Mestizo was a place recommended for a dinner out and a get together with friends. It does not provide your standard run of the mill Mexican food. At Mestizo, you get something that is different and special. It’s not the first time that someone has recommended this Mexican restaurant, so I was more than happy to give it a try.
The warm atmosphere is set by its tones of deep reds and browns for the décor. There was a big bar area at one end of the restaurant, displaying all the shelves of spirit bottles. Downstairs, there was also a floor dedicated to private dining.
Mestizo has an extensive menu which ranges from small dishes, specials, tacos to the classic chilli chocolate mole dishes. We were given some tortillas with dips to start with. It was a decision between the tacos and one of the specials. I chose the vegetarian Chile Rellenis De Flor De Calabaza Y Queso.
The Chile Rellenis De Flor De Calabaza Y Queso was a pablano pepper filled with courgette flower, sweetcorn, courgette and mozzarella. The pablano pepper had a soft texture and it was melt in the mouth. The little silver pot of beans was topped with a sprinkling of cheese. Together with the rice, beans, pepper and vegetables, this made for a satisfying tasty meal.
The waitress told me that this pablano pepper dish was not cheese heavy, so I was pleased about that. When the main course was served, the pepper was covered in a yellow layer. I just assumed that this was cheese. But after tasting it, it was a sweetcorn sauce which I was definitely happy about.
A couple of friends opted for the Taco Tray. This was presented beautifully. Twelve individual bowls filled with the different meats, salsas, guacamole, beans, onions, sour cream, sauces and garnishes. A small basket contained the soft flour tortillas. Again, another filling meal.
The staff were really friendly and attentive at Mestizo. As we were a fairly big group dining, we all arrived at different times. But as soon as each person arrived, we were asked what we would like to drink. It was not like we had to look for the staff, they just came to us, which is the way it should be.
Even when we needed an extra seat at the table, the staff did not complain. They swiftly put an extra chair on our round window table.
The evening out at Mestizo was thoroughly enjoyable. Great food, good company and a fun catch up time with friends from near and far.
Mestizo, 103 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 3EL