My culinary adventures in Melbourne last year started off at the popular Mexican eatery Mamasita. We had originally planned to go there for lunch, but instead we inadvertently beat the notorious queues by dropping in at 3pm on a Thursday afternoon thanks to our delayed flight over. Although Mamasita’s name is printed on the closed glass door entrance, it is such a narrow entry that it’s easy to walk straight past it. From the street all you see is a quirky sign that says “un taco? un tequila?” and the restaurant itself is up a flight of stairs and is rather roomy inside, split into two parts – a bar area and a dining area with some with window seats for people-watching.
There are a lot of cheap fast food options for Mexican food in Sydney but the craze for tacos has moved up a notch with the arrival of Mejico, which oozes upmarket trendiness in its décor and menu. It sits right next to Jamie’s Italian on Pitt Street and is already packed to the rafters when we drop in only a week after its opening. If you haven’t made a booking, then your best bet is to take a seat at the bar area at the front next to the open kitchen because you can order anything from the full menu and drinks too.
Mexican food has become increasingly popular in Sydney lately and it is a cuisine which is particularly suitable for adaptation into fast food. El Loco is one such canteen style restaurant in the foothills of Surry Hills dishing out cheap Mexican fare which is served quickly.
Unlike some other cities around the world, there’s only a few choices available to us Sydneysiders who like their street food – there’s the Chinatown markets on Fridays and Harry’s Cafe de Wheels around town. Luckily our options have now been broadened with the City of Sydney Council approving some street food trucks to start doing the rounds through some CBD locations.
We decide to try to find the Cantina Mobil truck which was supposed to be at Queen’s Square (next to the Supreme Court building near St James station) at 9pm on a Thursday night, but just missed it by a few minutes according to the couple happily munching away on burritos who we bumped into during our quest. Thankfully, the truck’s next stop was only 5 minutes away at Pitt Street Mall so we powerwalked over and were greeted by the sight of this Mexican food truck…