There seem to be tacos on pretty much every menu these days! So we’ve taken this dilemma on ourselves and gone on a Mexican mission to find you the best Mexican restaurants in Sydney, because here at The Urban List, we believe no one should ever have to encounter disappointing Mexican food.
This renowned CBD Mexican eatery has opened in Miranda and boy are we impressed. Featuring so much more than your standard quesadilla and burrito menu, Mejico offers some of the tastiest guacamole in Sydney, not to mention some damn delicious ceviche (tuna and scallop are our picks) and chargrilled Hunter Valley lamb to boot. You definitely can’t go wrong here. If you’re after something a little more substantial, the octopus and chorizo hot pot or soft shell crab tacos are not to be missed.
Beach Burrito Co.
Nestled just a stone's throw away from the sand, Beach Burrito Co. is a regular pit stop for a post-surf snack. Offering some of the tastiest Mexican food in Sydney, Beach Burrito's menu has everything from jalapeno poppers to burrito bowls and quesadillas, with frozen margaritas to wash it all down. The perfect place for a casual night out with well-priced, delicious food means Beach Burrito will always be our local.
Found in the heart of the CBD, Contrabando is a little different. A mix of southern Californian and old-school Latin American flavours, means that the menu is filled with things like yellow-fin tuna ceviche tacos, kingfish tostados and a mini chorizo “dirt water dog” with habanero mustard and salsa criolla. There’s also a custom built rotisserie and a ceviche bar – need we say anymore? Didn’t think so.
Offering a little bit of fanciness compared to all the cheap and cheerful Mexican food in Sydney, Mr. Moustache is always rammed full of people, and we know why. The cocktails alone are worth a visit, as this place knows how to work with agave. The food is just as delicious, opting for a fresh and simple approach. The guacamole with beetroot chips, tostadas and tacos are our picks. It seems it’s time for Mexican food to get a classy makeover, and Mr Moustache has achieved just that.
Merivale’s super popular El Loco has been feeding many a local uni student and taco addictions ever since it first opened. Always chock-a-block because of its super quick and tasty menu that always hits the mark, count yourself lucky if you manage to nab a bench outside with the cacti. So get in quick before the lunch and dinner rush and snack on some of the best guacamole in Sydney.
A more colourful and tropical approach to Mexican, Playa Takeria is becoming a local favourite down in Darlinghurst. The Freda Kahlo mural alone is worth a visit but if you’re after some Mexican food that will look after your tastebuds – you’re in the right place. The Tulum tostaditas with fish ceviche, taco don pastor of adobo pork with pineapple and grilled chicken burritos with puebla rice and chipotle salsa are all equally delicious. They have also recently started offering delivery and we like the sound of pyjama taco date nights!
Barrio Chino calls itself Sydney’s premier Mexican taqueria and tequileria, and with the kitchen open till 2am on Friday and Saturday nights, we are mighty impressed with their approach to Mexican street food served dinner table style. The drinks list is just as intriguing as the food, with more than 80 100% blue agave tequilas behind the bar!
House made tortillas for the soft-shell tacos means this Northern Beaches restaurant is everything other than laid back when it comes to serving up delicious Mexican food! Packed in the afternoons with many a blonde surfer, we suggest snacking on some super tasty corn chips and guac as well as the not-to-be missed quesadillas.
The Eastern’s El Topo rooftop restaurant channels a fun and delicious “Day of the Dead” style vibe and has quickly become a favourite for Bondi locals for this very reason. The menu has lots of options for those taco or burrito obsessed, but if you’re just after a snack (are you game enough to try the roasted crickets?) and a cocktail then you will be more than happy at El Topo.
Amigos, how does this sound: a chocolate, orange and habanero infused cinnamon whisky mousse for two? Manly’s cool and flavoursome small bar with a focus on Baja style Mexican food means that it’s a bit like a mariachi band in your mouth. It’s cheap and cheerful to boot, which means you better grab some of those California burritos quick stat!
Dos Senoritas has been a huge hit on the Gladesville food strip and we have to say we agree. Traditional, colourful and a whole lot of yum, the food here is not to be missed. The giant burrito will test even the manliest of men, but if you’re after something a bit lighter, the delicious fish tacos are sure to please and, of course, pairing it with a simple yet fresh margarita makes for a fun night out with friends.
Image: Beach Burrito Co.