Fun Mexican joining the Exmouth Market food scene.
It’s all a bit Mexican-by-numbers at this Exmouth Market restaurant, where somebody has been let loose with fruity tablecloths, several litres of vibrant wall paint and a collection of shrines to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Large booths and tables cement Cielo Blanco as a fiesta destination, although it wouldn’t be Exmouth Market without a few pavement-side tables for dining couples.
The array of Mexican standards on the menu is overwhelming, and staff do little to help the decision process with an ‘it’s all good’ attitude. Luckily, a sharing option (the ‘street food experience’, as they call it) lets you select six dishes between two so you can try a bit of everything. And some of it’s really quite good.
If I could, I’d have plunged my whole body into the queso fundido, a thick and pungent cheese-and-chorizo-spiked dip, and I enjoyed the crunch from beer-battered fish tacos with a lime-heavy relish that cut through it all. Less impressive were over-seasoned black bean tostadas and under-seasoned chorizo-and-squash flautas. And on the whole, everything could have done with a bit more chilli heat. But value for money couldn’t be faulted, and a lot of thought has gone into the list of Mexican drinks to wash it all down. So the search for excelente Mexican food in the capital continues. But top marks to Cielo Blanco for plying party-ready punters with cheap eats and tequila.
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A taste of Mexicana in Farringdon!! 3 of us visited on a weekday evening- great atmosphere. There was a small wait for a table as we hadn't booked but we were able to enjoy a margarita and a great street corn dip at the bar. Our waitress explained the menu clearly and we were advised to share as much as possible. We went for three street foods items- the mushroom quesadilla, fish tacos and the ceviche. All super fresh and finger licking good. We then went for the pork sharing board which was a feast indeed. Crispy pork and lots of garnishes to make your own tortillas. Ended up in the tequila snug bar down stairs. The roasted pineapple mezcal is a must try! Some talented bartenders indeed and I look forward to my next trip. Thanks Cielo Blanco for a great first experience.