John Bull Pub has been holding taco parties on Fridays. This is not Tex-Mex assembled in the kitchen using store-bought shells and refried beans, but a whole cart out front with an “el trompo” (a giant elevated stack of pork and onions) and a couple of guys grilling corn tortillas. Tacos are 10 to 15 kuai, quesadillas 10 kuai (more Spartan than the Tex-Mex variety) and frozen margaritas 20 kuai. Avocado and chili dipping sauces are provided. My suggestion: an employee could circulate with trays of 20-kuai tequila shooters. Also of note: manager Frank Siegel says that 1) the pub’s Friday wine tasting events are on hold, and 2) he will soon open his second Sequoia Cafe and might use its terrace for wine tasting events.
(From Beijing Boyce XVII, first emailed on May 27, 2006)