Tacos. The quintessential street food of Latin America doesn’t lose any of its magic here on the other side of the world. There’s no doubt about it, Sydney’s got some damn good tacos.
From food truck to table service to the cantinas and taquerias in between, here’s where you can find Sydney’s best tacos.
This cheeky basement restaurant in the CBD serves up some of the best damn tacos in Sydney. Crispy fish, braised pork, and wagyu beef are the standouts, but do yourself a favour and try them all. It’s easy to do on Taco Tuesdays for $3 a taco from noon to close.
Surry Hills and CBD
At $6 a pop, each taco is generously stuffed with flavourful chunks of pork, beef, chicken, prawn or tofu. Always drawing intrigue from newcomers, El Loco has a weekly changing, secret taco on the menu that never fails to surprise. The staff are under strict instruction not to reveal what goes into it until after you’re finished.
Tried and true over the years, Surry Hills bar, The Norfolk, is a local staple when it comes to a taco you can rely on. Here you’ll find crave-worthy pork, chicken, beef, fish and veggie tacos but then they take it to a whole other level with a dessert taco featuring deep fried banana, chocolate, and peanut butter ice cream in a crunchy shell.
CBD and Miranda
Tacos take on a fresh and seasonal twist at this Sydney Mexican restaurant. Rather than the standard pork and beef tacos, Méjico offers a more novel variety of tacos consisting of braised lamb, salmon and soft-shell crab. Non-traditional fillings in this case, but great tacos nonetheless.
Experience the flavours of Mexico as you work your way through the taco menu. The chipotle octopus taco at Mr. Moustache will transport you to the streets of Monterrey, while the beer-battered fish taco beckons the best of a seaside village on the Baja peninsula.
As if straight out of Oaxaca, a Central Mexican spirit rules the day in this open air Sydney restaurant bursting with colour and character. The soft-shell crab taco here is not to be missed and while you’re at it, go in on one or two of their signature margaritas – they’re delicious (and deadly).
Beach Burrito Company
It's no secret that we're big fans of this beachside eatery, which is dishing up some of the best Mexican food in Sydney. For your taco fix order the char-grilled chicken with pico de gallo, blended cheese, guacamole and smokey salsa, or the slow-roasted pulled pork with chipotle mayo and chilli salt. You'll often find us here for Taco Tuesdays, when you can dig into these bad boys for just $3 a pop. Plus keep your eyes peeled as Beach Burrito Co are launching a brand new taco in the coming weeks!
Playa Takeria pride themselves as ‘a piece of Mexico in the heart of Sydney’. They even advertise the fact that they have Mexican chefs manning the kitchen. All of this manifests itself into some of the tastiest—and of course most authentic—tacos in town. A fan favourite is the adobo marinated pork topped with pineapple for a hit of freshness.
Head to Barrio Chino in Kings Cross to get your late-night taco fix. Open until 3am on the weekends, it’s a little gem in the city where you can stuff your face with $6 dollar tacos in between shots of tequila. Soak it all up with braised chicken, lamb barbacoa, marinated steak or pulled pork carnitas.
Chica Bonita in Manly is where it’s at for a tacos dinner. They only start serving tacos in the evenings, so do something productive during the day so that you’re more deserving when taco time comes around. The crispy fish taco is especially rewarding with crunchy cabbage and a spicy Baja cream.
The beloved food truck formerly known as Cantina Mobil makes its way around town, serving the hungry citizens what they want. And what they/we/everyone wants is a soft flour tortilla with choice of chipotle beef, achiote chicken, chilorio pork, or pinto beans. If you spot them on a Tuesday, don’t forget: $3 Taco Tuesdays.
It’s worth a trip up to Narrabeen for the tacos at Mexicano. The ingredients that go into these tacos are fresh and locally sourced. Here, the quality is high especially when it comes to the fish taco, which uses the fresh catch of the day and is topped with a spicy chipotle mayo. For a land option, the chipotle beef brisket taco is second to none.
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