FOOD & DRINK Features
Where to do Mexican in Melbourne
Ay caramba! Hold on to your sombreros and loosen your best buckles as we find out which are the most magnificent Mexican joints in Melbourne.
214 St Georges Road
Mexican for breakfast? Yes please! This taqueria and panaderia covers all bases and whether you’re after old school cream buns or huevos divorciados (“divorced eggs”), your needs will be met. They have also opened up their back courtyard for extra seating, recently started to stay open for dinner and they serve some seriously good granitas to take the sting out of Melbourne’s rampant heat waves.
11 Collins Street
Recognised as Melbourne’s first taqueria, Mamasita is the place to go if you want upmarket yet authentic Mexican. The menu encourages lots of sharing with little dishes, so it’s perfect for a date night. Try the Al Pastor-style pig’s cheek tacos, lime cured ceviche and sweetcorn ice cream with salted caramel and popcorn, to name but a few tongue titillating options.
Mamasita’s tequila list (all 100% agave) is exceptionally vast but it’s well organised so you can have it any way you like. They also serve a select range of wines and beers sourced from all over Mexico and surrounding areas.
234 Gertrude Street
This ‘fresh Mex’ cantina isn’t the most traditional Mexican fare; in fact the menu was inspired by the owner’s love of Mexican street food while living in Southern California. The menu is entirely vegetarian, so think tofu asada burritos, cheese and salsa quesadillas and tasty breakfast dishes like scrambled egg and cheese tacos and traditional huevos rancheros. Wash your dinner down with Mexican beers, margaritas and sangria by the jug or glass.
339 Victoria Street
Owner Bruno Caretto is the real deal: having grown up in Mexico and moving to Australia when he was seven, Caretto has never stopped loving the food he had as a child. In preparation to open Los Hermanos, Caretto travelled back to Mexico to inspect the taquerias there and has since produced an authentic look and feel to his restaurant. It’s flavorsome, cheap, served quickly, and is best washed down with a lime Jaritos, the Mexican soft drink of choice. Try the De Barbacoa taco; beer slow roasted leg of lamb, De Ejotes tacos with green beans potato and jalapeño infused eggs or the fresh cactus salad.
233 Lonsdale Street
For those looking for a little fiesta with their Mexican meal you can’t go past Touche Hombre’s neon lights, video games and tongue in cheek menu. While the food may cater more to the gringo in us, it’s still mouth-wateringly good. Tuck into the spicy lamb ribs, the slow cook pork cheek, Baja fish tacos, shall we go on? After dinner get yourself a tequila slushie and have a dance to the resident DJs.
413 Swan Street
Praised for it’s simplicity in style and menu, Chingon are a cut above kitschy competitors. Their 100% corn tortillas are made on site daily, and they craft a darn good home made picante hot sauce. Favourites include orange and honey charcoal chicken tacos and chargrilled steak with black beans.
If you can’t get yourself to Richmond do not fret, they have their own taco truck that does the rounds all over Melbourne and selected festivals. Horray!
Writer – Hannah. V