If there’s one thing #teamcoco like, it’s a bottomless brunch. Couple that with free-flowing margaritas and authentic Mexican dishes from one of London’s most lauded Mexican restaurants, and you’re onto an absolute winner in our book. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Santo Remedio, a Mexican joint in Bermondsey who have just launched their bottomless Brunch – never one to turn down a margarita, we sent our girl Beth to check it out…
Taco-lovers of London, rejoice. Critically acclaimed Mexican spot Santo Remedio, which reopened on Tooley Street to rave-reviews have launched their bottomless margarita brunch. But this isn’t your run of the mill mid-morning weekend booze up, this is Mexican cuisine with serious foodie credentials, washed down with the punchiest margaritas we’ve had outside of Mexico.
It’s a sunny Sunday morning when we dip into Santo Remedio’s colourful facade. We’re greeted by an airy yet warm space, tropical tones with notes of dark wood, mirrors and vintage prints, and smiling, relaxed staff – all conspiring to create a homey mamá’s kitchen vibe. Still suffering from our half marathon obstacle course the day before, we hope that Santo Remedio – which translates as ‘holy remedy’ is about to cure all that ails us.
We start with great chunky guac and freshly fried chips, followed by a choice of tacos to share. Arguing briefly over the merits of the crispy Flautas with potato and avocado salsa vs. the fiery prawn aguchile rojo with pomegranate, we finally plump for the pork belly with Hertfordshire pork, Chicharron and tomatillo salsa. I may have been bullied into getting these, but end up eating my words. They are a revelation – crispy, flavorful, melt in your mouth deliciousness.
We then each choose our own main from the menu, which ranges from Mexican breakfast specialities to more staple options with imaginative twists. I opt for the waitress’ recommendation Huevos Motulenos, tostadas with black beans, fried eggs, salsa roja and cheese – a perfect pairing of sweet and salty with grilled plantains and bacon. My egg-hating other half (catered to well with the brunch menu which also offers non-breakfasty options) goes for the chicken enchilada which he wolfs down without offering me a single bite. Veggies are well catered to too, with dishes like the hibiscus flower enchiladas, which I’m definitely coming back for. We finish with a batch of fresh, fluffy cinnamon churros dipped in dulce de leche, fighting for the last one.
After a few more margaritas, we chat with co-owner Natalie, who runs the restaurant with her husband and Chef Patron Edson. Having started with supper-clubs before opening their former spot in Shoreditch, their dishes are inspired by Edson’s home Mexico City, as well as the couple’s travels throughout the Yucatan, Baja California and Oaxaca, where Edson worked critically acclaimed Casa Oaxaca, one of Latin America’s 50 Best restaurants. It’s an authenticity that underpins each dish – a taste that transports you to the homes, markets and celebrations of Mexico.
London’s lack of decent Mexican fare might be much bemoaned by its residents, but Santo Remedio is going some way to providing a much-needed cure – and the bottomless margaritas don’t hurt either.
Come every weekend from 11-4 for this Mexican fiesta of unlimited margaritas, bubbles or beer alongside three courses, for just £45. Book online at https://www.santoremedio.co.uk/