To-Go Takes is Resy’s regular feature wherein we quiz the folks behind some of our favourite restaurants about all things related to takeout.
In this edition, we speak to Marvin Jones, executive chef of the popular Casa Pastor and Plaza Pastor in Kings Cross (siblings to Borough’s El Pastor), currently offering Taco Party kits for local and national delivery. Below, he shares some of his favourite takeaway tips, tricks, cocktails, and regular stops.
Restaurant: Casa Pastor & Plaza Pastor
Name + Title: Marvin Jones, Executive Chef
El Pastor is doing some great Taco Party kits for delivery. What’s your favourite individual item from the offering?
The Short Rib sharer. It’s something you can’t usually get at home as part of a takeaway. It’s a giant, succulent piece of short rib and to have it with all the toppings, fresh salsas and heritage corn tortillas to share it with your family is amazing.
Lockdown 2.0 is here. Where are you getting takeaway from, and what are you ordering?
I’m actually spending a lot of time cooking with my family and making the most of my time cooking for them instead of for guests in the restaurants. I haven’t ordered any takeaways yet!
What’s your personal favourite way to spruce up your takeaway?
If I order a takeaway pizza, I like it quite spicy so I will make a salsa verde with Thai chillies and then I’ll make a jalapeño mayonnaise dip for my crusts by blending fresh jalapeños with store bought mayo and oregano.
What’s your favourite place for cocktails to go?
What single restaurant dish would you walk miles for?
I’m a true east Londoner, so pie and mash. I used to live above a pie and mash shop when I was 9 years old and would eat it twice a week. The Crisp Street Market one in Poplar is my favourite.
When we’re able to go out again, what will be your first meal back?
Pie and mash, 100%. You just can’t replicate the parsley liquor at home, and those burned pie edges. I can’t wait.