Take a look around Brisbane’s new restaurant scene and one thing is clear: we are in the middle of a delicious and much-welcomed Mexican wave.
The opening of Day of the Dead concept restaurant SIN VIDA though has brought a significant upping of the Mexican food ante in our books.
Promising to bring the real taste and spirit of Mexico to Brisbane, SIN VIDA is the brainchild of the creative crew behind Mighty Mighty and Buffalo Bar, and is also lucky enough to call M&A Lane home, just like its older brother.
This casual eatery is kicking Old El Paso and boring burritos to the curb, with tradition and authenticity in all the right places, serving up a range of starters, entradas, primeros and principales as well as salads and desserts to round out the meal.
Food made for sharing is the name of the game here, and after downing some very delicious margaritas at the bar while we wait for our table, we get stuck in to the well-put together menu.
Of course we can’t go past the classic guacamole and tortilla (TORT-eeya) chips for starters, but the added twist of chipotle sugar coated chips is a surprising, albeit pleasant addition.
With a bottle of tempranillo on the way, we opt for two more starters; the esquites is a very yummy combo of blackened corn kernels and queso fresco (a Mexican cheese), and chicarrons—aka pork crackling, people!—with an achiote and lime dipping sauce. (Editor’s Note: To help the non-Spanish speakers among us (i.e. pretty much all of us), the menu features a handy little lingo guide, and history lesson to explain the concept behind the restaurant, too.)
For mains we order two tacos, which come as one per serve, the Mexican chicken ribs with sweet and sour plantain, the pork belly with a mole negro, and the swordfish with chorizo, blackened onion and tomato, all delicious and substantially sized.
To finish, we bypass dessert (although I’ll be back for the caramel quesadilla with sweetcorn gelato), and choose a thoroughly Mexican digestif of tequila from the great selection of blanco, reposado and anejo tequilas.
Beer lovers will also be happy, and the wine selection is succinct but well-curated, with a good list of cocktails to please the masses.
Open seven days a week from 11:30am to late, SIN VIDA is a fun and carefully considered crowd-pleaser with a distinctly different Mexican vibe sure to be hit with Brisbane food-lovers.
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
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