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2 Mexican places: Mestizo and El Panzon @ Brixton Village, London

limster Mar 18, 2012 01:39 PM

• Mestizo, Euston

Pescadillas were fried medium thick and crunchy tortilla encasing minced fish, darkish probably from a chilli marinate of some sort, and a slightest shade of soury pungency and fishiness that wasn't my favourite. Rounded off by a chilli dotted mayonaise that did balance the dish somewhat.

Pork with green mole was pretty good, while not being especially complex, the sauce big on the tangy flavour and somewhat citrusy, topped with roasted pumpkin seeds that lent a bit of a nutty angle (more would have been better). OK black beans and tortilla as sides. Pork itself was fairly well cooked, nice and tender.

Tre leches cake, sweetened by condensed milk, moistened by evaporated milk and bolstered by cream, was quite enjoyable, very moist but not mushy.

Not bad, but among what I had, with the exception of the tre leches cake, probably not as deep as the cooking at Casa Morita in my experience.

• El Panzon @ Brixton Village

Same folks as the ones doing tacos at Hootananny, opened recently across form Kaosarn.

Somewhat bland pork, spicy but vaguely one-dimensional minced beef in tacos overloaded with sides (shreds of bland hard cheese, lettuce, decent guac, sour cream) yet not much lime if any, no trace of the cilantro flavour, the salsa underpowered (and in one case tasted more like tomato sauce). If this is their usual standard, there's no reason to eat that with Casa Morita so close by, there's simply no comparison, and probably shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath.