The Canberran foodie scene has come along in leaps and bounds in the past few years. What was once the exclusive domain of hotel-restaurants, roadside diners and the odd Black Stump has become a melting pot of hip small bars and food to showcase the flavours of almost every corner of the globe (yep, even Mexican). While it’s now possible to satisfy your hankering for a taco in Australia’s capital, we reckon there’s still room for a few more Mexican joints to keep things spicy. These are our pick
Lonsdale Street is fast becoming Canberra’s hippest dining spot and Elk and Pea leads the Mexican flavour charge. We love that you can start the day with an espresso tequila martini, but we prefer to end it with a feast of Carribean jerk chicken and a Corona.
Zambrero serves meals you can feel good about. Every time you satisfy your Mexican craving at any of 11 Zambrero restaurants in Canberra, a meal is donated to someone who needs it in the developing world. Sure, this is Mexican served fast, but there’s not a limp, stodgy burrito in sight. Veggies are fresh, meats are slow-cooked in-house and everything’s made to order. A philanthropic, filling lunch for under 10 bucks? Can’t ask for better than that.
The good people behind Beach Burrito Co. like to think of themselves as the Willy Wonkas of Mexican cuisine, and when you step into their Civic restaurant, you’ll understand why. The dining room is decked out in brightly-painted pallets, religious iconography and a surprisingly festive skull chandelier. The kitchen offers a pretty extensive menu of burritos, fajitas, chimichangas and small snacks.
With takeaway joints in Belconnen and the Canberra Centre, Mad Mex provides a fast Mexican fix on the run. The menu keeps things simple, with tacos, burritos, melts and nachos, plus you can wash it down with a cold beer.
There are plenty of reasons to love this funky bar in the heart of Civic. If you only need one, it’s this: on Tuesdays you can get two tasty tacos and a beer for $10.
This Mexican chain pumps out fast and fresh fajitas, tacos and burritos in the Canberra Centre and Westfield Belconnen. Just because they do “fast” food, doesn’t mean dessert has been forgotten. The churros at GYG are served with a house-blend dulce de leche dipping sauce.