In May, things start getting pretty rosy around these parts. Gone are short days of winter, and in its place we welcome late sunsets, warmer weather and an influx of bank holidays to enjoy. We can basically taste the summer months so, in essence, it’s a time to celebrate.
Come May 6, you’ll have just the place to do that, as London sees the highly-anticipated launch of the debut restaurant from Mexican chef Adriana Cavita to Wigmore Street. We’ve been told to expect an experience that encapsulates the sights, sounds and smells of Mexico, while telling the story of Cavita’s heritage and how she learned to cook.
Cavatina’s menu starts off with a “raw” selection of appetisers, which will change depending on the fish in season, and will celebrate the “wealth of British seafood on offer with Mexican flavour profiles of chilli, lime and smoke. Expect dishes such as Carlingford Rock Oysters with Clamato oil and jalapeno vinaigrette.
Plus, you’ll find an entire section of the menu dedicated to street food. As you might expect, this means some seriously delicious-sounding tacos, including the Baja fish taco, which is comprised of hake in masa tempura with smoked cabbage escabeche.
There will also be some lesser-known options available in this section, which includes the particularly intriguing Tetelas, a “Oaxacan stuffed masa snack made with blue corn and served with roasted potato, salsa tatemada and house made queso fresco as well as Tlayuda – often referred to at the Oaxacan pizza – with chargrilled pumpkin, Oaxaca beans, nacha sauce, Somerset cheddar and duck fat.”
On top of this, guests can also try the large sharing platters. I’m pretty smitten with the sound of one dish in particular dish: the Serandeado whole fish. This is made up with a whole brill cooked over hot coals with morita chilli pasta, but you’ll also be able to get whole fed chicken or barbecued octopus plates if this doesn’t take your fancy.
Complimenting the diverse menu is the cosy dining room touched with the textures, materials and colour palette of of Mexico, and featuring plenty of cacti and plants. You’ll even have the chance to book at the “top table”, which is served by chef Adriana Cavita herself, and offers the best view of the kitchen.
After your meal, guests can take a drink downstairs which is occupied by Mayahuel. The mezcal and cocktail offers plenty of perfectly crafted drinks as well as antojitos (snack plates).