Sloane Sq. is dominated by stylish bars and luxurious lodges, so I used to be intrigued to be taught it is usually the house of Tonteria, an underground Mexican tapas lounge impressed by Día de los Muertos (Day of the Lifeless).
Tonteria opened 5 years in the past when tequila was changing into all the fashion in London. Co-Founder Alain Dona wished to create an area that was impressed by the colorful tradition of Cancun and the traditional Mayan ruins of Tulum. The very first thing you discover whenever you stroll into the room is a big, glowing cranium that doubles as a DJ sales space. Inexperienced creepers adorn the partitions and the black leather-based upholstery and low lighting offers it a really intimate really feel.
Regardless of the dramatic décor, Tonteria has a relaxed vibe, not less than till the solar goes down. When functioning as a tapas bar, the music is pleasingly quiet, though just a few of the songs appeared extra suited to a resort foyer. The menu has just lately upped its recreation with a scrumptious choice of posh Mexican road meals that’s each recent and genuine.
Foodie highlights included tortilla chips with a beneficiant dollop of creamy guacamole topped with pomegranate seeds and ricotta cheese. I used to be additionally very impressed with the patatas bravas with garlic aioli, spicy tomato sauce and coriander – the very best I’ve eaten in London! The crispy squid was good however I felt the inexperienced pepper and lime salsa wanted an additional chilli kick.
For desert we tucked into some wonderful churros accompanied with a molten pool of darkish chocolate dipping sauce.
For drinks, we sipped on glasses of delightfully slushy frozen margaritas. When you favor your tequila straight, there’s an enormous choice on supply on the bar together with Patrón and Don Julio. You’ll be able to even get your pictures delivered by the “tequila categorical”, a mannequin prepare suspended on the ceiling.
Alain instructed us that he wished to create a venue that was “all about accessibility, kindness and repair”. Our waitress, who was dressed to kill in leather-based and latex (she appeared incredible) was charming and attentive all through our meal. Alain himself defied the membership proprietor stereotype together with his heat and good humour, greeting and embracing each member of employees who crossed his path.
As if by magic (or possibly the tequila) the venue remodeled from a tapas bar right into a nightclub. The music quantity sky rockets and the tunes (or possibly the tequila) make you need to rise up and dance. The area is dominated by heat our bodies swaying to the music, and for those who’re nonetheless there at 1am, the enjoyable actually begins.
Tonteria is well-known on the membership circuit for internet hosting some riotous themed nights celebrating all issues Mexican. On the evening we had been there, elaborately dressed dancers with sugar cranium face paint carried out some wonderful dances with sparklers.
Tonteria can be a agency favorite amongst the celeb circuit, who head there for Muertos Mondays. Earlier guests embrace Prince Harry, Tom Hardy and Rihanna, and also you’ll usually spot Ferraris and Lamborghinis parked outdoors on Monday evening.
As we headed out of venue within the early hours of the morning, a quote about tequila from contained in the venue got here to thoughts: “One minute you might be horny dancing, the subsequent you might be on the ground, pantless, making out with a shoe.”
On the subject of Tonteria, nothing would shock me.
When: The tapas bar is open on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8pm to 10:30pm and transforms right into a nightclub at 11pm, closing at 2:30am on Monday/Thursday and 3am on Friday/Saturday.
Getting there: The closest Tube station is the Sloane Sq. (Circle and District Line). It takes lower than a minute to stroll to Tonteria, which is true on Sloane Sq. subsequent to The Botanist.
The place to remain: Regardless of how a lot tequila you will have consumed, you need to be capable of handle the stroll again to Sloane Sq. Lodge, which is lower than a minute’s stroll from Tonteria.