January 27, 2012

Melbourne’s Mexican obsession

Photo Max Olijnyk
Mexican cuisine is the newest craze amongst the foodie scene in Melbourne and Victoria. Overwhelming demand for Mexican dishes is increasing in popularity, with various operators jumping on the bandwagon to satisfy customers with a taste for salsa.

Raph Rashid, creator of mobile diner, Beatbox Kitchen, the home of the number 1 burger in Victoria, has ventured into Mexican food on the go. Rashid’s latest endeavor, Taco Truck serves up fresh and distinctive tacos with an emphasis on local ingredients, on the move. His Mexican specialties include corn tortillas, salsas, special sauces and a variety of tacos. Customers can find Rashid’s Taco Truck in Brunswick and Northcote, but he uses Twitter and Facebook to post his locations daily. Taco Truck is open Wednesday to Saturday 6 – 9pm and Sunday from noon – 3pm.

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Even the team behind MoVida is getting in on the action, ditching their trademark Spanish cuisine to make room for the Mexican craze. Taking inspiration from Mexican street food, Paco’s Tacos occupies the former site of MoVida Terraza, with a new fit-out and redesign by extraordinaire, Joost Bakker. The menu is dominated by you guessed it - the hearty taco - all set at $6 a taco with specialties including the pulled pork and braised beef tacos. Other Mexican favourites such as nachos and barbequed corn also get a look in with Mexican beers, exotic cocktails and wine also available.

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Fonda Taco's is a Mexican cantina located in Richmond, bringing a home-style, seasonal menu of fresh ingredients from the Victorian Market. Along with the much-loved Mexican classics, customers can enjoy fresh salsas made daily along with the quintessentially Australian take on Mexican food, the Kangaroo Burrito. Opening hours are on Sunday to Thursday 12noon –10pm and Friday to Saturday 12noon – midnight.

Photo Eddit Jim

Mamasita, another of Melbourne’s finest Mexican restaurants was ahead of the game when it brought a little taste of Mexico to the city. Leading the charge in showcasing fresh Mexican flavours, the food is modern, creative and not slathered in the cheeses and sauces that previously gave the cuisine a bad wrap. The food philosophy is inventive and eco-aware whilst still remaining true to the traditional and authentic methods of Mexican cuisine. Alcoholic beverages are predominantly sourced from Mexico, Central America, South America and Spain, with Tequila a key focus.

In Victoria’s south west, the Great Ocean Road is also following suit, with the opening of Mexican haunt, El Poco Burrito. Located in Barwon Heads in the Bellarine, El Poco Burrito’s Fish Taco has already gained cult status with the Breakfast Tacos hot on its heels.

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