Tacu Tacu is a Latin American restaurant that has opened up on Mare St where Rita’s used to be. The front is a bar serving dangerously drinkable cocktails such as the Pirates Pear, a combination of rum, pear nectar and ginger and the Cucumber Margarita.
The back is where Philip dishes up pan Latin American small plates.
We started with a trio of tacos; plantain and black bean, ox cheek and chocolate and bajan fish tacos. We loved all of them but our favourites were the slow cooked ox cheek with a depth of flavour and richness from the chocolate. Next we tried the Mexiclam fries, clams on top of sweet potatos fries. This was probably the least successful dish of the night, the sweet potato fries were delicious (show me someone who doesn’t like sweet potatoes and I’ll show you a liar) but the clams were a bit tough and chewy and just not very tasty. Needs a bit of work we think!
Luckily our last 2 dishes were much better, the prawn and sea bass cerviche was light and delicate and the grilled octopus was meltingly tender and not rubbery as octopus can so often be. Sadly Philip’s mojito cheesecake hadn’t quite turned out the way he wanted it too, so we didn’t get to try it, but he promised us he’s working on the recipe and one for churros ice cream sandwiches which we will definitely have to return for. We finished off instead with shots of coffee tequila and toddled off into the surprisingly balmy Hackney night full of Latin American spirit (or tequila, one or the other!)