Melbourne’s Mexican flavours

It’s hard to be unhappy when you have a taco in your hand. And when there are enchiladas, burrito bowls and tostadas to choose from, it’s pretty much impossible. Melbourne is home to all types of Mexican restaurants. Here are our picks.

El Sabor
Housed in a roomy, warm cantina, El Sabor promises authentic Mexican flavours without any fuss, from carnitas to flautas, enchiladas and churros. We recommend the sopes – handmade thick corn tortillas topped with refined beans, lettuce, feta cheese, sour cream and your choice of chicken, beef or spicy potatoes.

Touche Hombre
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.

You won't go home hungry from Touche Hombre

You won’t go home hungry from Touche Hombre

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 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.

Hello José
Find cheap tacos, tostadas and churros at Hello Jose 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 up an unassuming staircase, Mamasita is one of Melbourne’s best modern Mexican joints. Impress the most discerning dining companions with mouth-watering crispy fried whitebait, kingfish collars with habanero crema, and tostaditas piled with vegan chorizo. Top off your meal with a liquid dessert or a sweet corn ice cream cone.

All the food at this Melbourne institution is made from scratch, from tortillas to 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.

La Tortilleria
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.

La Tortilleria offers you a traditional Mexican tortilla experience

La Tortilleria offers you a traditional Mexican experience

Mesa Verde
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 oyster, pineapple and serrano ash salsa, confit lamb ribs, crispy baja-style fish tacos, and churros with mezcal hot chocolate sauce. Wear your stretchy pants.

Paco’s Tacos
Nourish your senses with healthy, fast and delicious Mexican street food, accompanied by a cheeky bebida. Don’t miss the sweet corn and pickled jalapeno croquetas, and tacos stuffed with 14-hour slow cooked pork shoulder with peanut mole, pineapple and kohlrabi. Paco’s Tacos embraces the values of family, friends and fun.

Bodega Underground
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.