Whether you like your Mexican food fried and cheesy or light and breezy, Sydney's restaurants offer the full range of styles. Eat your fill of burrito bowls and chow down on cheesy nachos at these top taquerias.
1. Playa Tulum
You'll be whisked away to a tropical beach with the colourful menu at Playa Tulum. Get this fiesta started with a beautiful watermelon and fetta salad, or maybe a refreshing cactus one instead? The guacamole goes deluxe with addition of pomegranate seeds, pepitas and coriander. For the main event, choose from tacos, burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas. There's plenty of choice for all appetite levels here. The fish tacos are light and fresh, with battered Chilean sea bass, lettuce and salsa. Those with a heartier appetite can feed the beast with the anaconda burrito. It clocks in at a hefty kilo of brown rice, salsa roja and your choice of filling.
2. Guzman Y Gomez
It may be a chain, but Guzman Y Gomez never skimps on the flavour. This Mexican taqueria runs like clockwork, churning out top-notch burritos stuffed with Australian jack cheese, vegetarian black beans, rice, pico de gallo and house-blended salsa. With this as your base, you can pick and choose from an array of meat and veg to customise your burrito. Chipotle-grilled chicken, pulled pork and pan seared barramundi are just a few options to get you going. If you're gluten free or watching your waistline, ditch the wrap and go for the burrito bowl instead.
3. Beach Burrito Company
California meets Australia at the Beach Burrito Company. Feel the cantina vibes with surf snacks like the tiki prawn salad or lime and chilli taquitos. Burritos are dressed up with zesty pickled vegetables and green goddess salsa. Vegetarians get more options than the standard beans and rice – feast on delights like the garden burrito. With sweet potato wedges, halloumi, pickled veg and pico de gallo, it's a substantial meal with not a bean in sight. If you're looking for something on the naughtier side, order a flash-fried chimichanga. Golden-brown and crispy, they're perfect for dunking in sour cream.
4. Barrio Cellar
Late night burgers get a Mexican twist at Barrio Cellar. Chow down on the 'hamburguesa', topped with spicy additions including pickled jalapeno, chimichurri mayo and chipotle mustard. It's sure to get your pulse racing. There's a good selection of more typical Mexican bites like mushroom and kale tacos or chipotle grilled corn. On the lighter side, a crunchy jicama salad packs a refreshing flavour punch with its guava dressing.
5. Dos Senoritas
Dos Senoritas encourages you to go big or go home. When you're ready to get down to burrito business, this is the place to be. Options like the 'Mac Daddy' need to be eaten with two hands, or you'll risk dropping a good portion of black beans and chilli verde down your lap. If you've never tried mole Oaxaca before, it's time to right this wrong. Get with the program and order it here; one taste of this chicken in dark chocolate sauce and you'll know what all the fuss is about. Finish off your meal with even more chocolate in the form of churros and a molten dipping sauce.