Santo Remedio, the Holy Remedy
February 26, 2018
“I’m sorry, we’ve run out of grasshoppers” isn’t something you hear from many waiting staff in London.
Edson Diaz-Fuentes and his wife Natalie opened Santo Remedio in Shoreditch in 2016, and relocated to Bermondsey the following year.
Holy Remedy. Their dream that became a reality.
Edson is Mexican. Natalie is half English, half Mexican (or half Mexican, half English after a few tequilas). They are ambassadors dedicated to “food inspired by the taquerias, markets, homes and celebrations of Mexico.”
Their restaurant is fun and welcoming. We dropped in for a glass and a course before going to Julius Caesar at the new theatre nearby, The Bridge. We sat at the bar, and returning after the show we were greeted warmly again – “How was the play, guys?”
They import uniquely Mexican ingredients, like Pasilla and Serrano chillis, but they also work with fantastic British producers like Gringa Dairy in Peckham, who produce artisan Mexican cheeses. I loved the idea of tacos made with blue corn and the wonderful Sparkenhoe Red Leicester Cheese. Edson is a supporter of Slow Food, and created this taco combining products from the Slow Food Ark of Taste.
Guacamole is a natural start to the meal, served in a stone mortar with their freshly made tortillas on the side. It’s chunky, and vibrant with chilli and lime. (The crunchy grasshoppers are optional).
Let’s talk Tacos.
Tacos. As well as the usual chicken and beef, there are tacos of Hertfordshire pork belly; slow cooked beef short rib, with pumpkin seeds and salsa roja – smoky, savoury and sweet, with the undertow of chilli.
Flautas are crisp potato tacos, rolled like a Havana cigar, stuffed with avocado salsa and scattered with pickled red onion.
If you’ve read my posts on Venice, you may have spotted that I have a soft spot for a soft shell crab, this one comes with Serrano mayo, shredded red cabbage and pickled cucumber.
Go to Santo Remedio to experience bright, bold fresh flavours, singing with lime and chilli. “And to drink?” Maybe a mezcal, or the Mexican wines from L. A. Cetto.
“Me gusto mucho!”