Taco-bout tasty stuff.
The Jewellery Quarter has got itself a diamond on the block in the form of tacos- and we’re not mad about it. Frankly, we’re pretty chuffed. Taking the humble Mexican street food dish to new and exciting heights, Tierra Tacos has arrived and boy are the tacos good.
From the makers of Tiger Bites Pig bao bar on Stephenson Street, this taco restaurant has branched out to the JQ after having a pop-up kitchen at Cork & Cage in Stirchley. Tierra Tacos specialises in “fresh hand-pressed corn tortillas topped with vibrant and tasty toppings with a selection of traditional sides and less-traditional small plates”, which are accompanied by local and Mexican beers, natural wine, mezcal and agave cocktails.
The menu is a case of small yet mighty and offers a delicious selection of tacos to choose from. From baja fish tacos that includes beer battered pollock on charred corn succotash with a zingy tomatillo salsa verde and pea shoots served on blue corn tortillas) to mouthwatering pork carnitas with caramelised mezcal pineapple, red cabbage, pink pickled onions, pumpkin seeds and cilantro, decision time is hard. Get both.
But holy mole there’s more! Other tacos include the likes of barbacoa beef with mole sauce, crumbly Lancashire cheese, pomegranate and cilantro and chicken tinga with smoked crema, peach salsa, white cabbage and chive. The menu does change from time to time but the exciting part is each visit is unique, some of the restaurant specials have included hush puppies (a small deep-fried round ball made from a cornmeal-based batter), which they flavour with truffle and top with generous shavings of parmesan.
Tierra Tacos also serve up a colourful array of vegan options such as spicy jackfruit tinga tacos served with smoked crema, peach salsa, white cabbage and chive, as well as plant-based alternatives to their baja fish and pork carnita taco dishes. The menu also features small plates and sides such as incredible elotes (corn on the cob mothered in chipotle butter and finished with parmesan), frijoles (black beans with smoked crema, crumbly Lancashire cheese and cilantro), slaw and fries all of which can be made vegan.
And of course, you need something to wash all those tacos down with. Tierra Tacos have created the ultimate summer drinks with their frozen margaritas, with their blood orange flavour served in a beer stein glass being a real and refreshing winner.
Tierra Tacos, 53 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter, B1 3HS