The trend in Australia towards Mexican cooking is one that continues to grow and grow, and the latest in the line of taco trucks off the rank is Tres on Bridge Road in Richmond. Not that they’re a street food specialist: they’re far, far more than that. They offer an upscale dining and bar experience, uniting the twin delights of great tacos with sharing platters and a huge array of cocktails, bespoke drinks and, of course, tequila and mezcal. There are great bars in Richmond – is is one of the key party areas on the city, after all – and great Mexican restaurants to be found all over Melbourne, but few of them can compete with Tres on both fronts. Pay them a visit by taking the tram from the city centre to Church Street or Copping Street to transport yourself from Melbourne to Mexico City, for an evening at least. Book a table in advance, however, as they will get crowded, especially on weekend evenings.
The title of best Mexican restaurant in Melbourne is contested between some real big hitters, and indeed, pales in comparison with the fight for best bar in Melbourne. Even the right to call oneself the best bar in Richmond is competitive enough, but at Tres on Bridge Road, they think they have a claim to all three titles. Their melding of an exceptional bar – stocked with high end spirits, wines, craft beers from Mexico, Australia and beyond, and staffed by expert bartenders that know exactly how to make the best of the materials in front of them – and a superlative restaurant, where one can pick up Mexican food par excellence (or should we say por excelencia) to share with your mates to keep all to yourself.
The menu of Mexican classics is extensive, and allows for as much sharing as you’re willing to indulge in. There are taco options that can be combined into a three for fifteen bucks combo or taken individually, and filled with cola-braised pork, citrus and achiote marinated chicken, Negro Modelo marinated beer, grilled fish or veggie – plus plenty more besides – and sharing platters of nachos, grilled corn, avocado salad, ceviche tostaditas among others. Book a table and take a trip to Richmond and Bridge Road for a Mexican feast that is well worth bringing a huge group of your mates with you. We’ll see you there – we’ll be propped up on the bar, tequila on the table and tacos in hand, stuffing our faces.