El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros – Mexico comes to Putney

I can probably count the number of times that I’ve disembarked at East Putney station on one hand, and few of those times have been for restaurant reasons.  Most recently however, I took the lesser-traveled Wimbledon branch of the District Line to visit El Patron, the new tongue-in-cheek Mexican dining, drinking and dancing spot on the Upper Richmond Road.
El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Basement bar @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
I was running late, and when I arrived my sister was already working her way through the cocktail menu.  Tequila makes her happy it seems – which is lucky, because El Patron has one of the largest tequila offerings in all of London, which it pours generously into cocktails (~£8) like Escobar’s Secret, an exotic concoction of mezcal, crème de mure, vanilla, lime, apple and ginger beer served in a jam jar, and Jalapeno & Blood Orange Margaritas. If you’re not into tequila, there’s nothing for you here!
El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
The basement bar was already pretty busy by 7pm, and it stays open till late, making it a lively choice for drinking and dancing – particularly on Fridays and Saturdays when a house band or resident DJs make an appearance.  It’s a vibrant space based on Latin America’s most iconic country, with a striking interior and cocktails served in sugar skull mugs.
Basement bar @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Basement bar @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Food-wise, there’s all the usual Mexican street food items on offer, all at very low prices. I’d recommend ordering quesadillas – hot and cheese-heavy, they’re just £5 for a hearty stack.
Quesadillas @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Oh and definitely definitely start with tortilla chips and fresh guacamole – the chips are fresh, fried and crispy, and were the show-stealer of the meal (though clearly far from healthy!).
Tortillas & guacamole @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Unusual side dishes of fried sweet potato and a perfectly ripe avocado and mango salad were great too, though the tacos were nothing of great note.
Restaurant @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Fish tacos @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
There’s no dessert menu, just churros – and they were the best churros I’ve had in London.  Other restaurants fry the doughnut sticks to death, but El Patron’s had crisp, sugar-cinnamon shells and hot, soft centres, with a caramel sauce drizzled over the large pile.  One plateful is definitely enough for two to share.
Restaurant @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
El Patron won’t blow your mind, but it will soak you in tequila and stuff you with guacamole, and that’s a pretty good way to spend an evening.
Burritos @ El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
El Patron also runs Mexican brunch parties every Saturday – think bottomless José Cuervo frozen margaritas and a build-your-own breakfast burrito menu, all to the tune of live Latin entertainment.  I can’t think of a better hangover cure in all of London!
El Patron: Tequila, guacamole & churros - Mexico comes to Putney | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant recommendations
Meal for two, with cocktails and service, about £70.
El Patron
141 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 2TX
Bookings: bookings@elpatronlondon.com / 020 8396 6350