Responsible for bringing “the spirit of modern Mexico City to Mayfair,” Peyote restaurant offers diners a refined, fresh, and renowned take on traditional and contemporary Mexican dishes. The restaurant that has patrons raving was named after a small cactus native to the Chihuanhuan Desert, and, according to its website, “stands as London’s gateway to modern Mexican culture with its hedonistic, multi-sensory experience from the food, drink, music, and unique convivial atmosphere.”

Led by chef Eduardo Garcia, Peyote serves a carefully crafted balance between contemporary and classic fare. Guacamole is offered as a starter alongside Calamars — Peyote spice fired baby squid with jalapeno mayonnaise — and Pico de Gallo sits beside a lavish display of raw dishes and ceviches — lobster and orange salsa, sashimi fish of the day with aguachile. Tacos (crisp, soft, and lettuce cups), tostados, and quesadillas round out the menu, while fan-favorite meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes offer dinner guests a colorful, decadent display of what Garcia’s kitchen is capable of.

It wouldn’t be a Mexican restaurant without tequila and mescal, both of which can be found by the dozens at Peyote. House-made margaritas include the Peyote Chilli, Chilli and Passion Fruit Tamarind, and Strawberry Mango, and cocktails include the Cabo St Lucas — Cabo Wabo Blanco, Gentlemen Jack Whiskey, St Jermaine, grapefruit and lime juice, fresh raspberries — The Velvet — fresh avocado, lime, agave, pear juice, Blanco Tequila — Payback — Don Julio Blanco, fresh kiwis, green jalapenos syrup, orange, curacao, lemon, and agave — among others.

Peyote is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 12 to 3 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.

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