Mejico: part restaurant, part Mexican marketplace
Just when you thought Sydney had reached tequila saturation point, another Mexican restaurant has landed, this time in the middle of downtown Pitt Street.
But Mejico (if you pronounce the ‘j’ like in ‘jingle bells’ you’re doing it wrong) is not just your average taco joint – it “looks like a restaurant, thinks like a market”.
So as you’d imagine, it’s all about freshness. Want some guacamole? The waitstaff will whip some up in front of you. Corn? They’ll grill some. They also make plantain chips by hand and bake tostadas in-house.
The menu changes daily according to what’s good at the market, but you can always expect mouth-watering ceviches – think Hiramasa kingfish with ruby grapefruit and watermelon – and tacos, of course: think soft shell tacos filled with braised lamb shoulder and topped with mint mayonnaise and gaujillo chilli – the flavour combinations are killer.
There’s plenty more where that came from, thanks to head chef Daniel Schai’s fascination with Mexican ingredients – authentic ones that you might not expect. Not just habanero and jalapeno chillies, or smoked pork belly – what would a Mexican place these days be without them? – but fresh tropical zings from mango, hibiscus, coconut and agave. Case in point: agave-glazed caramel fudge. Oh. My. God.
Just like the bold fluoro-meets-Aztec décor, the food is modern, more sophisticated than your average Mad Mex, and a whole lot of fun.
Oh, and how could I forget – the bar. It has the biggest tequila list in Sydney, not to mention a huge array of South American and Spanish wines, cerveza and some really delicious, original cocktails. It was what drew us in – but the food made us stay. This place is fresh. Arriba!
105 Pitt Street (just up from the corner of Hunter) Sydney
Phone: 02 9230 0119
Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner
Monday to Sunday 11.30am - late