Let’s taco ’bout the Mexican restaurants in Melbourne
So, we’re guessing you clicked on this article because, like us, you start feeling all hot and bothered at the thought of tucking into a freshly made margarita and a round of carnitas. Is there a more iconic duo? We think not. As you’re probably aware, the Mexican restaurants in Melbourne are sought after and popular. So we’ve put together a little list to guide you to live your best Mexican life in Melbourne.
Mexican cuisine is a multifaceted one, to say the least. You’ve got real, authentic Mexican cuisine, you’ve got Tex-Mex and then you’ve got something that resembles the kind of Mexican cuisine that was all the rage in Australia circa 1999. You know what i’m talking about – we’ve all got a soft spot in our hearts for shredded cheese and a box of hard taco shells. Now though, Mexican restaurants in Melbourne are all about fresh and creative flavours so you’ll find some seriously delicious options.
When life gives you limes, make a damn margarita
The time for Mexican food is well and truly here. It’s the time for mojitos and nachos, for burritos and Negro Modelos, for spice, lime, zest and good, good vibes. For healthy Mexican food and for vegetarian Mexican food – can you tell we’re excited? So, let’s pay homage to all that is Mexican cuisine and pay the damn fine Mexican restaurants in Melbourne a visit, shall we?
The 5 best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne
1. Mesa Verde
Obviously when talking about the best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne, Mesa Verde is high on the list. Mesa Verde’s approach to Mexican food is bold and unique, with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients playing a big role. Boasting one of the largest tequila and mezcal collections we’ve ever seen, hosting DJs to fit the vibe and a menu that is everything our Mexican dreams are made of, we could taco bout Mesa Verde forever. You can even choose your own salt for your margaritas… Go here.
Eat: Mole Negra beef cheeks with cauliflower puree and chimichurri.
Drink: El Borralho made with Bruxo No 1, kumquat, ginger, lemon and marmalade.
Level 6, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000
Eat at Mesa Verde
2. Pablo Honey
Cool as a cucumber, Pablo Honey is one Mexican restaurant in Melbourne that is well worth a look. Inspired by Radiohead and Pablo Escobar respectively, the food and drinks on offer here are creative and innovative. Think dishes designed to be shared, mains, late night snacks and vegetarian Mexican menus with dishes made using flavour combinations you won’t find anywhere else. Just be sure to order as many of the cocktails as you can too. You can thank us later.
Eat: Crispy pork hock with confit baby cabbage, chilli and lime tequila glaze and tortillas.
Drink: The watermelon and chilli margarita. Refreshing and spicy? Yes please!
68a, Acland Street, St Kilda, Melbourne 3182
Eat at Pablo Honey
3. Jalisco Mexican
With a prime position on Chapel Street, Jalisco Mexican is rustic, lively and responsible for some of our favourite Mexican food in Melbourne. The colourful outdoor beer garden is the ideal location to begin your time there, sipping on a marg and nibbling on corn chips with a side of freshly made guac. You’ll find all the classic Mexican bits and bobs here, from enchiladas to tacos and fajitas, all made with lashings of lime, chilli and coriander. It’s little wonder it’s one of the best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne.
Eat: Tiger prawn tacos with cabbage, chilli-lime mayo and pico de gallo.
Drink: Jalisco spice made with tequila, Triple Sec, chilli and lime.
69 Chapel Street, Windsor, Melbourne 3181
Eat at Jalisco Mexican
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4. Tequila Mexican Restaurant
One of the most famous Mexican restaurants in Melbourne, Tequila Mexican Restaurant in South Yarra is trendy, centrally located and home to a seriously impressive menu. With plenty of drinks, tequila and dishes on offer, it’s no why Tequila Mexican Restaurant South Yarra has the loyal following of Mexi-mad punters it has. Perfect for groups, date nights or occasions where tequila is absolutely necessary, we think you’ll love this Melbourne institution.
Eat: Chicken mole served with cilantro rice and refried beans.
Drink: Classic red sangria made with rum, orange juice, lemonade and spices.
307 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Melbourne 3141
Eat at Tequila Mexican Restaurant
5. Si Señorita Bar
Ahhh Si Señorita. This Mexican restaurant in Fitzroy ticks all our boxes. This is what Mexican cuisine is all about – simple dishes made with complex flavours, fun, messy and made to be devoured. This lively spot is all about ceviche, tacos, street food and sharing platters and we can’t get enough. With a delightful cocktail list and plenty of cerveza and wine as well as an impressive selection of vegetarian Mexican food, this casual joint is one Mexican restaurant in Melbourne you’ll be visiting more than once, trust us.
Eat: Coconut-battered fish tacos filled with red slaw and beetroot crema.
Drink: Espresso Martinez of Arette blanco, creme de cafe and an espresso shot.
312 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065
Eat at Si Señorita Bar