Restaurant: Club Mexicana
For: Lovers of spice & mock-meats
Allergens: See Menu
Average Spend Per Person: £10-£20
Over the past few years, my love for Mexican food has grown. This month I visited Pamela, a bar in Dalston that serve 100% Vegan Tacos by Club Mexicana. Their menu offers great variety consisting of locally and ethically sourced ingredients that are bursting with flavour and colour. Mock-fish and meat are the main players; beer battered ‘fish’ made from Tofu, ‘pulled-pork’ tacos made from jackfruit as well as fried chick’n wings made from seitan.
Pamela is situated on Kingsland Road not far from Haggerston overground station. The bar itself is quite dark and dingy, with black walls and minimal light towards the back of the restaurant. Taking a seat by the window or outdoors would provide the best spot for a more enjoyable experience. The staff were not so friendly upon arrival nor when ordering as we were rushed to make a decision on what to eat. However, this does not reflect on Club Mexicana nor on the quality of the food which thankfully redeemed our overall experience.
Food: Mexican Tacos
The menu offered 2 tacos for £10, a great choice for sharers as that meant we could try not one taco variety but two! We ordered the Baja Tofish; battered tofu-fish, pickled red cabbage, salsa verde drizzled with chilli oil and the Pulled jackfruit Tinga; jackfruit pieces, pumpkin seed puree, avocado salsa and pink onions. The To-fish taco was a favourite; the batter made it all that more authentic with a meaty bite that tasted just like fish. The pulled-jackfruit was high on the heat scale, bursting with flavour and a punchy guacamole layer.
Aside from Tacos, we ordered a side of Chick’n Wings, topped with hot sauce and sour cream. Unfortunately they cannot compete with the likes of Temple of Seitan but nonetheless they were delicious. The combination of sauces enhanced the flavour and the fried coating made it all the more authentic.
As far as portion sizes go, the prices were very steep for the small amount you received. However, with that said, the burst of flavours from each dish made it worthwhile and is somewhere I would return. I am eager to try the ‘cheeze fries’ and the tortilla chips with guacamole too!
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You can find them at Camden market, Dinerama in Shoreditch and of course in Dalston at Pamela’s.
Have you visited Club Mexicana? If so, what were your thoughts?