I know its a chain. And I haven’t been to any of the others to see how ‘chain’ it feels. But we all really liked it.
Slightly grungy funky decor, delicious good value food, and a large range of quality tequilas. Hello Mexico.
The crisp patatas de maize with blue cheese and smoky almond snack for $8 were substantial and tasty, as were the $6 soft shell tacos (maybe the beef skirt meat could have been a smidge tenderer, but couldn’t fault the flavours and presentation). And the $14 – $16 quesadillas, flautas (with pumpkin pictured below), Mexican fried chicken (yes there was agreement with the menu ‘not to be missed’ comment), ceviche with pork crackling and fresh salad etc all well exceeded expectations too.
Although we were told that none of the dishes were that spicy (chilli-wise) and there were hot sauces on the table for extra grunt, we found a few to be quite tingly. The hot sauces are available to buy instore or online if one takes your fancy.
Most of the group ordered one snack item or soft shell taco and one slightly bigger dish and were chokka (technical term) by the end of that. So for $20 – $24 here you really can have a good time, be satisfied with quantity and quality and try different things. Pretty impressive really.
You can’t book in advance, so like most places these days you’ll end up parked in the bar for a bit enjoying tequilas, margaritas, and Mexican beers. Wine drinkers should note there are only three wines (red, white and sparkling), complemented by a few delicious sounding sangrias (by the glass or carafe).
And the food will come in whatever sequence being of the sharing persuasion (however most of ours came within 10-15 minutes of each other so no dramas).
I really liked the sound of a couple of desserts, so will have to return soon and maybe do the menu in reverse!
If you are a small group or couple, expect to be seated at large communal tables near other diners.
Noon til late, 7 days.