Now as we find ourselves gripped by the worst pandemic in living memory, celebrated restaurateur Markus Thesleff is putting the finishing touches to Los Mochis, his unique celebration of Mexican and Japanese cuisine and culture in the heart of Notting Hill.
“I love the cuisine and culture of both countries. Although it might not be immediately obvious, their dishes actually complement each other brilliantly”, says Markus.
Los Mochis will be a fine casual neighbourhood restaurant, according to Markus. With average spend per person around £35-£42.
His favourite dishes on the menu? Crispy California Mini Taco, the Truffle Salmon Sashimi Tostada or the Bulgogi Steak Taco.
And his favourite drink? My favourite is a classic Tommy Margarita with a chili-salt rim made from Tequila Ocho Reposado.
For Markus this is an opportunity to bring happiness to guests, and a little joy. “For me running a restaurant is something quite spiritual. We are in the business of creating memories and experiences. If we are able to make people a little happier, so they will hopefully go on to share this positivity with everyone they subsequently meet, be it a cab driver, their local newsagent, their colleagues, their boss or even their family.”
His advice to other restaurateurs during this difficult time: “If you train, inspire and take care of your Team, then your people will take care of your guests and your business. It is incumbent upon us to provide Joy & Fun for both our Guests and our Team (or Familia as we like to call them). It’s a pretty simple formula. Other advice would be to Always Invest in Quality. And finally, never forget that we are in the business of creating amazing experiences and fantastic memories”.
Los Mochis will be opening imminently for takeout and delivery, with a soft launch as soon as government restrictions begin to lift.
Los Mochis, 2 Farmer Street, London W8 7SN