Sweetcorn & Avocado soft serve and Cacao Nib & Colima Lime sorbet…
Just before Christmas, a fabulous new tacos restaurant opened in Borough Market, London. It was Wednesday morning, only two days before the restaurant was due to open, when the snap decision was made that soft serve ice cream would be a fabulous addition to the menu, complementing the amazing Mexican food and tacos. A call was made to Dave Bradford at Taylor UK…
48 hours is not a lot of time to turn any equipment around, but the clock was ticking… Following a meeting with Dave Bradford, Taylor UK’s London Sales Manager, we stepped up and applied the ‘Can Do’ attitude getting both the leasing approved and equipment delivered all within 24 hours.
The guys at El Pastor wanted to serve two different flavours of soft serve; a Sweetcorn and Avocado ice cream and a Cacao Nib & Colima Lime sorbet, the obvious choice was a twin flavour soft serve machine. They chose the Taylor 161, the self contained, counter top unit which is the perfect solution for this application. The simple operation means that all of the staff can use it and the gravity fed dispense produces a lower overrun, premium product compared to ‘traditional soft serve’.
The Taylor 161 arrived at El Pastor on the Friday (opening day) at 1.30pm, they were due to open the doors for the first time in less than six hours! Dave Bradford was at the site to ensure the machine was delivered without issue and to make sure that it would be operational in time. Working around the 50+ builders and 25 members of staff all working tirelessly to get the restaurant ready in time for the deadline, would we get the machine operational in time?
There was just one slight obstacle in our way…
To get the machine ready, it would need to go up two flights of narrow stairs! Not an overly straightforward task, but at this point everyone just wanted to get it done. Building delays meant that the delivery team couldn’t wait around and lift it up the stairs like they would do normally when it was delivered. But after a bit of head scratching and a lot of determination (and four chefs) the machine was humped up the stairs and into place. With a bit of tinkering and fine tuning the Taylor 161 was producing the first product by 5.30pm, amazing creamy ice cream and refreshing sorbet all ready to complement the amazing food from London’s newest restaurant.
James Hart, one of El Pastor’s owners commented; “David and the team at Taylor UK were fantastic. It’s a tough site to install in, with a short deadline, but we got there”.
Tacos El Pastor has been well received in the London Restaurant scene, with people queuing at the door before opening and being prepared to wait to try their amazing, Mexican Tacos and traditional classics. El Pastor is open for lunch (12-3pm) and dinner (6-11pm) Monday to Saturday. Be warned! – They don’t take booking so don’t be disappointed if you have to wait, it’s well worth it!
Check out Tacos El Pastor yourself, they can be found at: 6-7 Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AA (it’s in Borough Market)