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Diablo Loco
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Diablo Loco
74-78 South Clerk Street .,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 667 2701

"For every ill, mezcal, and for every good as well” 

It’s a challenge to have a quiet Mexican night. You can’t have a romantic peaceful dinner for 2 over tequila cocktails. This is time to feel colour, music, bold decor and spice. ‘Diablo Loco’ Bar Mexicana has arrived on South Clerk St to bring some fun and a kick to your night out in Edinburgh. Neon signs direct you to over 70 varieties of Tequila and Mescal to choose from so it’s best to do your homework. Don’t ask for a slammer. Go all in; get the artisanal finest, maybe a cocktail combo if you can’t face the straight stuff. Go on a good recommendation by the staff and pair it with a delicious uncomplicated starter and main. 

Distracted by ceiling piñata everywhere, it was nice to see a fairly easy to follow menu, standard Mexican choices with enough curveballs thrown in to keep you curious. My companion and I were seeking out the veggie dishes and the new kid on the block was there in more than one dish - jackfruit. When shredded in hot sauce it takes on the texture of pulled pork and is satisfyingly moreish and chewy. Forming part of the ‘Naked Burrito’ it was a comfort food option covering a wide and tasty spectrum of components, extra tangy guacamole, caramelised sweet potato and zingy green rice spiked with coriander and bell pepper.

Meanwhile on my side of the table I delved into a piled up plate of spicy nachos, with drunken beans braised in stout and tequila and all the trimmings. The fish tacos were equally impressive despite arriving on a piece of wood - no comment. It’s lime overload so if you’re not a citrus fan you may wish to ask for it to be toned down but the fish is good quality, the serving ample and the pea mole a fresh delightful companion.

The cocktails were also worth the trek up the bridges. After much deliberation I settled on an Aztec Sacrifice based on inclusion of cherry herring liqueur - a smoky flavoursome rich ingredient against the Nuestra Solidad.

Day of the Dead imagery and frivolity all around we may have also sampled the El Jimador tequila, this time paired with ginger beer and hibiscus agave. Lingering tingle of the ginger, this was a warming way to send us off into the cold night air. (K. Dorrat)

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