Friday, January 4, 2013

Beach Burrito Company: Mexican beached in Newtown

Last year had to be the year of the burrito and taco in Sydney: from the fast-sprouting popularity of "healthier" Mexican fast food chains, to pub menus and dedicated Mexican restaurants decked out in Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead style.

Beach Burrito Company is a chain that falls into the latter category and its Newtown outlet pumps with music that matches the colourful and somewhat dark, macabre wall murals celebrating the dead.

Monteith's pear cider at Beach Burrito, Bedford Street, Newtown
Unlike a majority of the Mexican food chains, Beach Burrito is a licensed venue which offers a couple of frozen margaritas and an interesting list of beers. The pear cider isn't terrible but probably not the best match to the cheesy Mexican fare.

Chilli fries
There's no pretending when it comes to the chilli fries - there is nothing healthy about it. Not-quite crisp potato chips come smothered with a generous helping of cheese and beef mince chilli with beans that's spicy really only where there are dried chilli flakes.

Sour cream and a rich, smooth mixture of avocado guacamole round out the rather large small-size basket of chips that's about a meal on its own.

Prawn and mango quesadilla
The sour cream and guacamole also accompany the quesadilla, which is a sizeable and particularly cheesy option covering half a large white plate.

Corn chips on the side add crunch and interest to the flat tortilla filled with prawn pieces and sweet mango cubes, while the pico de gallo tomato and coriander salsa contribute much needed freshness amid all the melted cheese.

Mucho burrito
The muscle man sticker sealing the foil wrapping of the Mucho Burrito gives an accurate indication of what's within.

It's a bit of a monster meal-and-a-half, filled with almost every meat on the menu, rice, beans, cheese and more; enhanced with a beer and some of the fiery hot sauce options on the tables.

Mexican food has quickly become a Sydney mainstay, in the land of fast food at the very least. It will be intriguing to see what new food trends arise in 2013 but in the meantime, I'm happy to beach myself at Newtown's little Mexico.

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gaby @ lateraleating said...

Looks a lot more Tex-Mex than authentic Mexican.

Mel said...

I quite liked my meal here - I had a really delicious fish burrito and I loved the chilli poppers.

Vivian - vxdollface said...

mm chilli fries :3

john@heneedsfood said...

I had dinner here about a week ago and thought it was terrible. It's far from real Mexican food, being more the American variety. Nowhere in Mexico will you find chilli fries other than, perhaps, in an American restaurant in Cancun. Best part of the Tex-Mex meal was the Sol beer.

Julie said...

Lots of Mexican places popping up these days in Sydney. Those chilli fries does look like a meal on it's own!

Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

Have to agree that mexican is popping up everywhere, just like froyo. I love me some mean chilli fries and it looks like this place is it!

Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said...

Those chilli fries look delish!

Tina said...

Hi gaby - You're right; the sour cream gives it away!

Hi Miss Piggy - Oooh, I didn't see the poppers... next time.

Hi Vivian - Yep, soggy chips and still good.

Hi John - That's a shame. Absolutely Tex Mex, but in a better environment than we're used to seeing it in, I think.

Hi Julie - It sure was! Meat, carbs, dairy and all!

Hi Tina - Doesn't seem like many places do chilli fries... or I just haven't come across good/better ones yet.

Hi Sherrie - Sure were (don't think about the fat/carbs...!)


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