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Belle: I am quite excited about all the new Mexican food places that are popping up around Sydney because Mexican cuisine is all new to me. Growing up, the only ‘Mexican’ food I ever tried was home made nachos made from Dorritos corn chips, salsa and beans, topped with a very generous serve of sour cream and cheese. It was only within the last few years ago that I tried my first burrito, experienced the taste of soft tacos and discovered the holy grail that is Tobasco sauce. And now I am hooked.

Mexico Food and Liquor is what its name suggests; Mexican Food and Mexican Liquor. B, D-Lam and I headed over here for a quick afternoon bite, but skipped the liquor. Upon arrival you are greeted with a large large wall mural at the entrance that represents anything Mexican, from Frida Kahlo to Mexican wrestlers. I particularly liked the painting of the the chihuahua. We arrived here on a late Thursday afternoon and most of the lunch diners were finishing up their meals, so we were able to get a booth next to the windows.

The interior is exactly how I imagined a Mexican bar to look like. It is dark inside with all its dark stained timber and warm lighting. In the middle of the room a row of strikingly green plants. The walls are heavily decorated with more murals and picture frames, ornaments and Mexican food products including a caged wall full of Tequila. The timber shutters on the windows cast a light shadow and I could imagine a Mexican Bar near the beach during sunset.

First thing to arrive on our table was the soft shell taco, pibil rubbed pork with black beans, red cabbage, guajillo, sesame ($6). The pork was melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and seasoned very well. It goes down a treat.

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Next was the crispy potatoes tossed in celery lime salt with spicy tomatillo dressing ($6). I was looking forward to this dish, but was disappointed. On the menu next to the description there was an indicator of spiciness with two chilli signs. But the tomatillo dressing was anything but spicy. It was a nice refreshing dressing, but not spicy as I had hoped for.

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It was also the same for the ‘Not to be missed’ (as written on their menu) Mexico’s fried chicken ($12). There wasn’t enough spice to the chicken and I ended up eating it with a lot of hot sauce. But the chicken was juicy and tender.

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Lastly we ordred the quesadilla Achiote chicken, citrus cured red onion, mint w salsa borracha ($12). This was the favourite on the table. It was a good dish with simple flavours.

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I want definitely come back next time and try all the other four tacos and other dishes that they have on their menu.

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17 Randle St, Surry Hills, Sydney 2010

(02) 9211 7798

Operating Hours: Open 7 days, Noon til’ Late

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