During international Margarita week we were invited down to Peyotito to try one of their Margaritas and a selection of their dishes. Based in Notting Hill, we were expecting nothing but class when we stepped in Peyotito and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is stunningly dignified, yet had that friendly warmth present that made us want to sit down and spend an entire evening just soaking up the atmosphere while we drank cocktails and sampled the dishes.
Bruno, the manager welcomed us to our table and recommended we try the classic Peyotito Margarita. Actually Bruno was a God send during our entire visit, as we relied on him to suggest the best dishes to consume. The Margarita was fabulously refreshing and the little bottle of Mescal you added to your drink was adorable.
We started with TOSTADA DE ATUN (yellowfin tuna, salsa macha, guacamole, homemade tostada). There’s something about Raw tuna that tastes so much better than cooked tuna and this dish was definitely proof of this. The fresh yellowfin tuna was complemented by the Salsa Macha and guacamole perfectly. There was just so many flavour hits to this dish that taste explosions were going off in our mouths with every bite.
After our fabulous first course, it was time for the VERDE VUELVE A LA VIDA (market seafood, celery, green apple, pumpkin seeds). Now I love ceviche but my friend had never tried it before. So when Bruno recommended this dish to us, I knew we had to try it. Our mouths were going in to sensory overload with the spectacular flavours of the dish. I loved the tingly tartness of this dish and it didn’t last long on both our plates.
Next up was the TACO DE RES (braised beef, serrano chille, salsa verde in baby gem lettuce). We had both never had tacos in lettuce before and I must say it was inspired. Definitely will have to try this at home. The spiciness of the chillie wasn’t overly powerful and the crispiness of the lettuce gave it that something extra.
Our final savoury dish of the evening was the POLLO CON MOLE NEGRO (grilled poussin, parsnip pure, sesame seed). This was our least favourite of the savoury dishes because it was quite mild compared to the exotic flavours from the other dishes. It was still something special though and didn’t last long on our plates.
Before we went to leave we had to try the two desserts that were recommended. We went with the MARSCAPONE CHEESECAKE (w/ cactus fig compote & vanilla ice cream) and CHURRO CON CHOCOLATE (traditional pastry, cinnamon sugar, chocolate sauce). Both were utter perfection. However, it was the Mascarpone Cheesecake which was the winner of the dessert championship tonight The sweetness of the cheesecake mixed with the extraordinary cactus fig compote was such a striking mixture. Every bite was a mouthful of pleasure.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Peyotito. Upstanding service and amazing food. Plus the atmosphere was welcoming and relaxing. Make sure you book your next dinner there, your taste buds will thank you!
Reporter: Tegan LeBon
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31 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2EU
Notting Hill, London
020 7043 1400
Monday to Thursday: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – midnight
Friday: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 1am
Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 11am – 10:30pm