Though it dominated in 2012, Mexican looks set to continue its run of favour in Sydney in 2013 with the opening of Mejico, a Mexican restaurant and bar opening next door to Jamie’s Italian on Pitt St.
Perhaps it was the dearth of good Mexican food for so long that led Sydney-siders to so wholeheartedly embrace its flavours. Perhaps it’s because great Mexican is about vibrant and fresh produce (of which Australia has plenty) thrown together simply and cheaply (of which bar owners like plenty). Or maybe it’s just that it goes so damn well with tequila and mezcal.
Beneath the Newmarket Hotel lies this quirky addition to Melbourne’s bar scene. From the Melbourne Pub Group and chef Paul Wilson, the emphasis is as much on food (see our bar profile this issue for a look at the kick-arse latin food) as it is on their 30-odd tequilas and mezcals.
Opening its doors in February this year Mamasita occupies the site that once held the café/bar Recorded Music Salon. This authentic Mexican bar and restaurant – read no burritos or nachos – is a meeting of the minds between Matt Lane (ex-owner of The Poinciana and ex-GM of New York’s La Esquina) and Jason Jones (former executive chef at Orange in Windsor).
Agave is an authentic Mexican restaurant that opened its doors on Surry Hill’s bustling Crown Street mid-2009. Owned by Gerardo J Macip-Lanzagorta, a born-and-bred Mexican, Agave is strictly a sour-cream free zone.