El Pastor in London’ Soho is the chififth taqueria from EP founders Sam and James Hart, Crispin Somerville and executive chef Marvin Jones. Upstairs among the hanging plants and tiles find signature tortillas (made with Mexican corn) topped with cochinita pibil, short rib or crispy duck; tostadas piled with tuna, scallops or chicken tinga; and tacos including a beer-battered pollock version. The basement bar, Mezcaleria El Colmillo, is named after the nightclub Sam and Crispin ran in the 90s and 00s in Mexico City. Expect a full list of mezcal and tequila.
A native Mexican plant where the bulbous root is eaten. The flesh is crisp like an apple with a nutty, sweet flavour. It is usually eaten raw or lightly cooked.
This is a popular spicing and colouring blend that is made from annatto seeds, cumin, coriander, black pepper and oregano. As well as spicing a dish, it gives it a vibrant red colour from the annatto seeds.
Also called pork neck, this is a group of muscles that run from the jowl of the pig, through the neck to the shoulder. It is a versatile cut with really good marbling that can be grilled and served blushing pink or slow-cooked until meltingly tender.
Available from Mexican and Southeast Asian grocers, banana leaves are used to seal in ingredients, and they trap in steam, flavours and aromas, concentrating them.
El Pastor recipes
Transport yourself to Mexico with esquites, a charred sweetcorn side dish topped with punchy jalapeño mayonnaise and cool mozzarella.
Slow-cooked until meltingly tender, this pork dish originates from Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula - serve with tortillas and lime for a sharing-style feast.