We're mighty big fans of everything originating south of the border in Melbourne. Tacos, burritos, guacamole, enchiladas… you get the drift, now let's get down to business. You can taste the hottest Mexican of the moment at these standout spots.
When you're dreaming of beachside cantina realness, Radio Mexico's ready to serve you. This Melbourne restaurant dishes up everything you need for a tasty Mexican feast. Small dishes like chargrilled corn on the cob and guacamole get you off to a lip-smacking start, all made lovingly from scratch. For the main event, dig into the chicken mole verde or the Yucatan pulled pork. Prepared with only fresh ingredients, the chilli-tinged sauces will add major flavour to your life. You can choose from an array of sides to mop up every last morsel of yum, from warmed tortillas to hand-cut corn chips.
Order a DIY kit from Paco's Tacos and impress your friends with your mad taco-making skills. Positioned in the CBD, this cheery little café draws a smartly suited lunchtime crowd for its fuss-free take on Mexican fast food. What better way to seal a deal than over a platter of nachos and a couple of margaritas? The taco kits come with everything needed to create towers of tacos in the comfort of your own home. Order the carnitas pack and you'll get slow-cooked pork shoulder, peanut mole sauce, pineapple and crunchy kohlrabi. Or if you like your tacos vegetarian-friendly, the verduras pack includes black beans, shredded carrot, pickled onions, feta and jalapenos. It's a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, but there's also no shame in hoarding all the taco goodness for yourself.
When it comes to flawless flavour combos, El Chino goes the extra mile. This Mexican eatery adds the flavours of Latin America and Spain to the menu, so apart from the usual tacos and burritos you'll find some creative tapas as well. The quinoa chilli mussels are a prime example, combining fresh Port Arlington mussels with quinoa, lime, coriander and a Spanish sauce. Finish your meal with something sweet. The Mexican sodas are ridiculously refreshing and the churros have a bit of a kick to them thanks to a hit of cheeky chilli.
For authentic Mexican in Melbourne, it's hard to top Si Senor. Owner Vince Tesoriero flew head chef Cindy Flores over from Mexico to lend her magic touch to the menu. Ingredients like specialty chillies are also imported, while the tortillas and totopos are made from scratch using time-honoured recipes. The end result is that every dish takes you down to flavour town, with little extras that you just won't get anywhere else. Case in point: the 'Guacamole Del Senor', topped with chorizo, adobera cheese and multiple fresh salsas.