REVIEW: Fat Macy's Mexican Pop Up
Written by: Tavia Davies
Disclaimer: I freakin’ love Mexican food, so this article may be a little biased. The margaritas on arrival probably helped too.
For Fat Macy’s second supper club (in the space of 6 months nonetheless, they’re reet busy bees), we were treated to proper bloody good Mexican food at Blighty Coffee, with not a single cactus taco or greasy nacho was in sight, thank god.
The first course was some sort of chili con carne-ified, tomatoey, meatey, soupey goodness: a bit like a Mexican version of an Irish stew, but with chunks of avocado and whole tortilla chips (a.k.a. Mexican croutons) absorbing all the liquidy goodness at the bottom.
Next up was the prawn and sea bass pipian (we’re both avid meateaters, but were actually a little tempted by the veggie version of pumpkin and plantain). Good god, I’ve never had a pipian before, but likening it to a soft taco, it was damn near the best soft taco I’ve ever had. Even the ‘I’m lactose intolerant and gluten free although I do eat meat, but everyone else is vegetarian’ table next to us enjoyed the pipians.
After a short break, where the adorable waiters fussed over us making sure everyone was okay for drinks and then briefly lost the bottle opener (but of course found it moments later), we received the dessert. When looking at the menu, I saw mousse. I thought, pshhht, had that before. My god, was I wrong. They’d only concocted the most so-weird-it’s-good dessert I’ve ever eaten. Think rich chocolate, olive oil, chili flakes, and cinnamon salt. Yeah, olive oil. It was oily, salty, spicy, and chocolatey all at the same time. But it worked, and it worked well. I’ll not forget that dessert for a bloody long time.
Not only does Fat Macy’s serve some seriously good Mexican food, they’re also a seriously good initiative. Headed by the effervescent Meg and Fred, they give young adults in hostel residence the opportunity to learn the ways of the restaurant and hospitality industries. And it’s not any of that free internship practice us lot in the creative industries know so well, this lot get money put into a Trust Fund to be used for a rental deposit so they can get out of hostel residence. Bloody good idea or what, eh? After their Mexican throwdown, they’ll be crashing all your Christmas parties with their bangin’ food, and hope to open their very own café down in Crouch End. Bloody heck, we can’t wait.
Find out more at www.fatmacys.org
Photos by Mike Barry
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