I’ve avoided eating Mexican since I left California six years ago, apart from a trip to Tulum in 2013, which was excellent and my first real taste of the country’s local, regional food. But the rise of central and South American cuisine in the UK can’t be ignored – you just have to look at the number of restaurants focused on this part of the world, opening their doors to hungry folk looking for something different.
I was able to put my worries to one side when I had the pleasure of experiencing new Mexican cuisine from one of the chefs changing the country’s dining scene at the moment. Chef Diego Hernandez creates amazing dishes in his restaurant Corazon De Tierra in the winemaking region of Guadalupe Valley. He came over to Northcote during Nigel Haworth’s Obsession festival to show British diners how Mexican food is changing.
Diego’s manner was relaxed, friendly and open; we had a brief chat about the difficulties of creating his vibrant menu in the northwest of England in the cold of winter, which I imagined would be quite the challenge. However, he pulled it off with finesse and the five courses served were light, clean, vibrant and insanely well matched with wines from all over the world.