10 Upper St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, Central London, WC2H 9FB
Forget piñatas and sombreros - when you visit Cantina Laredo, leave all stereotypes of Mexican culture at the front door. Reflecting the continual evolution of Mexican cuisine, the menu here features traditional fare as well as dishes with an added innovative twist. The decor matches this mix of old and new. Although the overall look of the restaurant is sleek, sophisticated and contemporary, there are rustic ornaments like stone vases and copper jugs dotted throughout, adding a traditional touch. Cantina Laredo's sensational, freshly made cuisine is packed with flavour due to the secret blends of authentic herbs and spices used. To start, try tortillas with guacamole made fresh at your table, or the flavoursome quesadillas Laredo. Next, pick from an endless list of delicious mains - there's everything from fajitas and enchiladas to succulent sea bass and tender steaks. A house favourite is the camaron poblano asada, a tender grilled steak wrapped around a poblano pepper filled with prawns, mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese. To finish, you'll be torn between the yummy Mexican apple pie and the delightfully indulgent Mexican brownie, as both are so heavenly. To accompany your meal, perhaps try a quality glass of wine, a tequila from an exquisite selection, or an expertly made cocktail - the Casa Rita Margarita is a must.