The reason for our trip out was that our mate Ali was down for the weekend from Nottingham (incidentally, she's the editor for LeftLion a wicked culture mag there) so we needed to go somewhere special. All three of us loved it so this'll be a pretty short and sweet review. We ate some excellent Mexican food from a simple, delicious menu and loved every single morsel.
The simplicity of The Plumed Serpent spoke volumes to me, from printed paper menus (with items sold out scribbled through in pen) through to paper napkins, tins of cutlery and jars of home made salsa. The focus was very firmly on the food without a hint of style over substance.
The black bean with feta was a revelation, a great dip for tortillas and completely delicious. The guacamole was very heavy on the garlic (no problems with that here) and smooth in consistency, which made a nice change to the chunky way I tend to make it at home.
For our mains, we ordered three of the tacos—served in threes—meaning we could have one of each, each. We chose beef brisket with cheddar, chicken pibil with pink picked onions and deep fried fish with chipotle slaw.
Wow they were good. Soft, hand sized tacos each stuffed with their own distinct flavours. If I had to choose, I'd say that the fish was my favourite, but then, those pink pickled onions... and the beef brisket with cheddar and all those spicy fresh jalapeños? Nope, I can't call it.
At the end of our meal we chatted to one of the owners Ed. I'd read a little about their backstory and was pleased to meet him and find out more. The Plumed Serpent is the perfect example of a pop up. Started by a couple who just love cooking and in this case, love Mexican food too. Until recently they were both working full time in the medical profession but Ed told us that he's now quit his job to work on the food business full-time.
1) Support these guys in their mission by helping spread the word – give them a follow on twitter and instagram!
2) Get yourself up to The Hillgrove ASAP to sample what these guys have on offer. Their kitchen is open from 7pm Tuesday to Saturday until mid August. It won't break the bank and you'll be well impressed by the food. You don't want to miss it, although I have a feeling we've not heard the last of them.
*The Plumed Serpent Cantina did not know I was planning to review. We paid for our food and all opinions are my own*