An unofficial Christmas lunch with some uni girlfriends brings us to Mexico. Sadly, not literally. I wish though. This new kid on the block is situated where the late District Dining used to be (still sad I didn’t get the chance to visit). Mexico first started in New Zealand (that sounds really wierd) with two places already established, and branched out offshore here in our Sydney Surry Hills streets.
Mexican food has become increasingly popular within the last couple of years and I bet will continue to be so.
Decorative graffiti walls greet patrons upon entry. The artworks are so intriguing.
We’re here for Saturday lunch and arrive soon after opening (primarily to avoid the crowds). There is outdoor seating however due to the overcast day, we decided it’d be best to sit indoors.
Complimentary sauces are on offer which cater for those who like to have their heads blown off with chilli sauce, like me.
A pineapple jarito is a non alocholic soda, and was told it tasted much like ordinary soft drink.
Crispy Potatoes tossed in celery lime salt with spicy tomatillo dressing $6
The crispy potatoes were exactly that, crispy and I’m so glad they were (I hate being disappointed). And to that, they were golden and delicious. The perfect amount of celery lime salt seasoned these babies which made it a delight to eat. The spicy tomatillo dressing wasn’t spicy but it did add a nice refreshing feel.
Wild Mushroom, fennel, marjoram, sour cream, toasted pine nuts Soft Shell Taco $6
A generous portion of wild musrhoom, grilled fennel and pine nuts lay on a soft freshly grilled tortilla. It was fresh, it was light however I found it needed a sauce of some sort to bring it altogether (and to my dismay, the chilli sauce wasn’t the solution).
Pibil rubbed pork with black beans, red cabbage, guajillo and sesame Soft Shell Taco $6
Although I didn’t get to devour this, I was able to have a taste of the pibil pork and my oh my did that pork rock a party in my mouth. It was rich in flavour and so incredibly tender that it was absolutely perfect for a taco. I was eyeing my girlfriend for every bite she took.
Agave Caramelised squid with shaved fennel, cumin and baby corriander soft shell taco $8
Something on the blackboard special catches my eye and its the agave caramelised squid soft shell taco. The squid pieces are so tender there’s not even a struggle to take a bite of the taco with everything keeping in tact. The fresh fennel and baby corriander offset the sweet caramelised flavour with a touch of cumin hitting the back of the throat. Two thumbs up from me.
Roast eggplant, green onion and walnut with black cumin sour cream Quesadilla $12
It’s so hard to go without a quesadilla when eating mexican, so what do you know, we order it. There may have been a lack of cheese in this quesadilla but it still was a hit, especially smeared with some of that black cumin sour cream. I loved the contrast in textures of the soft roasted eggplant and the crunch of the walnut pieces. It really worked a treat together.
Pumpkin, white bean & agave dip served with flour tortillas $6
We found it weird that one of our starters came near the end of our meal. Nonetheless the dip is just beautiful. There’s nothing complicated about it, it showcases the simplicity of ingredients and flavours and with the perfect amount of seasoning, it can be a real winner.
Mexico’s Fried Chicken $12
Chicken that said it is not to be missed on the restaurant menu sure got me interested. At first glance I sighed with hopes that my first bite would change everything. Sadly, I was disappointed because it lacked the crunch that fried chicken is supposed to give you, and it was overcooked and stringy. Sad face.
Mexico is a great casual place to hit up a good feed with a bunch of friends with some very attractive sounding cocktails. I imagine the scene would be much more buzzing in the evening, especially during after work hours and dinner service. I need to return back for those cripsy potatoes and hopefully get my hands on that coffee and acho braised rib.
Mexico Food & Liquor
17 Randall Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: +612 9211 7798