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The hottest Mexican hangout in Soho! Delectable Tacos, Tequila, Mezcal, Music, Dancing, Late Night Food, Awesome Cocktails and a 3am Licence!
There is a time and a place for groundbreaking, elaborate and innovative cocktails but that time and place most definitely isn’t at El Camion. The original of this two-site ‘chain’ is tucked away over in Portobello but fortunately a newer incarnation is available in the heart of Soho for those who come over all nervous at just the thought of venturing onto the sticky-out bit of the circle line. Upstairs you’ll find a restaurant serving a decidedly Californian interpretation of Mexican cuisine but It’s the steeper-then-you’d-like-them-to-be-after-a-few-tequilas that you’ll be needing to navigate en route to the basement if it’s the liquid refreshments you’re looking for.
You’ll have to ignore the aesthetics of this delicately proportioned bar for it’s all a bit wipe-clean for my liking. Perhaps it gets a bit crazy here on occasion, or perhaps the designer just wasn’t that good.Either way it hardly matters, no-one ever went to a tequila bar for its aesthetic appeal. Fortunately any worries about the interior design are soon to be distracted by the solid selection of tequilas which you’ll be mad not to explore. Handily served in 25ml measures as standard, it is definitely worth sorting yourself out with a little lasting flight. Sangrita isn’t listed, presumably as a means of identifying those in the know, but will be gratefully delivered on request.
The cocktail list itself is but 6 drinks long and boasts a classic and Cadillac Margarita, Tequila Sunrise, Bloody Maria, Daiquiri and Cuba Libre. Others like the Paloma will pop up on the specials board. None will be served in fancy glassware, none will be deconstructed to a combination of foams and gels, none will come with a garnish that evokes similar wonderment as when you first saw a carved watermelon in a Thai restaurant. These are proper old school cocktails at their best. There is, you see, nowhere to hide when you’re shaking tequila, triple sec and lime juice together and serving straight up (or on the rocks if you’re a real traditionalist). Not that this bar needs anywhere to hide, the cocktails might not cause you to worship them for their creativity, but you’ll be too busy enjoying them to worry about it.
In an age where creativity and innovation is all too often the be all and end all of cocktail-making, it is refreshing to come across a bar that couldn’t give a monkeys and is sticking firmly to what it knows best; long may that continue.