Want to know where to get your taco fix? Don your sombrero and get ready to sip some margaritas because here’s our list of where to find Sydney’s best taco, burrito, tamale and bowl of guac. We’ve braved the spiciest salsas to compile this roundup of the best Mexican grub in Sydney.
Leave your feathered headdress at home because Mejico aint’ no ordinary cantina. Owner Dr Sam Prince, of Zambrero Fresh Mex Grill, needs to sell quite a few tacos to break even after a 4 million dollar fit-out. Like the design, the menu is an upmarket affair with dishes such as de-constructed sole fillet and grain fed aged sirloin with Mexican tabbouleh.
The suntanned Northern Beaches crowd loved Mexicano so much that they’ve opened up in Neutral Bay too. This lower North Shore offering not only does less damage on the fuel tank but it’s just as good, too. Don’t be perturbed by owner Sean Prenter’s history as an ex-Rockpool chef because the menu delivers with everything from beef tostadas to salted caramel and Ancho chilli chocolate truffles.
There are more authentic Mexican restaurants around but for atmosphere and a stiff margarita, Barrio Chino fits the bill. Tucked away on Bayswater Road in Kings Cross, the glam young duo behind Potts Point's Fei Jai, Peter Lew and Nicole Galloway, deliver tamarind habanero ribs and tuna tostadas.
If you’re a Mexican snob, don’t bother but if bang-for-your-buck is on the agenda, look no further than Beach Burrito Co. With outlets in Newtown, Bondi Beach, Coogee, Cronulla and Darlinghurst, this is great for a mid-week dinner.
Décor wise, Chica Bonita is as Mexican as Sydney gets. Even the toilets are plastered in cut-outs from Mexican newspapers. Mates Luke and Sean have got the drinking/eating balance down pat with killer margaritas, local Mexican beers and authentic street food.
With the prominence of cheese and sour cream, some of the dishes are slightly more Tex Mex than others but order well and you’ll be a happy customer. Go for the cactus ensalada with queso or, if you’re hungry, tuck into a pulled pork burrito. If you’re a hot sauce fiend, look out for the one labelled “sudden death”, it lives up to its moniker.
A Westfield shopping centre may be an unlikely location for a notable Mexican restaurant but, with The Eastern Hotel’s bevvy of restaurants, Surry Hills should watch out. On the rooftop, this modern cantina works with authentic ingredients such as guallio chilies, avocado leaf, jicama fruit and cactus to deliver authentic fare.
You won’t need Spanish skills to gobble down 2 for 1 pork belly tacos (available every Tuesday) at this tiny, fast-paced Mexican and Korean bar. Just repeat the following—“Quiero una taco de carnitas por favor”—and get out of the way.
As its name implies, this Neutral Bay hotspot is less Mexican cantina, more Manhattan Beach but the menu is worth a mention. Pulled pork quesadillas, baja fish tacos and lamb empanadas are the perfect beer snacks while snapper ceviche and jalapeno cornbread deliver on the plate.
The menu at Panama House isn’t solely devoted to food south of border, instead it pays tribute to Mexico and the surrounding US states of Louisiana and Texas. For a touch of Cajun spirit, opt for gumbo served with buttermilk biscuits or the fried chicken but the standout dishes come straight from Mexico, with a tequila prawn and fish ceviche or any of the fajitas.