I had two bookings for dinner with my friend Guy but then we didn’t feel like another big meal and since we don’t have great Mexican food in London, decided to go to Petty Cash Taqueria. Guy had been there before and my friend HJ also loves it. Sadly, I texted Oli right before we got to the restaurant and he told me he had a disappointing experience. Oh well, expectations were immediately lowered. He told me that Walter Manzke is associated with the restaurant but clearly not spending much time on it.
Petty Cash Taqueria is very cool both from the outside and inside, vibrant, colourful and fun. They describe themselves on the menu as a a semi-authentic taqueria, which is very funny, but completely accurate (I miss Tacos No. 1 in NY…).
We started with drinks but they are very particular and wouldn’t accept any changes to the cocktails (I wanted tequila versus Mezcal and they wouldn’t change).
What we ate:
Guacamole with chips: yummy and may have been the best part of the dinner.
Pigs ears Nachos: every time Stewart sees pig’s ears on a menu, he orders it. So…why not have them in nacho form? Why not smother a deep fried pig ear in cheese and then add the mix to fried chips? But to be fair, was less greasy than it sounds, but still unnecessarily fried/greasy for my taste (Miles, please don’t disown me!).
Shrimp salad: delicious mix of shredded cabbage, strawberries, cucumber, peanuts and ripe peaches tossed with Gulf White prawns. Tasty, healthy, unique and fresh. Very good.
Hamachi ceviche: nicely cubed fish in a creamy citrusy sauce made of avocados and tomatillo. Good.
Dorados: crispy rolled potato tacos, tomatillo sauce, cotija cheese: Guy had tried these before and liked them so we ordered them despite Stewart’s resistance to vegetarian dishes. I thought this was the best of the tacos we ordered as the tortillas were crispy and the potato had a nice smokiness that paired well with the cabbage and cotija cheese.
Al pastor: adobo-chile rubbed pork shoulder, pineapple, avocado. A bid dry and not too exciting.
Cook’s ranch pork belly carnitas: with salsa verde and guacamole. Better than the al pastor but not great either.
In sum: Petty Cash Taqueria has great vibe, ok service and mediocre want to be hip Mexican. Wish there was a Tacos No 1 in LA. And even better, in London.
We skipped dessert and went to Sweet Rose Creamery for ice cream (http://www.sweetrosecreamery.com/).
Petty Cash Taqueria http://pettycashtaqueria.com/