An unassuming taco specialist on Soho’s Poland Street.
‘The trouble with some London taquerias,’ explained our waiter, ‘is that portions can be a bit small. We try to be generous.’ That’s Corazon for you. An honest, unassuming spot at the unsexy end of Poland Street, it offers hospitality in the old-school sense, sending you off into the cold night air with that warm feeling of having been well looked after, with both belly and soul full and with your wallet refreshingly unviolated.
The look is ‘cosy first restaurant’: plain, simple, sincere. Walls are whitewashed and unadorned, the floor a herringbone parquet, tables of the wipe-clean type. The lights were a little bright, sure, but there was a lively, laidback buzz to the place. Relaxed. Happy. In the peach-and-avocado loo, they were playing ‘California Soul’.
And ‘generous’ their tacos are. The ‘baja fish’ option was so replete, you could barely pick it up. Built on a base of all-the-rage ‘blue’ tortilla (more the colour of grey stone-washed denim circa 1990), it was piled high with two kinds of shredded cabbage – bringing sweetness, tang and crunch – plus a deliciously piquant chipotle mayo. On top, the crowning glory: a fat slab of golden beer-battered fish with a meaty, juicy centre. Also excellent was the carne asada: another blue corn tortilla, this time smeared with smooth avocado, then loaded with slivers of pink pickled onion, shredded lettuce and succulent morsels of orange-and-soy-marinated hanger steak.
Away from the tacos, there are a few other don’t-miss, comfort food options. Like the esquites. They make this traditional sweetcorn-and-cheese street food snack by grilling whole cobs of corn, then stripping off the blistered, blackened kernels, adding dry spices, chilli mayo (made with aromatic guajillo chillis), a hit of lime and crumbled cow’s milk cheese. It’s a sweet, smoky, cheesy, moreish mess. For afters, be sure to get the coconut flan: it’s unashamedly syrupy and decadent, just like you’d get in Mexico. It’s even enough to convert the most ardent of coconut-haters (once they’ve recovered from the sugar hit).
There were some low points, though: the too-salty crab on a tostada (the tuna option is better, though in truth, neither is as good as the tacos) and an excessively dry dish of rice and beans. Corazon is by no means perfect. But its benevolent approach to portion sizes, coupled with genial service, is sure to win this humble spot plenty of fans.
Tacos feature proudly at the heart of the menu. All the tortillas are made freshly in house, visibly in the dining room. Alongside this, Corazon offers a selection of shareable botanas (snacks), tostadas, and shareable platos mayores (bigger plates).
A concise drinks list offers the very best margaritas, other cocktails, and aguas frescas – all made entirely from fresh onsite. On the weekends Corazon offers London’s finest Mexican brunch, serving huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and a selection of breakfast tacos.
Laura, a native Texan via NYC, designed and opened Corazon, combining her love of Mexican food with her experience in some of the UK’s most celebrated pubs and restaurants. Paul, with 20 years cooking experience in London’s best kitchen, leads the brigade; he developed Corazon’s menu over several journeys through Mexico’s distinct culinary regions, and drives up the California Coast.
29 Poland St
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £80.|
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I went to this place based on Timeout top 10 in which it rightfully deserves it's place!!
The atmosphere is sooo warming and lively. The Food is incredible with a strong mix of flavours and fresh produce.
What made it for me was the service, so friendly and made the best recommendations :)
Doing my usual google the menu beforehand so that I can prep my tastebuds, and I was so excited to find this traditional mexican taco menu! For only being open 13 months I was amazed at how busy this little spot just off Oxford street was on a Monday night.. Then all the food came out and I quickly understood why it is so busy. The flavours were so fresh and delicious, and everything was served with a smile and friendly service. I cannot recommend the fish and lamb tacos enough, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. I am not much of a fresh tuna fan, but I gave the tuna starter a go and it too was scrumptious. As I am on Dry Jan I couldn't enjoy a salt rimmed margherita, so the staff suggested one of their iced teas instead which was a perfect blend of flavors. On my way out they then gave me a card to come back in February for a free margharita! And last but certainly not least, the dessert. Oh my word. I have a big sweet tooth, and chocolate is normally always my go to, and whilst the chocolate cake was absolutely divine, the coconut flan was irresisitable. We were sharing it across the table and I wanted to order another just for me it was so delicious! Cannot wait to come back here - it will easily be one of my new favorite spots, and definitely worth battling the oxford street traffic for.
By far the best tacos in London. From the welcome to the moment you leave, the service is proper old school hospitality. You want to stay forever drinking margaritas and eating your way through the menu. Perfect spot for shopping on Oxford Street and then recovering afterwards. Baja fish tacos and esquites are a must.
Went on a Tuesday night and it was very busy so best to book. Fish tacos were for me the best dish of the menu. Good Mexican food but given everything I read about the place I was expecting something more outstanding.