It’s a tradition in our family for the birthday person to pick a cuisine they’d like for their birthday dinner. This year, Miss 13 picked Mexican; which happens to also be a favourite of the kids and I. It can be pretty tricky to find some authentic and delicious Mexican food that’s also highly affordable. I’ve tried Mamasita in the city, which has an impressive menu but, we would either need to go there super early to beat the queue as they don’t take bookings or stand in line and have a really late dinner. With three kids in tow, I’d rather not take the risk.
New Market Hotel in St. Kilda is yet another restaurant Mr. C and I have previously tried but they can be quite pricey. Enter Mexico City, a local eatery that had just opened recently. I discovered this place by chance actually, when I mentioned to a mum of Miss 13’s ex-schoolmate about her birthday cuisine choice. She then told us about a new restaurant just down the road, which had been receiving some rave reviews. Cue me driving past the restaurant so that I could get the name and a quick enquiry on my personal Facebook page asking my friends if they had tried the place. Mexico City garnered some positive reviews so I thought, why not give it a go.
Situated on Centre Road in Bentleigh, Mexico City serves old school Mexican food – something I’m a fan of. While I do enjoy experimenting with the more upmarket fusions, I do love a simple yet authentic take on a traditional cuisine like Mexican food. Mexico City served burritos, nachos, tacos, chimichanga, quesadilla and even paella. For those who love a bevy or two, they also have their flavoured frozen margaritas on offer.
For our entrees we had “potachos”, which were potato wedges baked with cheese and served with guacamole, salsa and sour cream, as well as their nachos. We also ordered their combo burrito and prawn paella to share.
Mexico City’s Potachos
The combo burrito also came with some beans and rice on the side, and the paella had some negra beans, capsicum, tomato, spanish onions and Pico de Gallo – which to me is a salsa. The food came pretty quickly and was amazingly delicious! We managed to finish all the food and even shared dessert afterwards.
Dessert was chocolate nachos with vanilla ice cream and chocolate crepes filled with strawberries and served with chocolate.
Rolled chocolate pancakes
Their prices were reasonable, starting at $5 for a taco as an entree right up to $25 for a trio dip and their mains cost about the $20 mark, which would fill up two people. Service was efficient and friendly, and you would need to make a booking if you want guaranteed seats as they can get pretty busy.
This is definitely a place I would go to again if I have the craving for Mexican food. Doesn’t hurt that I won’t need to travel far to enjoy their hospitality and delicious food.
Have you been to any good Mexican restaurants lately? What’s your favourite cuisine? Also, I’ve got a “forum” going on my facebook page, asking my followers to recommend some good eateries around Melbourne for our future date nights. Feel free to share your favourite restaurants too!
What: Mexico City
Where: 260 Centre Road, Bentleigh
Ph: 9557 6663
Open: 5:30 – 10pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.