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Tigre Tacos to open perm pop-up at Clerkenwell pub

Tigre Tacos, the food truck pop-up at Nine Lives Alley in London Bridge, is set to take on its first bricks-and-mortar space at The Gunmakers, Clerkenwell, from 17 May.

Chef Ramon 'El Tigre' Ramos will serve his Mexi-Cali cuisine inspired by the street-food taquerias and trucks, with flavours of 70’s Southern California, with an exclusively seafood and vegetarian menu, all set within the 19th century public house and garden.

Ramos, whose family restaurant is a taco institution in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico, first served Tigre Tacos on the cobbled streets of Nine Lives Alley in 2020.

The Tigre Tacos team will serve favourites such as Baja Fish and Camarones tacos, made with grilled king prawns, habanero and roasted pineapple salsa, alongside a selection of ceviches, tostadas, charcoal grilled whole fish and whole octopus sharers, and desserts. Each dish is made using fresh, seasonal ingredients and vibrant, sun-kissed flavours.

Highlights include:
Local Oysters with El Tigre’s Hibiscus Vinaigrette
Baja No-Fish Taco (made with banana flower)
Calabacitas Taco (courgette, baby corn & hibiscus flowers)
Lobster Tail Taco
Catch of the Day to share - whole fish, butterflied, charcoal grilled and served up a stack of corn tortillas and all Tigre’s trimmings
Whole Octopus charcoal grilled and served up a stack of corn tortillas and all Tigre’s trimmings

The cocktail menu is as much of a focus as the food, and is designed by Victor Barascu, the Head Bartender of Nine Lives cocktail bar. The list highlights agave classics and uses seasonal ingredients, serving playful twists on favourites such as; Tequila & Tonic, Mezcalita, Paloma and Michelada. The beers are craft and the wines and natural as you would imagine.

The team at The Gunmakers have spent the past year restoring the townhouse to its original glory with mid-century accents and modern art adorning the walls. The three-storey space consists of a ground floor saloon bar, dining room, secret garden and the first-floor lounge.

Tigre Tacos at Gunmakers will be the second operation from the team, as the food truck stays parked up at Nine Lives Alley.