Ahh the Algarve… a place where you imagine only your most blue-blooded friends swilling faintly blushed pinots, whilst chorleting across their panoramic views… But little did you know – you can have a concentrated jab of this right in Covent Garden.
Showing off a plume of rare spirits, like a proud peacock the team are able to conjure up some spot hitting cocktails, which are easily accompanied by the chic Mexican tapas dishes on the menu.
As a sophisticated drinking emporium for lovers of both tequila and mescal the venue aims to educate and excite with fine elixirs such as La Poderosa made with Vida Mescal, lavender honey, lime juice, cardamom bitters and topped with sparkling wine, and the classic El Diablo with Ocho Blanco Tequila, fresh ginger syrup, crème de cassis and Fever Tree Ginger Ale.
Forget Tex-Mex, tacky Mex or mysterious cheese sauce Mex, El Nivel offer clean and contemporary Mexican food which also notes the more delicate culinary styles of Asia and some of the more bucksome cooking styles of Latin American.
Choose from a strong list of small plates such as pork belly chicharones in a teriyaki, sambal and sesame seed sauce or Guacamole Yim fun ho – an avocado relish with fresh strawberries, mango jicama topped with pomegranate seed, served on an edible shiso leaf, or Chuleta de corero – lamb cutlets with chimichurri salsa.
With wood paneling, old posters and mescals like no other the your visit will will be a true taste of modern Mexico.
28 Alto Maiden Lane