Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell, London
Early on in my UK residency, It took an ex-street stall serving modern, fusion-brunch tacos to convince me that London has some hidden dining gems. And convince me Breddos Tacos sure did. My temporary flatmates and I headed around to Clerkenwell to check out this buzzy, on-trend spot. Dinner time it gets manic at Breddos (expect queues) but we had a relaxed morning pace that we could indulge in. And the tacos that partook in this experience – so very fantastic.
Breddos originally started out as a makeshift taco truck back in Hackney and back in 2011. Since dining in at the Clerkenwell store, they have since expanded on to another store at Kingly Street Soho – yass! Their style of taqueria has been influenced by the hundreds they have encountered on their adventures across America and Mexico, showcasing the best of British produce with a distinct modern twist. Even this breakfast menu was a new initiative, a change of pace from their dinner focus.
Back to our visit. There were two standouts in the pork belly and egg tacos and the black beans/ avocado/ egg/ crema/ rancheras on corn tostadas. Simple seeming dishes disguising a delectable contrast of textures and flavours in every bite. The fried chicken taco and the churro french toast I had were also fantastic.
Colour, freshness and a balance of acidity and flavours were found in every plate. As well as service at Breddos Tacos being as perky as the hour of the day for a complete success all around. Mornings don’t get much more glorious than this.
The first to arrive and one of my resulting favourites. The black corn tostada makes for a delightfully crunchy base with the earthy notes of the more uncommon-coloured dark corn. The vegetarian mix of avocado, egg, beans and cheese is a flavour packed bite that is easy to enjoy. A funky mix and highly original. A small size in the portions means plenty of other tacos can be sampled. There’s enough reason to want to work you way through all of the menu. The tacos aren’t the cheapest but it would up costing similar to a general brunch outing.
For a breakfast replacement taco, the pork belly bacon and eggs did the trick. A thick slice sizzled to crisp perfection, a swoosh of salsa, and a sunny side egg completing this funky, brunchy bite. Per a conversation I had with my new workmates this week, you can’t have a brunch without egg and this fits that equation perfectly. What I enjoy most about Breddos is it’s creative menu with a willingness to try new things. It makes for a memorable experience and one that worth coming back again to try new creations. Miles above an earlier brunch at the Breakfast Club.
The fried chicken taco was complemented by a zesty sauce and a token helping of slaw. This made for a colour-filled and texture-contrasted pocket of enjoyment. Actually everything was top notch presentation. It wasn’t as spectacular as the other two dishes for us, but still solid by any other means.
My stomach demanded a sweet finish to our tale, and I went for the special of the dulche de delche churro French toast. I don’t quite get the churro integration here but it is a yum French toast execution. There’s a delectable caramel sauce that lashed across the toast, coating multiple slices of the fluffy, sweet bread. The berries, fresh and powdered, lighten an otherwise saccharine plate which also offers even more additional dulce de leche on the side. I ate this right up even though I was full. “Full”. Breddos Tacos made for a super great start to the morning and a truly fine brunch! #teamlondon