Bringing both the vibes and flavours of the Mexican Pacific Coast to Sydney's shiny eastern suburbs is Sinaloa.
Set up in the former Mrs Sippy site, it ticks two of Sydney's current Mexican obsessions off the list with a saucy sharing-style wagyu birria on the menu, and an impressive list of boutique mezcal and agave spirits too. But there's heaps more going on here.
Led by acclaimed chef Axell Torres Villa (Bar Patron), whose resume includes time in the kitchen at Noma and MeroToro where he was mentored by Jair Tellez, Sinaloa's a la carte menu draws in some Aussie natives to create something new and complex.
Try the scallop aguachile, a spicy ceviche with cucumber, karkalla, Davidson plum, and kelp, or the stracciatella and confit tomato tostadas with epazote oil and lemon myrtle. There are tacos, a stone-baked quesadilla, and a set menu too if you want to try it all.
Oh, and bottomless brunch on the weekends, mid-week mezcal and tequila masterclasses, and a vibing open-air Hacienda bar and courtyard with DJs playing disco on Friday and Saturday nights.
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