We visited Brickhouse on a Saturday evening for a friend’s birthday. Even though it’s hardly a secret, you wouldn’t necessarily stumble across this little Mexican gem, it’s tucked down tiny D’Aguilar St, on your left off the hill leading up to LKF. Once you do squeeze past the LKF-bound revellers and past the little market stalls into Brickhouse, you’re in for a treat.
Brickhouse is small, but open-fronted and exudes a light-hearted fiesta vibe with people spilling into the alley as they sip on beers and margaritas whilst waiting for a table (no reservations). When we visited, despite it being a Saturday night and the restaurant being full, we didn’t wait more than about 40 minutes for a table, long enough to have a drink and get properly hungry.
The menu includes the staples of Mexican food – some sharers to start such as chips and guacamole and salsa; “street style” corn; nachos etc before moving on to a variety of ceviche, quesadilla, taco and salad options and then some larger, meatier mains. We opted for a variety of the usual suspects to share – the chips and dip; corn; the nachos with shrimps, steak, cheese and salsa (actually amazing – comfort in a (granite) bowl); a tuna ceviche and two sharing plates of yummy bitesize tacos. We washed this down with Dos Equis and Margaritas – delicious!
The highlights of the meal for me were the street style corn and the tacos. The corn was lightly charred, fresh and sweet with a hint of spice, tang of fresh lime squeezed on at the table and saltiness of shaved cheese which the corn must have been rolled in. Definitely order it if you visit Brickhouse. The taco medley included steak; shrimp; pork; fish and chicken, each different and each a delightful two – three bites. There are no pictures of the tacos because, however hard you try, you can never get an attractive picture of a plate of open-faced tacos (sorry).
There are only two desserts on the menu – a chocolate chilli fondant and a goats milk rice pudding. We were going to order both, but sadly there was no rice pudding on the night we visited. The chocolate fondant however was a great end to the meal, although maybe a bit too rich for one – get an extra spoon!
All in all we really enjoyed our evening, if I had a gripe it would be that the service tailed off a bit towards the end of the night, but not so as to impact our evening. Brickhouse is a great place to kick-start an evening out, especially with friends. It feels like a cool bar for a few drinks to get the party started, which also happens to have great food that hits the spot.
Cost: whilst individual items are not expensive, it seems to add up! We paid $2400 for four including service, but that did include several rounds of drinks, which I think were the culprit in terms of pushing the price up.
Address: 20A D’Aguilar Street via Brick Lane, Central. (food served until midnight and open Thurs-Sat until 4am(!!), 2am Mon-Wed)