Mexican cuisine is a constant in our lives. My husband would literally go into a frenzy if he didn’t get a taco at least every two weeks, and my 4yr old thinks quesadillas are a food group. With Mexican restaurants popping up all over the place – our choices are endless.
One of the first modern Mexican restaurants we visited in Sydney was Mejico. This one was selected purely because we walk past it on a regular occasion. On arrival the first thing that caught my eye was the decor. Bright, funky 80’s with casual timber furnishings here and there.
We were escorted to our table by a waitress with attitude who barely met our eye and was more concerned with her smartphone than her customer service, so we were not off to a good start. I am making the assumption that she also was in some sort of managerial position due to the fact that she was wearing something slightly different to the regular service staff (hopefully not an owner).
Luckily for us, that was the last we saw of that ray of sunshine. Our waitress for the rest of the evening was lovely and full of good intentions. Unfortunately good intentions don’t make my guacamole and plantain chip starter arrive at the table any sooner than 5-10 mins after our mains!
The mains were hit and miss for us. On our table we had one of each of the three Tacos on offer (Braised Lamb Shoulder, Smoked Pork Belly, Grilled Ocean Trout) and the Glazed Pork Ribs with the Chipotle Chilli Marinade. The tacos were okay, if not a little underwhelming compared to their menu description. The ribs were of a decent size and the marinade was fantastic. The sides of polenta chips (more like polenta cakes) and blackened corn were bland and invisible respectively. The table made guacamole and plantain chips (that I mentioned earlier) seems to be one of the signature dishes. It would have been a nice touch if it hadn’t taken so long to arrive and I suspect it causes quite a lot of delay across the restaurant.
The cocktails were flavourful, the beer range is purely Mexican, and the wine list doesn’t have a local or NZ drop in sight with the majority of bottles coming from Argentina, Spain & Chile. I guess that the drink menu is staying within Mejico’s theme. Still, with the extraordinary wine Australia has to offer, I find it a little surprising. The menu also features a Chia Concotions section and an extensive tequila range.
With the amount of great modern, fast, and authentic Mexican on offer around town, I’d be hard pressed to return to Mejico any time soon.
105 Pitt Street
02 9230 0119