Hackney Mare Street has always been a vibrant diverse cultural mix of communities welcoming the new and bringing with it an array of restaurants and international flavours. New Mexican restaurant, Caldera swung open their door this week! The term Caldera derives from the Spanish term “cooking pot” and also refers to ‘cauldron like volcanic hollows’, an apt name for a restaurant that aims to deliver a menu exploding with a melting pot of flavours.
Mexican food is synonymous with healthy fresh ingredients and colourful flavoursome dishes. Caldera promises ‘honest creative and playful food that pushes the boundaries of Mexican cuisine’. With globally influenced dishes and a menu that takes a unique twist to the usual classics, it’s definitely a restaurant to taco ‘bout.
Asia seems to be the main inspiration, with fusion dishes including baja style fish tacos with a chipotle aioli and ao-nori seaweed and mole-miso lamb cutlets. Other signature dishes to savour include chicilo ash marinated grilled octopus with hibiscus & yuzu kosho aioli. Vegetarians and vegans can expect favourites including starters such as padron peppers with maldon salt and mains such as romanesco broccoli dressed with an ajillo yellow bean sauce. Sweet tooth’s can delight in freshly fried churros with indulgent dulce de leche, the epitome of street food treats.
Quench your thirst with a range of Mexican beers and soft drinks. For cocktail lovers, Caldera’s mixologist will be serving up the classics including Margaritas and Pina Coladas alongside some creative concoctions such as Carmencita (Tequila, Grapefruit, Cranberry, Lemon); across a colourful decoupage bar featuring vintage Mexican postcards, which will have you dreaming of a Mexican sunset.
Caldera aims to create an atmospheric, warm and relaxed vibe, the décor infused with rich hues of raven plume, interesting artwork by Hackney based street artist Skeleton Cardboard, low hanging lighting interspersed with retro pendants in the inviting window booths; a perfect spot to hang out day and night.
Grab some friends and head down to Caldera pronto! They are currently offering 50% off your bill from 7th – 17th November. Let’s not ‘burrito around the bush’, this is a Mexican dining and drinking experience not to be missed.
Address: Unit 8 Monohaus, 143 Mare Street, E8 3FW
Written by: Eboni Addoh