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Let’s Taco Bout It | Sydney’s Best Tacos

By Jessica Best - 01 Nov 2016

sydney's best tacos
Contrabando
Sydney, NSW 1 Image
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Los Vida
Crows Nest, NSW 5 Images
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El Camino Cantina
The Rocks, NSW 1 Image
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Had To Happen
North Sydney, NSW 1 Image
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Méjico
Sydney, NSW 8 Images
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Cantina Bar
Balmain, NSW 7 Images
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El Loco
Surry Hills, NSW 1 Image
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Dos Senoritas
Gladesville, NSW 1 Image
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The Norfolk
Redfern, NSW 1 Image
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The Botanist
Kirribilli, NSW 1 Image
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Cantina Movil Garage
Glebe, NSW 1 Image
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Chica Bonita
Manly, NSW 1 Image
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Playa Takeria
Darlinghurst, NSW 1 Image
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Tio’s Cerveceria
Surry Hills, NSW 1 Image
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Some days you eat salads and go to the gym, other days you eat 20 tacos and drink margaritas. Today, is one of those days.

We don’t really have to say much to convince you that tacos are the greatest food ever. They’re zesty, chewy and full of salsa, guac and crunchy slaw. And with a flurry of Mexican restaurants and bars in Sydney, how on earth are you supposed to know which ones offer up the most delicious and authentic Mexican fare? That’s where we come in.

With our obvious affection towards tacos, we’re making a PSA to give you Sydney’s best of the best when it comes to soft-shell or hard-shell tortilla loving. Gear up, it’s #tacotime

Contrabando

CBD

Latin street food. Cocktails. Do we need to say more? Located in the heart of Sydney (more accurately, subterranean), this funky urban basement draws inspiration straight from Mexico. The tacos here have been voted Sydney’s best (and not just by our bellies). Taco favourites include crispy korean chicken, wagyu cheese burger, suckling pig in adobo and popcorn prawns with green tabasco mayo.

Los Vida

Crows Nest

Los Vida was made to celebrate the vibrant and gastronomic Mexican culture. Preaching to share the Mexican way of life through its colourful banquets, your tortilla-starved belly will not be disappointed. The Yucatan fish is a Sydney favourite with barramundi, smokey rojo sauce, zesty lime with cabbage and pineapple salsa. And we hate to make your decision difficult but there’s also a barbacoa lamb taco drizzled in adobo sauce with mint mayo and Mexican pickles. Is it too much if we start on their Mexican beers and cocktails too? Thought so.

El Camino Cantina

The Rocks

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to hit the bar for tacos. Inside the Argyle precinct of the Rocks is this classic rock n roll restaurant and bar, serving up the best margaritas and tex-mex feast. It’s loud, fun and a little crazy (with over 100 tequila and mezcal to pair with your food) and with everything from grilled chicken wing tacos (salsa macha, celery, cabral blue and crushed peanuts) to their epic cheeseburger tacos, it’s go hard or go home early.

Had To Happen

North Sydney

These guys have been serving up authentic Mexican flavours in Sydney for more than 20 years- so they know what they’re doing. And we guarantee you’ll need to bring your entire squad because this place was made for big feasts. With impressive servings of the Mexican sandwich you’ve got your tortilla filling staples of beef, chicken and vegetarian. 

Mejico

CBD

If you want the finest modern, market-to-table Mexican food in Australia, you’ve come to the right place. Chugging away on Pitt Street, is the awesome crew at Mejico who create dishes by sourcing the freshest ingredients, whether it’s their guacamole, tacos or delicious Mexican margaritas and tequilas. These tacos are made with love (we can taste it) with slow roasted pork smothered in chilli caramel salsa, aioli and crispy pork scratching and even their smoked portobello and oyster mushrooms with cauliflower puree.

Cantina Bar

Balmain

This lively little bar is a hole-in-the-wall on Darling Street in Balmain. It’s an intimate latin-mex street-food bar tboasting some damn good tortilla cooking. Do yourselves a favour and grab the salt and pepper squid tacos boosted with pickled cabbage, chipotle mayo, jalapeno and fresh lemon.

El Loco

Surry Hills

If you’re going to taco, you may as well taco the right way. That means devouring a chicken taco with sweet corn salsa in a fiesta filled rainbow of a pop-up taco joint with fruit table covers, garden furniture, spray painted walls and skull shaped salt'n'pepper shakers. And don’t ask us about the “secreto de tacos”… even we don’t know what’s in it!

Dos Senoritas

Gladesville 

If there were more award-winning tacos in Sydney, you’d want us to tell you right? Well look no further. These guys are massive on chillies and spices so expect authentic styled food straight from the streets of Guadalajara in Mexico. The team here plates up your choice of filling like the classic seasoned ground beef or fish and shrimp topped with baja sauce.

The Norfolk 

Redfern

There’s a lot of great reasons to visit the Norfolk and the tacos are just the start. This is your go-to bar for quality and delicious Mexican fare with specials like the philly cheese steak taco  and adobo spicy braised lamb shoulder rested in a soft tortilla shell.

The Botanist

Kirribilli

If basement hangs, cocktails and share plates sound like your kind of thing, The Botanist is a good fit for you. From the same guys who gave us Bondi Hardware, this balmy bar and restaurant also serves up mean tacos. Tortilla fillings take the form of teriyaki chicken with cucumber, pulled pork with slaw, and spiced bean with feta.

Cantina Movil

We’re big on our foodie trucks in Sydney, and Mexican street-food is no exception. Cantina serves up succulent, slow-cooked Mexican goodness quenching the appetites of hungry amigos all over Sydney. All about that easy life, grab a soft-shell taco with citrus Mexican slaw, queso fresco, chipotle mayo, fresh coriander and fill it with anything from slow roasted chipotle beef or citrus pork!

Chica Bonita

Manly

Fish tacos, grilled chicken tacos, spicy tuna sashimi tacos, grilled steak tacos… you get the drift. If a taco fest is on your bucket list (it better be) we have got you covered. Chica makes Mexican dishes with a focus on having a menu that’s mostly gluten-free and vegetarian. They make tasty food with wholesome and fresh ingredients, which means you can have twice the amount of tacos (right?).

Playa Takeria

Darlinghurst

We hit a taco goldmine with this one. This Mexican joint draws inspiration from the food and drinks of the region on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. And their tacos are a seriously good mix of citrus flavours and refreshing spices. See their beer battered fish fillet with cured onion, lime and chipotle mayonnaise or their succulent beef, salsa fresca and jalapeno. We don’t know how they do it, but we’re glad they do.

Tio’s Cerverceria

Surry Hills

A Mexican calamity (of the good kind), this Surry Hills bar is lit with Mexican flair and abloom with good food, great drinks, free popcorn and an epic vibe. And what do you get when you mix tacos and tequila? We’ll leave that up to you. The menu is short and snacky so it’s a real cruise deciding what to chow down on. Tacos are fresh, zesty and rich with spices so they don’t rest on your plate for very long!


Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Los Vida

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