|Tequila at Mexico Food & Liquor, Randle Street, Surry Hills|
No wall is free of Mexican paraphernalia: from wrestling masks to vintage photos, which really works in getting patrons into a tequila state of mind. On that, there's a crazily extensive menu of 100% agave tequila with pages of bottle pictures in each Blanco, Reposado and Añejo categories.
We sampled a clear Reposado straight, which warmed rather than burned with sweet vanilla top notes.
|Queso fundido with broccolini, black olive powder, corn bread|
Our waiter also recommended an additional side of soft tortillas for dipping, noting that the broccolini and corn bread were never enough to mop up the somewhat bland, watery cheese mix.
The stout glass jar here was stuffed full with cauliflower, large chillies red and green with some bite, beans and carrot sticks – all crisply pickled in a just-tart enough pickling mix.
|Pork, fish and beef tacos|
The slightly chewy beef skirt steak had the most fantastic char flavour, complemented with a zingy salsa and fried onions.
|Braised pork belly with pomegranate, spiced cabbage, sesame|
|Chocolate, orange & pink peppercorn mousse, Abuela’s sweet biscuit|
The mousse itself was a light, airy rendition with good citrus flavour, though completely overpowered and even jarring whenever one of the many peppercorns got in the way every mouthful.
While the extensive tequila menu is all 100% Mexican, the food at Mexico Food & Liquor seems to have more of a modern and perhaps Australian fusion touch to it, but it's more than made up for with the decor and fantastic fiesta atmosphere. And as for for some great tacos, do come south of the CBD, down Mexico way.