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      Head Chef Luis Michel

      Liverpool’s culinary scene is thriving and its latest addition in Ropewalks looks set to complement the city’s offering no end.
      Lucha Libre, a 60-cover Mexican restaurant showcases the food and drink element of the culture, combining authenticity with character.

      Directors Alex Hannah and Dave Roche drew on their varied experiences in the restaurant industry in Liverpool and beyond and channelled it through an appreciation of Mexican culture to create a venture that reflects a labour of love.

      The attention to detail in choosing decor, along with the time and effort put into sourcing the right furniture and accessories make for an environment that oozes atmosphere.

      Welcoming head chef, Luis Michel (former head chef at legendary El Camino restaurant in London’s Portobello Road) into the fold has enabled the duo to create a menu that delivers real Mexican food tastes, utilising the most authentic flavours.

      Michel, who has been championing the introduction of more authentic Mexican ingredients from restaurant suppliers for years now, said it was Hannah’s and Roche’s business ethos behind their vision that drew him into the project. He added: ‘We want to blend in with the community and create a better understanding of Mexican cooking because eating Mexican food is all about sharing it with your family and friends, it’s a real group effort.’

      There are however, times when the prolonged enjoyment of a meal around a table enjoying the company of others is just not practical, so when you’re on the go, Lucha Libre offers a taco stand from a separate opening at the side of the restaurant.

      Come evening time, whether you’ve satisfied your appetite in the restaurant or are just out and about looking for a place to enjoy a beverage or two, downstairs you can find Maya, a late night tequila and cocktail bar. With private booths, a dance floor and the same level of character as found on the upper level (via ‘saddle’ bar stools and religious iconography) this is a room with many views to enjoy.

      With prices for dishes ranging from £3-£15 and a couple able to eat comfortably for approx £20, Lucha Libre is creating a dining experience that combines quality with affordability.

      Director Dave Roche, said: ‘The experience we’ve both gained in the industry has taught us that success is achieved and custom maintained by offering something different, achieving the right price point and creating consistency amongst the staff so we’re able to provide good customer service.’

      Lucha Libre, 96 Wood Street, 0151 329 0200