As an international city, Sydney is blessed with world-class cuisine. From French to Italian, Japanese to African, Australian palates have become accustomed to a diverse range of flavours from around the globe. Hispanic food is popular on all points of the compass, and the harbour city is home to a raft of amazing Mexican restaurants that are bursting with dishes to tantalise your taste buds. So take yourself on a trek in search of Sydney’s finest Latino cantina that will leave you feeling hot, hot, hot!
Located in the heart of the CBD, Mejico is a colourful and vibrant kaleidoscope for the senses that prides itself on delivering outstanding, modern, market-to-table Mexican cuisine. Encompassing a variety of regional flavours, the restaurant’s chefs source ingredients directly from producers, ensuring every dish is bursting with freshness and zing. Sit back and watch as guacamole is smashed at your table, then gnaw on the signature corn lollipops that explode with character. The soft pork tacos with chilli caramel salsa marry perfectly with the habanero-boosted achiote chicken to deliver a knock-out punch. Wash it all down with a jalapeño margarita or a Michelada cerveza—a beer with added hot sauce—to end your night with a kick.
El Topo Mexican
Bursting with colour, the rooftop El Topo Mexican sits high above Bondi Junction in Sydney’s east. As one of the city’s most vibrant Mexican restaurants, the stunning Day of the Dead inspired decor of this cantina sets the tone for the flavours embedded in the food. The smoked pepper enchiladas with goats’ cheese pack plenty of oomph, while it would be remiss not to give the soft shell crab with cactus salsa a go, and enjoy a chilli margarita on the side.
More pub-Mex than restaurant cuisine, the fun El Loco cantina is attached to the Excelsior Hotel in the inner-city hotspot of Surry Hills. A late-night fiesta open until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights, the tacos are tasty and the margarita slushies with blue agave tequila help bring the fun. For a real twist on classic Mexican food, try the hot dog: a house-made frank topped with pico de gallo, jalapenos, queso fresca, and more.
Guzman y Gomez
The bright yellow signage of Guzman y Gomez Mexican taqueria has become a beacon of quality across Sydney, as this chain of Latino cantinas has rapidly spread its reach across the city since 2006. Each of the 19 outlets across Sydney are proudly serving Mexican fast food, but it just happens to be some of the most authentic the city has to offer. The spicy pulled pork chipotle burrito with habanero salsa is an absolute feast, but save room for the churros with dulce de leche.
Flying Fajita Sistas
For those amigos living on the edge, the wall of hot sauces at Flying Fajita Sistas Mexican kitchen in the inner-city suburb of Glebe promises a wild ride. Featuring ominous titles such as Sudden Death, Venom, and White Zombie, these potent explosions of heat will turn your head as red as a stop sign. While the impressive tequila selection is more forgiving on the tongue, some of the offerings, such as Don Julio and Cazadores, are delicious powder kegs.
Though Mexico is thousands of kilometres away, you can still indulge in the spice, flavours, and culture with these top-notch Mexican restaurants!