23 March 2016

El Camion Mexican Restaurant and bar review, Soho London

In the 1930s, doctors in Mexico recommended the following drink concoction ratio to fight off a cold:
1/3 measure of tequila blanco
1/3 measure of agave nectar (to eliminate bacteria and soothe sore throats)
1/3 measure of fresh lime juice (for Vitamin C) 

So, in March 2016, I decided to try out their advice. Full of hayfever lurgeys and the beginnings of a monster cold, I took a decision in the name of science to sneak into El Camion in Brewer Street for a catchup with the lovely Mr Fresh and Fearless and to try a little of their menu.

El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review


El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review
 Disclaimer: We were invited guests of the El Camion but my (very many) opinions are 
only ever my own, and I would never recommend anywhere that I wouldn't happily revisit, 
in fact I'll be taking my chilli-loving husband shortly.

El Camion is a little rough diamond of Mexican kitsch literally minutes from tourist-central Picadilly Circus. A restaurant by day with a late night members-club in the basement, this is a perfect post-work stop for catching up with good friends.

El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review
  El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review

Bottles of exotic hot sauces line the walls and the bar is surrounded with an enviable selection of tequila, this isn't a restaurant for the faint of palate. We both opened with margaritas; strong, fruity and kick-ass - incidentally how I like my friends to be. I rolled with a Tommy's classic Margarita; Olmeca Altos blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and agave syrup (doctors orders remember?) whilst Aftab tried the Pomegranate Margarita; Olmeca Altos blanco tequila, pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, grenadine and triple sec. It knocked his socks off.

Saucy.

El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review

El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review

The menu is filled with classic grills dishes with a heavy Baja California influence (think traditional Mexican fare with fish, beef and a lot of friendly smiling whilst you can't decide) and covers all the great carb traditions; totopos, tomatillo salsa verde, soft shell tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and ensaladas (aka salad "mehican" style).

My blate tried a chicken tinga quesadilla whilst I grazed a selection of tacos - pork carnita, chicken tinga and chorizo (colds make me hungry, what can I say?) stuffed with guacamole, perfectly piquant pico de gallo, lettuce and home-made salsa. My mouth is watering just writing about them again.

El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review  
Whilst we nibbled, a second round of drinks appeared on the table - a strawberry daquiri that had me tempted to steal it from Aftab and a passionfruit batida making for a sweet, creamy dessert.

 El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review

I think my life motto needs to be "there is nothing wrong with a taste of mischief here and there". We were a little disappointed by the crunch of the churros but the chocolate dipping sauce was delicious. 

After a few tequila heavy beverages, I woke up the next morning feeling much better, and my sniffling symptoms were much reduced. Perhaps those 1930s doctors were on to something...

El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review

El Camion Brewer Street Picadilly Soho Mexican Restaurant review

I definitely want to pop back to explore more of the tequila menu and to laugh my abs into shape again. The next time we're undecided about a michevious dinner, I'll definitely be heading back towards El Camion.

Watch out Soho...

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