Breddos Tacos

Restaurants, Mexican Old Street
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A permanent spot for the stalwart taco traders.

Space-wise, Breddos Tacos’ spanking new Clerkenwell hub may only be a slight upgrade from their former home at Dinerama, but the teensy spot still marks a helluva leap from those market origins. Potted succulents, bold prints and a wall of disco records colour up the busy room, with informal, communal seating options to suit what is still ostensibly street food.

First up: queso fundido, a melted cheese dish with green chorizo, a subtler alternative to the typical ancho-heavy sausage. I enjoyed the twist, but the bubbling queso rapidly solidified at room temperature, so no dithering. From here on in, tacos dominate the menu. Make no mistake – these are some of the most creative soft shells in town, blending trad Mexican salsas with global ingredients: from the masa fried chicken, made famous in their stall days, to a pig’s head cochinita pibil, the nicely fatty meat served with a fiery Mayan ‘x ni pek’ salsa.

A wood grill adds further intrigue. We shared smoky ribeye beef, pink medallions splayed across two tortillas, served with shiitake mushrooms and a tangy IPA salsa – mild and earthy flavours in place of your usual chilli and lime.

The standout was a pulpo-topped tostada, the crunch of the tortilla clashing beautifully with slippery chunks of octopus, punchy Sichuan flavours balancing with rich bone marrow and acidic black vinegar. Yup, these guys are tearing up the cookbook.

Breddos is still getting up to speed (quite literally when it comes to the music, with long silences between tunes), and some of the staff lacked a grasp of the menu’s fundamentals. But holy guacamole, are they shaking up an already healthy taco scene. Never mind Mexican, this is cross-continental food geekery.

By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Breddos Tacos
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Address: 82 Goswell Rd
London
EC1V 7DB
Opening hours: Mon-Sat midday-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sun closed.
Transport: Tube: Barbican
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.
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Renee S
tastemaker

A few mates of mine dropped into Breddos Tacos for their mash up with Anglo Thai (sous chef for Som Saa)


What we had: 

  • Chicharrón with preserved shrimp, wild garlic and serrano chile salsa
  • curried cauliflower taco with blackened pineapple nahm prik
  • northern thai spiced larp taco with anglo asian mushrooms and coriander flower 
  • midnight fried chicken with roasted chilli jam and thai basil
  • mekong whiskey carne asada with anglo herbs, galangal nahm prik
  • leche fritter with pandan leaf cajeta
  • margarita bucket

I first stumbled upon Breddos Tacos when I was living in Haggerston, they had a residency next to the canal and as soon as I had their fish tacos, I was hooked; so t’s not surprising that they’ve gone from strength to strength, and now with a permanent establishment. They make the best fish taco’s - delicately fried crunchy morsels of fish with a great tang; so naturally, I was really eager to see what magic this mashup would bring, given Som Saa is also another favourite of mine (the best thai around, with a more authentic thai chilli level, for those who like spice!). 

The chicharrón were average to be honest - I’ve had homemade chicharrón which were out of control (it did take three days to make!). The most stand out dish was the carne asada - the meat was so tender, herbs fresh and crisp and a great amount of kick in spice. The fried chicken was also a favourite with it’s light batter and moorish spices. The other tacos were good, but didn’t stand out as much as the carne aside and the fried chicken. Those margarita buckets were nice and strong too! Overall a great boisterous experience and would definitely be looking out for more mashups in the future.


Tip: do drop in early to get a table, and they also do takeaway - win! Make sure to check out their Instagram for more future mashup events.


Good For: small groups, quick feed, catch up with friends, casual lunch/ dinner, casual date night.

Jenni H
tastemaker

There is no doubt that Breddos know they are doing well. At Dinerama they were hugely popular and the new Old St venue is capitalising on their current on trend position. Firstly the venue is small and you can't book, so even getting through the door is a challenge. I'd recommend going as a couple and being prepared to wait 15mins for a table. Once you're in, the staff are friendly and the vibe is 100% cool. But it's the tacos that people come here for, so what would I recommend? Well, the baja fish and pork belly were probably my favourites, with the fried chicken close behind. All their tacos were good, but whether their worth the £4 price I'm not sure. The price is the main issue I have with Breddos. For a food that is traditionally eaten outdoors, on the go, shared in abundance with friends, these tacos are going to cost you. I couldn't afford a drink, as I chose to rather try more tacos and sample the cuisine Breddos is known for. It's a shame as they haven't really captured the right vibe in this new permanent venue. As it's so busy you can feel a bit rushed to leave, and as it's so expensive you tend to go for a quick in and out meal, maybe Breddos is best suited to the Dinerama esque pop up style, we'll see...

David A

Really disappointing.  Called in advance to make sure we would be able to order take out for 8 people for a meeting and was told it wouldn't be possible until 1:30pm.  I rescheduled the meeting, but when I went in in person to order, was told they wouldn't be able to do take out at all that day.  Had to frantically re arrange lunch for 8 people at the last minute. I'm sure the tacos are delicious, but don't get take out!

Jennifer S
Tastemaker

Fantastic-tasting tacos and this is coming from a taco snob. I got the sweet potato and egg tacos and the prawn tostada and was very impressed with all my options, tastewise. Lovely corn tortillas filled to the brim with ingredients and a good amount of prawns on the crunchy tostada. The sweet potato in particular had a strong spice to it that made my eyes water briefly but it was very tasty. Each comes with a lime wedge. 


Our server was mostly on point in such a crammed, busy, LOUD place. He was very jokey with us which helped. Orders can take a bit to arrive so just keep that in mind.


My only grip was with the wine servings- such a teeny tiny pour for 4 pounds! The white wine was decent; not overtly dry as I would have liked but not too sweet. The margaritas were lovely but filled with too much ice.


Keep in mind like I said before this place is LOUD. if you sit at the communal table in the centre, be prepared to raise your voice significantly and lean close to hear your mates. 


My final gripe is about the prices at £3.5 for one taco abouts or £7 for one tostada. It adds up quickly as the tacos are not large. 

Dee
Tastemaker

Tacos are just becoming a thing in London and I love seeing new taco restaurants pop up in every neighbourhood because those little bites of Mexican goodnesses are one of my favourite things to eat in the world. So I was ecstatic when I found out the Dinerama staple Breddos Tacos were opening a permanent site. When I finally paid a visit to their new location the atmosphere was great; with cosy, small tables, dimmed lights and colourful food - how a Mexican taco joint should be. When it came to food, I couldn't help but compare them to the tacos I had in the USA and did not feel the same magic. As I remembered how life changing the fried fish tacos from a little truck in LA for 2 dollars were, I couldn't help but expect the same experience with every new taco I tried but nothing was mind blowing. Still a good fun fiesta vibe to go back to accompany a margarita or two.