Corazón — London, UK
Joining London’s recent taqueria boom, Corazón is the brainchild of Texan native Laura Sheffield, who previously managed Corbin & King’s Fischer’s and The Riding House Café. Here, Sheffield and chef Paul Daniel (also a Riding House alumnus), present a concise menu that focuses on ten signature tacos inspired by the pair’s time spent in New York, the California coast, and Mexico itself – think house-made chorizo verde and 12-hour slow roast lamb rib, neck and shoulder with pasilla chili rub – as well as a selection of and duck carnitas, ceviche, salads and brunch on the weekends.
As with many traditional Latin American and US taquerias, a taco machine pumps out masa harina corn tortillas in view of diners, who can perch at the concrete topped terrazzo bar with a margarita. The main restaurant – a lively space with a great playlist designed by Katy Manolescue of Article Design – draws inspiration from the faded art deco culinary enclaves of Condesa in Mexico City with a palette of avocado green and white with clay and parquetry floors, pops of red from antique benches sourced in Lewes. and delightful attention to details such as vintage Ravenshead Tequila glassware, handmade stoneware and Talavera bowls from Puebla and vintage botanicals prints from Mexico.