Mexican food, oh how I love thee. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite food in the whole wide world. It is an often overlooked cuisine in favour of its fancier counterparts, but there really is nothing better than getting stuck in to a stack of quesadillas or a bowl of fresh guacamole, in my humble opinion.
My quest for the best Mexican food in Bristol has brought me to a name which I had heard a great deal about on social media, but had yet to try for myself, despite numerous pop-ups here, there, and everywhere in the city over the past year or so. The Plumed Serpent Cantina took over Mathilda’s chilli bar a little over a month ago, and myself and the boy popped down on their opening night to eagerly see what they were all about.
This was, without a single shadow of a doubt, the best Mexican food I have ever eaten.
We started with a big bowl of guacamole and homemade tortilla chips and some beverages to whet our appetites. The pinky drink I forget the name of, but it had copious amounts of strong alcohol and went down faaaar too quicky. Tom settled for another brilliant Bristol indie brand – a hoppy beer by the excellent Wiper & True.
We pretty much ordered one of everything which didn’t have meat in it, and were completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of food and the absolutely superb quality of it.
Black bean quesadillas were followed by crispy fish tacos, corn fritters with chipotle mayo, spicy chipotle slaw, and my favourite – refried black beans, topped with feta. We even munched all this down and ordered some more quesadillas and their veggie special of cauliflower tacos, because we were feeling particularly greedy this evening.
The tortillas which envelop their tasty centres are obviously homemade, and the taste difference to your average supermarket wrap doesn’t even need mentioning. They were lush. Whether encasing tasty beans and toasted to make a quesadilla or stuffed with crispy fish they were beyond delicious.
Everything that we ate screamed authenticity but with enough originality to make it truly Bristolian. I even hear whispers on Twitter of a kimchi quesadilla, which sounds like a taste sensation I need to try ASAP.
Despite being stuffed to the gills with delicious beany goodness, I had to try their flourless chocolate cake, served with homemade margarita ice cream. You can probably guess what I’m going to say about this; this did not let us down either, and has trumped Soukitchen’s rosewater cardamom cake as my favourite pud I have ever eaten.
I forced it down even though I could hear my heartbeat in my ears and my eyes were bulging. In fact, the whole evening can be summed up thusly:
The Plumed Serpent are at Mathilda’s until the 9th July, so get down there sharpish!