IN&OUTTONIGHT menu is available throughout the week of the festival for 22 per person. Carry on partying after dinner in the bar downstairs. 51 Bethnal Green Road, E1 (020 7749 9670, Benitos Hat HEAD chef Felipe is getting the party started himself at 7pm on the 15th by performing in national costume. In addi- tion to the regular menu, therell be tra- ditional Independence Day fare of tamales, steamed corn dough parcels stuffed with pork, chicken or beans, served with spicy achiote paste and large smokey guajillo chillis (3); and posole, a thick tomato- based stew with pork or chicken, served with tortillas (4). Cocktails include a new pomegranate margarita and a bloody Maria, a Mexican take on the classic bloody Mary (6-8.50). 56 Goodge Street, W1 (020 7637 3732, Chilango CHIlAngos Islington branch is celebrating the festival with a burrito-eating contest. Its in aid of the nsPCC and from 6pm-9pm on the 15th, a 10 entry fee will buy you a burrito, a beer and the chance to pit your munching skills against the other contestants. The person who wolfs down their burrito in the fastest time will win a mountain bike and all ticket holders will be entered into a raf- fle to win two tickets to Mexico and a three-month supply of E vEry town square the length and breadth of Mexico will ring with cries of viva la independencia on 15 september. Accompanied, of course, by the mother of all fiestas with traditional tacos, antijitos, posada stew, music, dancing and large volumes of tequila -- all to celebrate the eve of Mexican Independence Day on 16 september. sounds like a whole lot of fun, doesnt it? Well, if youre dying to join in but cant make it to Mexico by Tuesday, then check out londons Mexican restaurants, which are entering into the revolutionary spirit with special menus and entertainment galore. Heres where to don your sombrero and join the Mexican fiesta... Green & Red grEEn & rED brings the wild west to londons East End. owned by tequila ambassadors Dre Masso and Henry Besant, it stocks 300 d i f f e re n t t e q u i l a s. T he Independence Day m e n u c o m b i n e s Jaliscan cuisine with 100 per cent agave Cazadores tequila. I t i n c l u d e s flash-fried king prawns in lime, chilli and Cazadores Blanco; followed by pork belly slow-roasted with Cazadores reposado glaze and caramel cheese- cake with Cazadores Anejo. This special set 22 Wednesday, 9 September 2009 London Lite STAR RESTAURANTH MickJaggerandLWrenScottatLaPetiteMaison Afiestaofmusic,food anddrinkaswecelebrate Mexicosindependence La Petite Maison 54 Brooks Mews, W1, 020 7495 4774, LITTLE sister of Arjun Waneys Nice restaurant, La Petite Maison brings the French Riviera to Mayfair. Head chef Raphael Duntoyes menu proclaims: Tous clbres ici (everyones a celebrity here). Who are we to argue! WHo Mick Jagger and LWren Scott soaked up the Mediterranean flavours here last week. WHo eLse Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jnr, Bono and The Edge. aMBienCe Flooded with natural light, it won Tatlers Best Room award last year. BLenDinG in Large sunglasses and leathery tans at the ready -- this place is Eurotrash heaven. WHat to oRDeR Starters of pissaladire, 6, or deep-fried courgette flowers, 9.50, and main courses including turbot with artichoke and chorizo or grilled lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine, each 26, are designed to be shared, as is an enormous vanilla crme brle, 9.75. WHat to DRinK Ros, 25.50 Best taBLe Sit at one of the pavement tables and pretend youre in the South of France neXt Best tHinG Aubaine, 4 Heddon Street, W1 (020 7440 2510, Star haunt: head chef Raphael Duntoye fed Mick Jagger and Lren Scott, left, last week Hot, hot, hot: serving up the tequila at Green & Red Ocho Reposado (50cl) A vintage tequila -- truly exquisite. Tastes like a mix of spicy dry fruits. Siete Leguas Anejo (70cl) A tequila made with a blend of new and traditional methods. Tastes like spicy chocolate. Fivetoptequilas Tezn Blanco (70cl) Always a winner with tequila experts and amateurs alike. Tastes like spicy apples and is great for cocktails. Forget about salt, lime and shooting. tequila is a fine spirit which has only recently begun to acquire the status it deserves -- its now the fastest-growing spirit in the UK and US. remember, it should be sipped, not downed. CarlosLondono,tequilaexpert at Cafe Pacifico selects his five favourites. 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