Santo Remedio, the bright, brisk Mexican restaurant from Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes, is coming back to Shoreditch after five years away. Having first opened in a tiny spot on Rivington Street and turned out some of the city’s most exciting tacos in an all-too-brief stint, the restaurant will open at 55 Great Eastern Street this September, replacing grab-and-go cafe Pod.
The duo announced the new restaurant in the brand’s newsletter, saying that “this corner of Shoreditch is our ode to the bustling taquerias of Mexico. Complete with all of your favourites from London Bridge, the Taqueria will feature rotating monthly specials as well as a colourful takeaway hatch serving an array of Mexican street-food favourites.”
While the Rivington Street original was very much focussed on snacks and tacos, with a blackboard often carrying the likes of pig ear tacos; octopus tostadas; and hibiscus quesadillas, the restaurant found larger space and added a charcoal grill when it opened on Tooley Street near London Bridge in 2017. This led to the introduction of large-format plates like barbacoa lamb shank; grilled seabass; and short rib priced by weight and served with mole. This service style has since appeared at the likes of Kol, Santiago Lastra’s outstanding opening in Marylebone, and the new El Pastor in Soho, in a city where small dishes tend to be king on Mexican menus.
Both the Diaz-Fuentes and Shoreditch diners will be hoping that the comeback is a successful one. More soon.