VIBRANT NEW RESTAURANT AND BAR CONCEPT LOS MOCHIS ARRIVES THIS MAY
Opening in Notting Hill on 17th May, Los Mochis restaurant and bar is the ultimate Pan- Pacific pairing, mixing Mexican spirit with Japanese elegance, Mexican art and design with Japanese coolness and Mexican flavours with Japanese techniques.
These two culinary powerhouses meet here in truly inspirational style: the hands-on fun of classic MexiCali dishes is taken to a new level with the clean, fresh flavours of Asian ingredients treated with respect and integrity.
From dawn until dusk – and beyond – you’ll find the Los Mochis team busily creating elevated street food with neighbourhood heart and soul that is tailor-made for sharing.
Get the day off to the best possible start with an incredible display of dishes, whether your taste runs to the nutritious Acai Bowl (banana, apple, chia seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries, toasted coconut) or the more indulgent El Rey Taco (truffled scrambled eggs with roasted cheese).
From lunchtime through to nightfall, why not take your pick from the 22-strong Taco Menu? (Sure, the canvas might be soft corn tortillas – or for the more health-conscious lettuce wraps – but the ingredients they enclose are something else.) From Trailer Park Chicken TPC (fried chicken, guacamole, jalapeno-soy, habanero-gochujang, negi, parsnip chips) to Miso Black Cod (avocado, chicory, ume miso salsa, jalapeno, sweet potato crisp) and Yakiniku Steak (garlic-ginger steak, red pepper, sesame, negi), the traditionally humble taco is elevated to gourmet levels.
Complementing this line-up is an equally innovative and ground-breaking array of Ceviches, Tostadas, Tiraditos and, of course, Quesadillas (with the spinach & artichoke, vegan cheese, jalapenos, fried garlic destined to become a particular favourite). There’s even a selection of Maki Rolls inspired by the team’s extensive and award-winning Japanese experience.
Finally onto the desserts, which can be forgiven for their bias towards a more Latin American heritage. Think Churro Ice Cream Sando, Tarta de Merengue de Ancho Chile Limón and the insanely delectable Cajeta de Dulce de Leche Fondant. Just forget about the calories!
Los Mochis is not billed as a Tequileria for nothing – here you’ll find one of the most interesting selections of small batch artisanal agaves in town. These in turn are put to work in a collection of hand-crafted signature cocktails, among them the Late-Night Martini (Ocho Blanco, lychees, vanilla, lemongrass, lime, jalapenos), the smoky and picante Mezcal Haze Paloma (Mezcal, grapefruit, lime, syrup, sparkling water) and the delectably naughty Shinigami (Ciroc vodka, sake, fresh cucumber, jalapeno, lemongrass, passionfruit sugar, apple juice). Guests can even dip their toes into Mexico’s national drink with a tequila or mezcal tasting flight.
That said, Los Mochis hasn’t forgotten its Japanese roots. You’ll also find a rich variety of sakes on the drinks menu too.
The backdrop against which all of this can be savoured is equally compelling. The overall design of both the ground floor dining room and the first-floor lounge is saturated with elements of rustic authentic Mexican culture balanced with a fusion of elegant, warm and sophisticated Japanese touches. Rough surfaces are softened by subtle ambient lighting and stark finishes offset by warm timbers and cognac leathers.
With a 20-cover terrace and full length bi-fold windows, Los Mochis is also the perfect neighbourhood destination for al fresco eating, drinking and socialising.
Walking the fine line between elevated casual and fine dining is a hard trick to pull off, but in the hands of multi-award winning restaurateur Markus Thesleff – the man who quite literally changed the F&B landscape of the Middle East with legendary ventures such as OKKU and CLAW – this contemporary, art-filled and design-led space will be home to amazing experiences, incredible memories and innovative food.
It’s no coincidence that Thesleff chose Notting Hill for his triumphant return to the capital. For the neighbourhood’s close-knit, multi-cultural and art-enamoured community perfectly reflects Los Mochis’ founding principle of Familia. This ethos starts with taking care of its own Familia; then in turn, the Familia will take care of guests. And, from there, they’ll all build that spirit of what the Mexicans call Comunidad – not just for the neighbourhood but beyond through the “Los Mochis Gives Back” project, which will see the restaurant working with local charities to provide a meal for the less fortunate and vulnerable for every one purchased by a guest.
Elegant yet relaxed, cool yet friendly, edgy yet approachable, Los Mochis offers mucho, mucho more than a celebration of Mexican and Japanese cuisine and culture.
Los Mochis will be open daily from 8am-midnight.
Los Mochis, 2 Farmer Street, London W8 7SN