It’s Mexican food, but not as we know it!
Inspired by the unique confluence of culinary traditions found along the Rio Grande, Cantina Laredo has established an excellent reputation for bringing the fresh and vibrant tastes of real Mexican cuisine to discerning diners, for over 25 years.
With its diverse influences - from the early Mayan Indians to the Spanish, French, West Africans and Portuguese - Mexican food has evolved over many hundreds of years, combining a vast array of ingredients, flavours and cooking methods.
The name ‘Laredo’ was chosen in tribute to the former capital of the Republic of Rio Grande.
Cantina Laredo honours the Mexican tradition of investing time and passion into the sourcing, preparation and cooking of fresh, wholesome food. Our chefs continue making our sauces from scratch using traditional ingredients each day.
Executive Chef Ruben Lozano
With over 40 years’ experience, Ruben’s passion is to uphold the authenticity of the Cantina Laredo menu whilst introducing innovative and experimental enhancements in keeping with the Mexican tradition of evolving cuisine.
Growing up on his father’s ranch in Santa Rosa, Mexico, Ruben spent his days herding cattle and fixing fences across hundreds of acres of land. This meant that when meal-times came around, Ruben had to cook out on the range with whatever could be pulled together. So being imaginative with locally-sourced food is second nature to him and this is apparent in the Cantina Laredo menu that Ruben develops year-round. Despite the fact that now, unlike during his ranch days, Ruben has his pick of the world’s ingredients, he continues to advocate recreating authentic Mexican cuisine using the highest quality food of the lowest achievable food mileage. He also spends time with chefs working in Mexico in order to keep abreast of trends and experiment with different ways to combine existing and new ingredients to create authentic dishes with gourmet flair.