It’s hard to be unhappy when you have a taco in your hand. Add a selection of enchiladas, burrito bowls and tostadas to the mix and it’s pretty much impossible. Melbourne is home to a variety of Mexican restaurants. Here are our picks.
Mere infantes on the Mexican dining scene, the one-year-old Saporito Taquito is a quaint little hidey-hole along Southbank. Feast on no-fuss feeds like authentic beer-battered fish and cabbage slaw, vego tamales, Parmesan cheese drizzled broccoli and pice de gallo loaded guac. Hang around and chat with the friendly staff about their Mexican culture and love of food!
Housed in a roomy, warm cantina, El Sabor promises authentic Mexican flavours from carnitas and flautas to enchiladas and churros without any fuss. We recommend the sopes – handmade thick corn tortillas topped with refried beans, lettuce, feta cheese, sour cream and your choice of chicken, beef or spicy potatoes.
A favourite on Lonsdale Street, Touche Hombre pairs Mexican cocktails and beer with tasty tacos. Twice-cooked octopus encased in a house-made organic blue corn tortilla is a winner, and there are plenty of tasty vegetarian options too, including roasted zucchini and halloumi, cauliflower and cashew fillings.
Chilangos Mexican Cantina
Fresh, cosy and no-frills, Chilangos Mexican Cantina’s vibrant interior matches its menu. Tacos, burrito bowls and char grilled corn-on-the-cob with chilli mayo and cheese makes for the perfect lively dinner, with Mexican beers and margaritas available all day.
Located on the Lonsdale Street end of Hardware Lane, Amigos has the atmosphere for any occasion. From a chef’s menu to pork belly and kale tacos that melt in your mouth, you’re in for some serious food envy – no matter what you order.
Find cheap tacos, tostadas and churros at Hello José opposite Queen Victoria Market. Order some tangy or sweet chipotle chilli chicken wings to share, then select your favourite fillings to enjoy inside soft corn tortillas, pressed freshly in-house every day. Most of the menu is gluten free.
Located atop an unassuming staircase, Mamasita is one of Melbourne’s best modern Mexican joints. Impress the most discerning dining companions with mouth-watering crispy school prawns, macadamia and cashew tostadas, pork short rib tacos with apple slaw or zesty ceviche. Top off your meal with a pineapple infused cocktail or classic Mama margarita.
All the food at this Melbourne institution is made from scratch, from the tortillas to the zesty guacamole. Choose from crispy prawn tacos with fresh green mango, pulled pork quesadillas, bountiful, nourishing salads and much more. There are flavours for all tastes at Fonda.
One of the most popular Mexican wholesalers in Melbourne, La Tortilleria is famous for irresistible corn tortillas that make tacos a weekday favourite. For dessert, try flan made from Gerardo’s grandmother’s special recipe, or peanut marzipan ice cream. There is a menu full of delights to explore at this colourful Kensington restaurant. And it’s all gluten free!
Push the boundaries of traditional Mexican dining at this bold and unique restaurant on the sixth floor of Curtin House. Gastronomic highlights at Mesa Verde include crispy lamb ribs with pasilla salsa and mint slaw, authentic guacamole with Victorian grown tortilla chips and churros with mezcal hot chocolate sauce. Wear your stretchy pants.
Nourish your senses with healthy, fast and delicious Mexican street food, accompanied by a cheeky bebida at Paco’s Tacos. Don’t miss the sweet corn and pickled jalapeno croquetas, and tacos stuffed with slow-cooked smoked beef brisket, chipotle salsa and pico de gallo.
Experience a restaurant ‘smuggled from Mexico to China Town’ hidden underground on Little Bourke Street. Bodega Underground is late-night mezcal bar and taqueria, its menu bursting with delectable treats such as grilled watermelon, prawn ceviche, duck or vegan chilaquiles, and adobo mushroom tacos – and that’s just the start. They also do a mean bottomless brunch.