One of the best things about food in Australia is how the country welcomes international cuisines with open arms. This is certainly the case with Mexican restaurants in Brisbane. Perhaps it's because the food matches the personality of the city: vibrant, colourful and exciting. There's such a selection of delicious flavours to enjoy, from substantial mains to satisfy the most demanding appetite to delicate dishes with tastes that dance across the palate. Some of these recipes have become famous across the world but some may be less familiar to you. One thing is certain, though. If you book a table at one of Brisbane's top Mexican restaurants here on Quandoo, you're in for a tasty treat.
Many of us are familiar with some classics from Mexico, like the taco. This corn or wheat tortilla comes with a variety of fillings, including vegetables, cheese, pork, chicken or beef. Nachos have also become a staple on many menus across the globe. Tortilla chips are topped with cheese, chillies and a host of other ingredients and then grilled to create an amazingly flavourful dish. Enchiladas, meanwhile, are soft corn tortillas that are typically wrapped around tender pieces of chicken and baked with a rich tomato sauce. They are often accompanied with cheese and some variations including tuna or vegetarian enchiladas. The burrito is another popular favourite you can enjoy at many Mexican restaurants across Brisbane. This is a soft tortilla wrapped and closed around a variety of fillings, traditionally refried beans and meat. Fajitas are another dish that is not to be missed. Tender chicken, beef or vegetables are char-grilled and diners can then make up their own fajitas by adding cheese, guacamole and sour cream and wrapping in a tortilla.
The dishes mentioned above can be pretty filling, but the menus of Brisbane's Mexican restaurants also include many lighter options. Salsa is a delightful mixture of chopped tomatoes, onions, chillies and coriander. It is seasoned with salt and lime juice and served raw, usually with tortilla chips. It's a healthy and delicious favourite you will find on the menus of almost all of the Mexican restaurants in Brisbane. Ceviche is another lighter dish to get your mouth watering. This dish may date back for many centuries and consists of fresh raw fish 'cooked' by curing in lime juice. It is typically served with chopped onions, chilli and salt, although many of Brisbane's Mexican restaurants will have their own variations on the traditional recipe.
Think you know what you'll find on the menus of Brisbane's Mexican restaurants? You could be surprised. How about trying tlayuda? This is a traditional Oaxacan dish that's prepared with a large toasted tortilla spread with refried beans or sometimes asiento (pork lard), cheese and chicken. Chilaquiles, meanwhile, are quartered tortillas fried and covered with green or red salsa. This is then simmered until soft and often served with pulled pork or chicken. Empanadas are another favourite found almost everywhere across Mexico but less known elsewhere. These little pastries are filled with meat, cheese or vegetables and baked or fried. Common as street food in Mexico, they are fast becoming a new favourite with diners at Brisbane's Mexican restaurants. You can sample all of these delicious dishes when you book a table right here on Quandoo.