East London eats: DF/ MEXICO

August 25, 2014

Ee by gum...I have just come to the realisation that I haven't used my Oyster card in over two months.  Shall I analyse why? One, I no longer need to be physically present to do any of my shopping not when the delights of Oxford Street and beyond can be perused from the comfort of my favourite online portals ASOS, Selfridges, and The Outnet. Two, anytime I venture further than twenty minutes walking distance from my home I call an Uber. In fact I rely so much on Uber when I'm abroad (Lisbon, Paris, Rome) that when Uber launched in Kuala Lumpur I exploded with excitement only to remember that I drive in Malaysia anyway. Three, I live in Shoreditch. Everything I could ever want is just outside my doorstep; the art galleries of Vyner Street, Redchurch Street, Whitechapel Gallery, Hoxton but to name a few, Shoreditch House, and eateries for the intrepid gastronomical trend-followers (Byron Burger, Bukowski Burgers, and Honest Burger are all but thirty seconds from each other on Shoreditch High Street). I'm lucky to spend my twenties living in a vibrant, creative, and diverse neighbourhood and am determined to make the most of it by exploring more of it. By more I mean gastronomical offerings, and today I present to you my new favourite East London Mexican diner du jour DF/ Mexico.




" OUTSIDERS CALL IT MEXICO CITY. TO THOSE IN THE KNOW, ITS DISTRITO FEDERALTO.  
LOCALS, ITS SIMPLY DF. 
SHAPED BY TRADITIONAL FLAVOURS & MODERN AMERICAN INFLUENCES THIS IS A PLACE FOR REAL FAST FOOD: NYC TORTAS WITH SMASHED AVOCADO, HOME-COOKED FRIES DUSTED WITH CHILLI SALT; SLOW-COOKED TACOS SERVED FAST. FRESH, EXCITING, FEEL-GOOD.THIS IS A CRASH COURSE IN MODERN MEXICO."
DF/ Mexico opened three (four?) weeks ago in The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and has since firmly established itself as one of my favourite eateries. Not just for the Twitter banter I've enjoyed with them (here and here), but also for the food---mix and match tacos, endless refills of Mexican juices (hibiscus, lime & chia, horchata, an unusual but delicious milky drink that tastes like soya bean milk with a hint of cinnamon), ice-cream with popping candy toppings. That the decor is the sort of warehouse industrial chic that I daydream about but can't indulge in my decidedly un-loft-y space helps, as does being greeted by rows of succulent and cacti bearing terrariums upon entering and being presented with sachets of popping candy when you leave. The staff are friendly and helpful, their sunny yellow, bright pink, and turquoise tees matching to the pops of bright colours that accent the decor. Henry and I stuffed our faces with bottomless refills of juice (I liked the horchata and the lime & chia is especially refreshing), veggie nachos, steak & cheese alembres, grilled steak tacos, and soft-serve ice-cream topped with passionfruit and desiccated coconut. The bill came to around £40 and we left an hour later at 5pm in a hazy food coma, feeling full even the next morning. All in all I'd say that DF/ Mexico is a well-curated, thoughtfully presented diner with delicious offerings and good value for money. Flirt with them on Twitter and they might just let you take home one of the jars of succulents by the door.


























Outfit details---

British military overalls from Regimental Vintage / Chanel Le Boy / black leather Converse / YSL belt / vintage sunglasses.

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2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh - so hungry now! Think this is Thomasina Mayers (spelling!?!?!) new place? The food looks so good..

    Rosie xx

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  2. ROSIE YOU MUST GO. It's MORE than A Little Lusciousness ;) xx

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