Tucked into the bustling end of Chapel Street, Jalisco (that's ha-les-ko, by the by) is dishing out some of the best modern Mexican food in Melbourne. Named after the Tequila producing State in Mexico, look out for the art-deco floral patterning and turquoise door.
Inside, you’ll find walls decked with photographs and artwork from the 70s and 80s. Follow the hot pink neon sign to the outdoor all-weather beer garden, which features a graffiti wall and glittering fairy lights at night (romantic AF).
The menu is a mix of share plates and individual servings (unless you’re keen to split a taco, Lady and the Tramp-style). We’re mad for the nachos—a combo of corn chips topped with cheese, jalapeños, guacamole, sour cream and salsa.
If we’re taco-ing about tacos, try the fiery red tiger prawn tacos, loaded with cabbage, chilli-lime mayo and pico de gallo. Braised beef, along with lightly battered fish tacos, are other highlights on the menu. Allergy-afflicted foodies don't have to miss out either, with a range of options on the menu that are both gluten-free and vego.
Quesadillas, burritos and fajitas are also solid choices, but we recommend leaving room for dessert. The Baci Mousse, a velvety chocolate mousse set (literally) in Nutella over a chocolate cake base, is served with a side of silky whipped cream. We recommend requesting a serve from your waiter off the dessert menu and tipping the bloody man.
There are eight Mexican beers, wine and over 100 different tequila varieties to compliment dinner. Eight types of premium margaritas and frozen margaritas will keep you entertained too, while you're catching up with your favourite girls or bae. If you happen to be in the market for an intimate dining area (it fits up to 25), Jalisco has that too—complete with picturesque views overlooking Chapel Street.
Image credit: Michelle Jarni for The Urban List