You’ve gotta love a ‘soft opening’. There are no queues, the staff are full of enthusiasm and – best of all – there’s almost always a discount on food.
Breddos vs The Player is a great example of this. Normally found at Netil Market, Breddos Taco Shack quietly opened its pop up in The player last week – a dark, underground bar that I avoid in the sunshine, but enjoy when winter closes in.
Twitter spilt the beans, so we pitched up at 7.30pm last Wednesday, were immediately sat at a large table and, after around ten minutes, found ourselves tucking into yummy Tacos with 50% off the price tag.
Feeling hungry – and seduced by the price – we each ordered a Taco Tray (normally £14). On the tray were all five tacos; Spiced Chestnut Mushroom, Jerk Pulled Pork, Crunchy Nut Fried Chicken, Twice Fried Cod Cheeks and 10 Hour Chipotle Beef Short Rib.
The attentive staff topped up our water and wine at least five times and served our tacos with a smile.We all had our favourites. For me, it was the juicy pork and beef tacos, both packed with flavour and punchy heat. By contrast, the cod cheeks were a little dry and the veggie taco was…well…veggie.
On the side, Chipotle & Jalapeño Slaw (£2) was crunchy, fresh and hot, hot, hot, whereas Pork Belly Croquettes (£5) were indulgent cubes of fatty goodness that our waistbands insisted on sharing.
Breddos vs The Player didn’t blow me away, but Tacombi in New York was a hard act to follow. That said, I enjoyed the fun atmosphere, tasty tacos and attractive price, so will give it a LLE Rating of 6/10.
Breddos vs. The Player, 8 Broadwick St London W1F 8HN