Corazón, a cosy new Soho taqueria is making (Mexican) waves with its SoCal cuisine and cool diner vibes. Inspired by Mexico City’s Condesa neighbourhood, Corazón is a new venture from Laura Sheffield, who arrived in London via her native Texas and New York City; and has spent over ten years here in top positions at well-respected pubs and restaurants, including Corbin & King eateries Fischer’s and The Riding House Café.
Chef Paul Daniel’s menu rides high on the influence of extensive travels through Mexico and along the Californian coast; whilst it focuses on ten signature tacos, there are ceviches, tostadas, and a few daily specials also thrown into the mix. Epic fillings include 12-hour slow roast lamb rib, neck and shoulder, pasilla rub, new potatoes, mint and tomatillo salsa; and a house-made green chorizo, confit onions, coriander, salsa verde. Taco shells arrive via the in-house tortilla machine, and margaritas do what margaritas do.
The interior features a palate of subtle shades of mint and white; terracotta tile floors add a dose of the Hispanic, and a concrete-topped terrazzo bar sets the stage for plenty of action. It’s all been nicely put together by designer Katy Manolescue of Article Design (behind such handsome projects as BAO Fitzrovia and Hoppers Soho), who looked to the faded glamour of L.A. and Mexico City’s art deco aesthetic as inspiration.