As these cold Melbourne evenings continue, I find myself laying on the couch, sipping a mocktail (cocktails are for weekends, of course), and reminiscing about some of my favourite holidays overseas. More often than not, my thoughts lead me to the warm beaches, mountainous towns, and deep drop Cenotes (hidden natural waterholes) that make Mexico famous.
Of course, when my mind is on Mexico my stomach will ultimately follow and urge me to think of the perfectly spiced cuisine that fired up my taste buds. Even now my mouth waters at the thought of overflowing soft tacos, ceviche, fresh corn on the cob, and flavourful salads all paired with a La Paloma (think citrus flavours and salt) to wash it down.
Amazingly, Melbourne has certainly turned up the style when it comes to Mexican cuisine, thankfully due to the talented chefs and creators that have made this city their home. Gone are the questionable tacos and spices and the uninspiring margaritas and say hola to house-made tortillas, tacos, burritos, and salads that are fresh, zesty, and generous.
There are so many choice Mexican restaurants to choose from in Melbourne, however my most recent feast was at Hecho en Mexico who opened its doors to the masses in 2013 and has been serving stellar food ever since. You will literally say holy guacamole at the decor which is inspired by the traditional Mexican taqueria with bright decor and matching furniture. Hecho en Mexico prides itself on using fresh and available ingredients to create their salsas, guacamole, and marinades as well as within their cocktail menu. These ingredients are featured in a large food menu that is boasting with the traditional meals as well as additional items such as burgers with a spicy and unique twist.
The team here is more than happy to accommodate any dietary requirement which led me to order a vegan open burrito, laden with seasoned black turtle beans, vegan cheese, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, and salsa. Really you can't go wrong with something so fresh and simple and this was enjoyed with a refreshing La Paloma. Hecho en Mexico offers you five locations to head to which are Fitzroy, Brighton, South Yarra, Moonee Ponds, and Yarraville and they are of course available on delivery apps for an at-home fiesta.
If you are in the mood for something that is not pretentious, yet tasty and filling then put this on your list as another great Mexican eatery to try.