Brunswick Street is not in danger of lacking restaurants. Plenty of new places fail to notice this, providing diners with much the same old fare. Hecho en Mexico, which has opened up in a spot recently vacated by the Amigos restaurant chain, is one of those places which has wised up.
Hecho en Mexico is anything but slick. The owners' first move was to put up signs advertising $3 beer – certain to catch attention, but not promising in terms of Brunswick Street foodieville. That said, the simplicity of the place was an appealing contrast to the over-slick Mexican franchise that previously occupied the site, and Brunswick Street isn't exactly swimming in Mexican food. I gave it a try.
It was a good move. Hecho en Mexico doesn't offer up the bland, Tex-mex fare that so often reaches Aussie tables.
The menu has the same straightforward touch as the restaurant's signage. Burritos, enchiladas, nachos and tacos are offered up with choices of meats and salsas. Choose your dish, choose your meat, choose your dressing, and get yourself a drink: simple.
The food itself is equally simple. My dining partner and I shared a burrito and nachos, with a jug of sangria. The burrito featured tasty slow-cooked beef and a black bean chilli, which gave it an earthiness. The nachos, with our choice of chorizo, were surprisingly rich. The accompanying salsas were a little bit of a let down for die-hard fire-breathers. The sangria, on the other hand, was perfect: a beautiful blend of citrus and sweet red wine, tangy and fortifying us against the hot night of our meal.
The verdict? While not earth-shattering, our meal was good – something that a lot of Hecho's neighbours can't always guarantee. For a restaurant in its very early days, Hecho en Mexico shows promise. Seeing someone sticking to the basics is refreshing on this street where overpriced, overworked food is all too often the norm.
This restaurant is about as Mexican as Pizza Hut is fine dining. I went a week ago with a friend. The food reminded us of late night kebab food. Bland, tasteless, un-Mexican and their idea of a hot salsa was a bowl of hot kebab chilli sauce.
Whilst their predecessors, Amigos was overpriced, their food was clean, crisp and amazing, whereas the food served at Hecho en Mexico was the complete opposite - nothing more than something you might want to eat after staggering out of one of the local bars.
The clientele were of the very young binge drinking variety and if it weren't for the $3 beers I doubt they would have ant customers.
Wouldn't even give this place 1star - absolute rubbish and shouldn't be allowed to call itself a Mexican restaurant - Taco Bell is more authentic.