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Food review: Cielo Blanco, Exmouth Market

PUBLISHED: 14:46 03 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:27 03 August 2016

Cielo Blanco. Picture: Justin Gardner

Cielo Blanco. Picture: Justin Gardner

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The pristine Exmouth Market is arguably Islington’s most desirable high street. And that status has only been boosted by superb new Mexican restaurant Cielo Blanco.

Mexican menus are often restricted and predictable: burritos/enchiladas/quesadillas with chicken/beef/pork.

But Cielo Blanco is a refreshing change with its huge street food offering.

My friend and I enjoyed dishes such as chorizo picante and potato tostadas (crispy fried corn tortillas) to slow-cooked goat pibil flautas (rolled corn tacos).

Though traditional mains are available, the menu’s emphasis is very much on tapas-style sharing. We went for the “street food experience”: sharing a selection of six dishes (there’s dozens to choose from).

For two people not enjoying food review privileges, this would cost £27. A little pricy?

Absolutely not.

Each fresh and flavoursome dish is deceptively big with four little portions. So that’s 12 each. It’s like eating one-and-a-half mains, meaning it’s well worth your £13.50.

Aside from the delicious food, it’s worth mentioning that Cielo Blanco also doubles as a trendy drinking venue.

Before stuffing ourselves in the ground floor restaurant, we were whisked to its swanky basement bar. With an extensive cocktail menu, it’s definitely worth stopping by on a Friday or Saturday night.

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