What do you get when you mix FGV, Google and a Mexican restaurant in Central London? A whole lot of delicious fun, that’s what!
I was recently approached by Google+ Local to host a vegan event in the capital. Of course you know all about Google+ Local, right? Local is a fully integrated way to share your experiences, read reviews, view maps, browse businesses and immerse yourself (and your friends) in your local area. I am already swamped by social media but I am slowly getting to grips with Local.
I’m glad Google asked me to get involved with organising a vegan event as it has been a great way to sink my teeth into their new service. I have been writing reviews for my favourite London locations, as well as contemplating the idea of hosting a hangout. If you like the idea of exploring your local area via Local, read all about it here.
But what about the event? Read on!
Mestizo is a smart-looking restaurant perched a few minutes stroll from Warren Street station. With a staggering range of tequilas on offer and a separate vegan menu for compassionate eaters, it is a venue I can imagine becoming extremely familiar with in the future.
Our Google group was fed tequila and mouthwatering delights until we could barely cope. Bubbling dishes and scrumptious tortillas gave us an authentic feel for Mexican cuisine and the knowledgable staff made sure we came away with a better understanding of the culture and food.
Our host for the night started us off in grand style with a superb tequila tasting session. Some members of the group found it a little hard going so of course I stepped in to help them out. I’m not against telling you how much tequila I consumed, it’s just that I can’t recall. All I can impart to you is that I adore tequila even more than I did before the event.
The vegan menu at Mestizo is a special collection of food indeed. Our group adored the crispy empanadas, potato-stuffed flautas and the selection of salsas positioned around our table. In my eyes, the crowning glory of the plant-based menu is the Molcajete ‘Mestizo’. This house specialty of vegetables mixed with gorgeous sauces is delivered bubbling to the table in a huge volcanic stone bowl. It is as much fun to watch as it is to scoop up its delicious contents with soft tortillas.
The evening came to a perfect close with a selection of refreshing and perfectly-crafted sorbets. The tequila sorbet comes highly recommended. But you knew I would say that, right?
If you enjoy delicious and exciting vegan food, I imagine I will see you at Mestizo in the near future. That is if I don’t bump into you on Google+ Local first.
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