Tortilleria El Pastor opens 13th February with a soft launch on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April.
Sam and James Hart and Crispin Somerville, today confirm that new tortilla factory and taco bar, Tortilleria El Pastor will open on Friday 13th April 2018 at 106 Druid Street, SE1 2HH. There will be a soft launch with 50% off food in the taco bar on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April.
The tortilleria, or tortilla factory, will make fresh tortillas from scratch every day, using Mexican heirloom corn (maize). These tortillas will be available to take away, along with freshly made El Pastor salsas, fresh tomatillos, serranos, jalapenos and other fresh chillies, Mexican style cheeses from Gringa Dairy, tortilla presses, mezcal, Mexican beers; all the essentials for preparing Mexican food at home.
The taco bar will also serve up freshly-made, warm tortillas in a short menu of tacos, including the namesake Al Pastor. For a sweeter snack, there will be the El Pastor favourite, the EP Bounty Bar.
The taco bar will also serve Mexican beers and El Pastor’s first batch of its own mezcal, made in partnership with Mexico’s La Clandestina mezcaleria and their master mezcalero, Don Guillermo Abad. This mezcal will also be able to take away.
As with the original Stoney Street restaurant, all tortillas will be made using heirloom corn sourced in collaboration with partners, Tamoa, in Mexico. Tamoa seeks out the increasingly few farmers preserving and cultivating native Mexican corn, linking them with restaurants in Mexico and beyond, and ensuring they are compensated fairly for protecting the country’s bio-cultural heritage.
El Pastor believes strongly that this native corn is on a far superior level in terms of flavour and nutritional value to the growing type of cheaper, transgenic grains, and that the resulting tortillas are profoundly different.
Tortilleria El Pastor will seat 26 within its taco bar, 20 at tables and 6 at high stools. The design, led by James Hart, is utilitarian and pared back, but with the atmospheric festoon lighting, characteristic of the Stoney Street restaurant.
Friday: 12-3pm, 5-10pm
Saturday: 12-3pm, 5-10pm