The focus for London’s seemingly unending obsession for all things Mexican turns now to Shoreditch, where Callooh Callay on Rivington Streets has opened a tequila-themed cantina in its upstairs space.
Formerly a private members’ bar, the Jubjub now hosts a rotating series of “experiential events”. Until 18 May it’s the turn of Cantina de Cuervo, with tequila maker Jose Cuervo doling out Mexican food and drink to the discerning masses. The menu shifts every week of the residency; this week’s (PDF) includes a cocktail named The Suspender Belt, which improbably blends tequila, white cacao, pomegranate syrup, cream, mezcal and dark chocolate into one beverage.
Each week is also themed differently: there’s a special Cinco de Mayo week (around 5 May, naturally), a margarita week and an appearance by Tomas Estes, formerly of Cafe Pacifico and La Perla, who’ll be reading from his book, The Tequila Ambassador, on Tuesday 16 April.