does and getting to sample new restaurants is always a pleasure. Today, I’m sharing my experience of dining at Peyotito – a sophisticated and modern Mexican restaurant based in Notting Hill, London.
As mentioned, the restaurant is located Notting Hill, London, on Kensington Park Road, closest underground station is Ladbroke Grove. It was relatively easy to find, the distinct terracotta front is definitely not hard to miss. There are several other restaurants and shops in the surrounding area, and also some pubs close by which is super convenient if you’re looking for somewhere to go to after dinner or the restaurant offers an amazing selection of cocktails and if you’re a fan if tequila, then you’re in for a treat. Peyotito also recently opened its second branch in Ibiza, so if you’re travelling over there, I highly recommend trying out the food.
Now, Mexican cuisine is not my usual choice for dinner out – not that I don’t like it, I think maybe it’s because I don’t actually know what to order. A bit like Indian food, I’m one of those ones that always go for the same dish (which is Chicken Korma, I know, everyone tells me that’s a child’s curry choice). The lovely lady at Peyotito (I can’t, for the life of me, remember her name, but she was super sweet) recommended my friend and I a few dishes, so we went with fish choices for starters. Both dishes looked very appetising as soon as it was laid on the table, it looked and tasted fresh and because of the unique, sour flavour, it definitely kick started our metabolisms. We went for Blanco and Pulpo A La Mexicana on the ‘ceviche’ part of the menu and the portions were just right. On to mains, we both opted for tacos, we chose the Tacos Al Pastor (chicken) and Mole De Olla (pork). The chicken choice came already wrapped, with a lovely infusion of flavours including pineapple and white bean puree. The pork dish came separately to its tacos, so it needed to be shredded and made, a bit like aromatic duck and my god, did it taste amazing. The meat was perfectly cooked, the broth was full of flavour and combined with the veg, it was just so, so good. Again, the portions were just right, not too much, but not too less which means there’s enough room for desserts – always got space for the sweets obviously. We went for the classic Churro Con Chocolate and Flan De Vanilla (baked custard). I have always loved churros and these tasted amazing! The baked custard was similar to crème brulee, but instead of being smooth, it was more lumpy (fully aware it doesn’t sound great), but it was honestly, so good. It had the right amount of sweetness and again, just the right portion size.
Atmosphere and Service
As soon as I walked in to the restaurant, the décor definitely stood out to me. I loved the modern furniture and adding in the feel of the environment gave it that extra oomph. As we went quite early, the restaurant was still pretty quiet, but it soon filled up and the atmosphere got a bit livelier – you can definitely tell that it is a firm favourite for some as regular customers were coming in quite often whilst we were there. The lighting towards the back of the restaurant was a lot brighter since the ceiling was open window, so for those who love that all important Instagram pic (me aswell), opt for a seat at the back. The service was amazing, we had a lovely, sweet lady who served us all evening. She recommend us dishes, checked that we were okay and was all round, very friendly – everything you needed in a waitress really.
Overall, we had a lovely evening at Peyotito and would definitely recommend trying them out. Are you a fan of Mexican food?
*I was invited to review the food and drinks at Peyotito London, all opinions are honest and my own.