Being linked back as far as the 16th century, the
ancient Mexican cuisine has been adopted and loved the world over for not only
its bold flavours, but the great fiesta vibes and atmosphere that come with it.
Combining the heat from spicy chillies, punchy freshness from zesty citrus, the
use of fresh aromatic herbs and hearty mixes of proteins, it is no wonder the
Mexican wave has washed over Australia with great momentum. Find out what we
are taco-ing about and visit one of our top picks for authentic Mex fare that
will leave you saying olé!
Sabor | VIC
Set in the heart of Melbourne city is the spicy little
restaurant packing a punch at El Sabor. With the name literally meaning
flavour, this colourful Melbourne eatery packs a punch for those seeking an
authentic Mexican experience. Owning their own farm to grow fresh corn in colours
of red, blue, yellow and orange, El Sabor have locals flocking to try their
fresh, housemade tortilla tacos with options like the Pescado - Baja style
battered fish, served with chipotle mayo, red cabbage and lime.
Mejico Miranda and CBD | NSW
Put a little fiesta in your day and head to either Mejico
Miranda in Sydney’s Westfield Miranda shopping centre or saunter down Pitt
Street to find Mejico CBD, either way you will find authentic flavours and
punchy cocktails whilst the nino’s enjoy free tacos throughout the September school
holidays. Olé to that!
Trippy Taco St
Kilda and Fitzroy | VIC
Just as most great Mexican begins, Trippy Taco came from
humble beginnings as a mobile food stall serving street style Mexican, coming a
long way to the now bustling two Melbourne establishments at St Kilda and
Fitzroy. Offering a colourful and lively, 70s retro vibe, Trippy Taco serves up
signature dishes like breakfast tacos with housemade corn tortillas, topped
with two free range eggs, cheese, salsa and avocado.
Mamasita | VIC
Follow the crowds to Mamasita along Collins Street in
Melbourne. This popular eatery is described by some as the city’s first true
taqueria, now boasting a playful take on traditional, authentic flavours in
dishes that are far from cliché. Throw back a tequila and munch on crab and
prawn tostadas or a roasted lamb shoulder taco with jalapenos, mint crema and
snow pea tendrils.
Hermanos at Little Hop | VIC
Although deeply rooted in Mexican tradition, this style
savvy restaurant calls in the fashionable foodies with contemporary cutting
edge design, not only with their interior but in their creative menu. Grab your
hombres and share a round of starters like the Ensalada de Nopales – cactus
salad and bean gorditas before devouring tasty taco options like beer battered
fish, pulled pork or mushroom and grilled cheese tacos, finished on a sweet
note with churros dusted in cinnamon sugar.
Mexican Restaurant | NSW
Whether you fancy Mexican, Italian or a fusion of both, take
to Cantina Mexican Restaurant in New Lambton. Generously portioned mains come
in the form of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and flavoursome favourites like the
hacienda pie – a flour tortilla pie filled with your choice of beef, chicken or
vegetables, rice and three cheese mix with sour cream, served with fresh
Mexican corn on the cob.
Mexican | SA
When visiting Victor Harbor be sure to head along Ocean
Street to immerse yourself in Mexican culture at Loco Mexican. The vibrant
yellow building welcomes patrons into a stylish dining room set with orange
tables, artistic wallpaper and potted cactus, setting the scene to enjoy Mex street
food dishes like ceviche, jalapeno poppers and tiny tuna tacos, washed down
with a frozen margarita.
Bay City Burrito | VIC
When hunger pangs begin, head for Bay City Burrito, now
located at St
Kilda and Hawthorn in Melbourne. Experience the magic of the Mission District and the vibrant
culture of San Francisco, the birthplace of the burrito. Raised on the local
burritos of his motherland, owner of Bay City Burrito, Gary, has re-created his
childhood food memories through a menu packed with flavour and soul, with
options like the La Fajita burrito, with chicken, Spanish rice and lime sour
and Blanco | NSW
Urban in style with frontage to the Old Princes Highway,
Frank and Blanco bursts with colour, culture and Mexican cuisine behind the
walls of a black and white shopfront. A chameleon of sorts, Frank and Blanco
operate as a trendy café by day and put on the fiesta by night, morphing into a
lively tequila bar offering modern Mexican inspired tapas. Should a barbacoa
board with adobo beef, slow roast pork and charred octopus take your fancy,
just remember to save space for dessert and a house signature tequila beverage.
Bones Tex-Mex | NSW
Breathing fresh air into the Newcastle dining scene, T Bones
Tex-Mex offers family-friendly casual dining and an exciting fusion of Southern-style
comfort and spice-fuelled Mexican cuisine. Enter the fun filled interior styled
with flare, with a long timber bar highlighted under a Corona beer pendent
lighting installation with animated graffiti murals covering the walls. Slip
into a booth and tuck into BBQ pork ribs with housemade signature Jack Daniels
sauce or perhaps a beef chimichanga with a side of char-grilled corn cob.
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