Harts Group have announced that a Soho El Pastor will open in June 2021, on the former HIX site; the menu will feature the dishes familiar to fans of the SE1 original, plus "new fiery seafood tostadas and crispy duck tacos" and a Mezcaleria basement bar.
Harden's survey result
“The tacos are tasty and the margaritas are fab” at this “fun and feisty” Mexican duo – part of the Hart Bros’ empire (with the Borough Market original still being much more commented on than its Soho sibling, which opened in 2021 on the former site of Hix). “Sometimes the service is a little overwhelmed by how busy the place gets”, and the “cheerful” ambience can be a bit “chaotic” as a result.
“A fun spot in Borough Market” – the original “buzzing” branch of the Hart Bros’ Mexican duo wins praise for its “tasty tacos”, “packed with smoky flavour and a good punch of heat”, although even fans often note that it feels “a little pricey for what it is”. In June 2021 (after our survey had concluded), a striking new Soho flagship was launched using the space vacated by Hix (RIP), comprising an 86-cover ground floor (terrazzo tiles, muted walls, chandeliers and hanging plants) and 60-cover basement (‘Mezcaleria El Colmillo,’ named after the nightclub Sam and Crispin Hart ran in the ’90s and ’00s in Mexico City).
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