24 March, 2013
Mejico, Sydney CBD ($$)Comments : 2 Posted in : Mexican, South American, Sydney CBD on by : firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 105 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9230 0119
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My lovely Spanish-speaking uni friend, SenoritaLay and I were planning to have sushi for dinner on Friday night. However, I happened to walk past Mejico whilst on an errand at work earlier in the day, and was reminded about the new restaurant, which I had been wanting to try for some time. We decided to check it out and, around 5.20pm I turned up at the restaurant without a booking, hoping to find a table for two.
Mejico has been open for just over a month now. It has a really funky, hole-in-the-wall vibe, with exposed brick walls painted with neon pink and black patterns. It features a large bar at the front of the restaurant, quite similar to that in Jamie’s Italian a few doors down. The wooden tables and chairs along with the (fake) candles and mortar and pestles on each table make it an interesting yet inviting space.Service
When I arrived I wasn’t sure if we would be able to get a table. The lady at the front of the restaurant told me we could either have a table for two until 6.00pm or a couple of stools at the kitchen bar until 7.00pm. I chose the latter, and was soon seated at a high table towards the back of the restaurant.
Throughout the night we had one waitress who took our orders, helped us choose dishes to order, and brought us drinks. The waitress had a South American accent which was kind of cool and added to the Mexican experience. However she was a bit touch-feely which both SenoritaLay and I thought was a bit awkward as we didn’t really know her.
The waitress brought us some water and asked us if we wanted to order drinks. We decided to go with the non-alcoholic chia drinks as they looked quite interesting.Chia is a type of seed which is believed to have cardiovascular, blood sugar and digestive system benefits as well as containing high levels of fibre, omega 3 and protein. It looked like an interesting option so we decided to try them out.
I chose the Afternoon Delight (hibiscus and apple juice with chia seeds and SenoritaLay chose Silk Stocking (lychee and ruby grapefruit). Both were excellent choices: mine was a little sour with a beautiful fragrance, and SenoritaLay’s was sweet and smooth with a light pink colour.Chia drinks, $6.50 each
FoodOur waitress recommended we try the Market Fresh Guacamole with Plantain chips as a starter and we decided we would try it out. Almost everyone at the restaurant had ordered the same thing and it seemed to be the restaurant’s star attraction.
SenoritaLay with the cool plantain chips!
The dish was made right in front of us using fresh avocado, lime juice with brown sugar, fresh cilantro, spanish onion, chilli and some pistachios to garnish.Our waitress mixed all the ingredients together in the mortar and pestle, explaining what she was adding as she went along. At the end, we were left with a chunky and colourful dip which was creamy and rich in flavour. The beautiful long plantain chips (a type of cooking banana) were long and striking and tasted great with the dip. I definitely recommend trying this out, even if it is just for the cool experience and lesson in guac making!Market Fresh Guacamole, $9.00
The waitress suggested we order two entrees to share (either a salsa, ceviche or tacos), one main and one side dish. As well as the guacamole and chips, we ended up choosing two tacos, one side dish and a dessert instead.
First up we ordered the Braised Lamb Shoulder tacos. This included mint-mayonnaise on the side and chilli and chopped herbs to garnish. There were three mini tacos presented on a cute flat plate.They were piled high with lamb and the herbs, and we also tasted some breadcrumbs in the seasoning. SenoritaLay really enjoyed this dish and I also thought the lamb was tender and soft, very well-cooked, while the tacos were nicely grilled and perfectly shaped.
The Smoke Pork Belly Tacos contained pork belly which had been smoked for 20 hours, black bean hommus and tomatillo salsa. This was my favourite dish. The pork belly was soft and smoky and was great with the creamy yet tangy hommus and fresh lime.
Both tacos were enjoyable but I would add, quite pricey considering their size. It would be better if they came in 4’s as well as it would make it easier to share!
Braised lamb shoulder taco & smoked pork belly taco, $16.00 each
Next up on the menu was our side dish of Croquetas- sweet potato, cumin, onion, and manchego cheese. Although the waitress told us there would be 5-6 croquettes, there were only 4. However, the dish itself was quite tasty, with a crunchy and golden exterior and soft, creamy sweet potato and cheese inside. The tangy dipping sauce was tasty and a great way to balance out the richness of the croquettes. A very enjoyable side.
Finally, we chose the Agave-glazed caramel fudge for dessert. The other dessert options looked a little plain: one was basically a fancy fruit salad; and the other was a chocolate shot (which we all know I have had many times at Max Brenner).
We weren’t disappointed with the fudge though. It was nicely presented on the plate with orange (citrus) mousse, shards of hard toffee and pecans. The vanilla biscuit base and creamy fudge was delicious with the contrasting nutty pecans and soft cream. SenoritaLay was really full by this stage (although she eventually managed to eat her share), but I have a second stomach for dessert and quickly gobbled this one up! Definitely a winner in my books!
Agave-glazed caramel fudge, $12.00
This meal cost us about $75 all up.
Overall I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 8
- Food- 8
- Ambience- 7.5
- Value – 6