Thursday 26 November 2015

A birthday fiesta

 Last week we celebrated Dave's birthday, and I knew that there was no cuisine he would enjoy more than some great quality Mexican.  I had vaguely heard of a Mexican restaurant on the northern beaches that served some good fodder, and after a bit of research, I discovered Mexicano at Narrabeen, along with its offshoot, MX, at Mona Vale. Being a Monday, only MX was open, so that made the decision easy.

Upon arrival we ordered a couple of cocktails - a Mojito and an MX Shaken Margarita - both of which were very refreshing on this warm spring day.

After browsing the menu for a few minutes, we decided it would be best to get a few dishes to share, so we opted for the chargrilled corn with chipotle mayo and parmesan, the "proper Mexican nachos", the beef tacos, and the pork belly tacos.

Despite having to wait some time for our food to arrive (unfortunately our waitress had forgotten to put the order through), we were very impressed with the quality of the food.

The corn was the perfect dish to start with - sweet and fresh, with the chipotle mayo acting as a great accompaniment to it. 

The nachos, while meatless, were crispy, tangy and well balanced with some fresh zesty guacamole, while the tacos came with warm, soft tortillas filled with juicy beef and pork belly. They had just the right amount of spice with the accompanying chipotle ketchup and jalapenos.

I was particularly happy with the fact that the beef tacos included shredded beef - none of this tough steak business.

Our waitress was extremely apologetic for the delay in bringing our food, and as a peace offering, she brought us some complimentary churros with cinnamon sugar, crema and cajeta milk caramel - this was an excellent dessert to share, as the churros were quite sweet and filling, with a beautiful crunchiness to them, yet not too greasy.

This is definitely on my list of great Mexican restaurants in Sydney (particularly for those who don't live so close to Glebe or Surry Hills).  My next stop will have to be at MX's parent restaurant, Mexicano, the next time that Mexican craving kicks in.

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