For me, there are few spirits that send a rush of joy across my body when I hear their name like tequila. So when I was invited down to the press dinner at El Patron Putney, the brand spanking new Mexican cocktail bar and restaurant in south-west London, I couldn’t refuse.
Located literally within stumbling distance of the train station and East Putney tube, this bar couldn’t be better positioned for those seeking a few indulgent after work drinks.
The establishment is split in two levels, with the basement used as a party area over the weekend and plenty of tunes courtesy of the DJ. They try and keep things lively on Thursday, with the #TashOnThursday competition, where the best snap wins a prize, as you can see below there were a few key contenders.
If you fancy going full Mexican, there are a few ponchos and sombreros flying about so you can get some instantly regrettable snaps to cringe at the next day.
— Kasha Dubaniewicz (@KashaCapeTown) February 19, 2015
Being a lover of tequila and an Old Fashioned respectively, I was impressed with the creativity of a drink that combined the two called the ‘Vanilla Old Fashioned’ which boasted aged tequila, grapefruit bitters and vanilla syrup.
To help tide us over before the main event, a batch of crunchy tortilla chips arrived with a big helping of the El Patron Secret Gucamole, with soft, ripe avocado. Joined by a generous mango and avocado salad, I could tell this was one of those places you might adopt a ‘why not?’ attitude to ordering and devouring the majority of the menu.
For our second round of drinks, Kasha went for Escobar’s Secret, a sweet, smoky and refreshing blend of mezcal, vanilla, lime apple and ginger ale that suited her sweet-tooth. In need of a Thursday night perk-up, I stole a chance for the coffee infused Mariachi Martini. This silky smooth libation gave the rich flavour of an espresso martini, but with the warmth of tequila instead of vodka.
When the main courses arrived, they didn’t stand a chance. Swept upon by hungry bloggers, the rich cheesy quesadillas went before the waitress placed the plate on the table. The tacos were treated similarly, and hardly even got a chance to announce their presence before they were mere crumbs and herbs.
I honestly wish I could tell you which flavours of quesadillas we ate, but to be honest I didn’t care. The rich, full flavoured melted cheese they stuffed in each quesadilla with was so moreish it should be illegal. Cheese lovers take note; this is what you should order at El Patron.
For those seeking something a little different, the fish tacos were incredible, and got a thumbs up from all the greedy faces still chewing them down in joy.
For a lively, fun evening of Mexican dishes that hit the spot every time, El Patron is your go-to in Putney. Drinks wise, there are over 60 different tequilas to explore, some easy drinking cocktails and even a good range of wines.
Hell, you can’t go far wrong with good music, tasty tacos and £7 Margaritas can you?
Need some more multicultural cuisine in your life? Check out my review of Mayfair tiki bar Trader Vic’s.