Putney might not be the first place you think of when looking for a Mexican brunch, nor even the second, but El Patron isn’t exactly your average restaurant.
Situated just a short walk from the Putney Pier – making it a breeze to reach from central London – the Latino-inspired eatery brings a little piece of Ciudad Juárez to the south banks of the Thames this summer.
Every Saturday diners are invited to their quirky downstairs bar to enjoy a full-on day-time fiesta.
On arrival they are led down the mosaic painted stairs to high tables decked with eccentric Mexican props, such as sombreros, stick-on moustaches and colourful ponchos, to set the scene.
We turned up early to find the party in full swing and were greeted with a plate of El Patron’s famous tortilla chips, served with a selection of delicious dips; the perfect start.
Crunching through these we were invited to build our own breakfast burrito, selecting from bespoke fillings such as the secret guacamole, crispy bacon, salsa Verde, fried eggs, pinto beans and gooey cheese.
Promptly these arrived in all their decadent glory.
While not the healthiest of snacks, there are few better culinary experiences than biting into a hot burrito – pure indulgence.
These were quickly followed with sugar sprinkled, crispy Churros, an Iberian delicacy.
Served with warm chocolate sauce, they arrive on our table to complete the mouth-watering meal.
But the real star of the show is surely the bottomless José Cuervo frozen margaritas.
These sour treats flow throughout the meal, and when matched with a live Latin-inspired band, the party is complete.
For the more adventurous El Parton also offers a menu with over 60 different tequila brands.
What better way to start, or end, your Saturday?
El Patron offers drinking and dining in a fun setting throughout the week and with their house band on Friday evenings and resident DJs on Saturdays, guests will be dancing until dawn.
The décor features reclaimed brick and brightly coloured wooden shutters line the walls, as does a striking skull mural in authentic Mexican style.
The restaurant is also the perfect place for any type of celebration, where group bookings receive a party box at their table full of Mexican props and moustaches.
Take a look at the official website for more information.