If there was a neon-lit bar whipping up goblet-sized cocktails, mega platters filled with cheese sticks, chicken and nachos, and kimchi burritos—you’d want to know about it, right? Of course you would—which is exactly why you need to make way to the new George St establishment known as Vecino.
Now, if the name feels a bit déjà vu, you’re not wrong. Vecino has long held a rep for some of the biggest feeds in Canterbury and now, it’s opened another venue smack-bam in the middle of the CBD, right across the way from the Metro Theatre (in no coincidence whatsoever).
While Vecino’s southwest outpost has been serving up big, bright food since 2018, its new city outpost has taken it upon itself to mesh classic flavours of Mexican and Korean cuisine.
Not sure what that means? Sit tight. The menu at Vecino’s city joint basically sports the likes of stir-fried spicy pork tacos with marinated Korean-style spicy pork, mixed cabbage, pico de gallo, gochujang, aioli, sour cream, and guacamole. On top of this, you’ll also find kimchi burritos packed with the good stuff, bacon fried rice, smoked spicy pork, and other black beans.
While you should definitely take your tastebuds for a test drive with the quesadillas, burgers, gourmet chickens, and salads, Vecino’s menu really shines when it comes to its upsized platters, which can only be likened to a smorgasbord of euphoria. These can feed between six and eight of your hungriest mates and get loaded with chicken four ways, cheese sticks, salad, calamari, corn, nachos, and your pick of poison—champagne, beer, or flavoured soju.
You’ll also want to take note of the crafty cocktail creations, which are as much of a piece of art as they are god damn delicious. These guys come in concoctions like the Screbar Ju—a strawberry mix of soju and Korean ice cream, and the Sojito, a mash-up of Korean soju and a Mexican mojito. You can also order up chalice-size cocktails of frozen margaritas and classic Korean liqueurs.
Image credit: Vecino