The Blues managed to beat tonight’s opponents twice last season on their march to Germany and, while the Eagles have marked time since, the prize money from last term’s sojourn has seen the team from SW6 improve their ranks – particularly in the shape of the mercurial Eden Hazard. If all was fair and straightforward in this game, interim-manager Rafa Benitez would be presenting European football’s second-tier trophy to owner Abramovich as a leaving present, but this is football and we all know anything can happen…
This Mexican dining room and bar on Commercial Street is the sister branch to the flagship Lupita over in Soho. Much like its sibling, this laid-back east London restaurant brings an authentic slice of the taquería to London, with a traditional Mexican vibe to match the food and drinks. The menu ranges from tacos and tostadas to burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and specials, such as a a selection of ceviche plates, arrachera steaks and panuchos de cochinita pibil - a dish of slow-roasted pork marinated and cooked to a technique dating back to Mayan times. It comes served on corn tortillas with refried beans and red pickled onions. Churros, a Mayan chocolate cake and flan de cajeta feature on the dessert list. There's an impressive subterranean bar for those looking to settle in. Cocktails boast a Mexican bent - not least the many margaritas - but there are mojitos, caipirinhas and cuba libres, as well as the Lupita take on a bloody mary - the vodka is replaced with mezcal. A suitably extensive range of tequilas is available, too.
Venue says: “Check out our weekday two-course lunch menu for just £9.95. And we now take bookings for groups of two or more. Go to our website to book!”