Lucky Lupitas along O'Connell Street in North Adelaide specialises in Mexican dishes with many of their dishes well suited for sharing. A selection of mixed nuts was served to help sate our appetites while we waited for our meal to arrive. The restaurant can get very busy, so booking a table is advisable.
We liked that the chunks of pork belly in their Slow Cooked Pork Belly & Apple Guacamole were of a good size with the crisp crackling doing a good job of setting off the tender flesh. An element of freshness was provided by the coriander and green lime salad, with the oranges adding a bit of sweetness to the dish. The green apple guacamole helped to tie everything together.
Slow Cooked Pork Belly & Apple Guacamole (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Their Vegan Bowl had a delectable earthy flavour from the flat brown and enoki mushrooms. The vegan chipotle sauce provided a spicy hit that was not too intense. The bed of rice, which acted as the base of the dish, was cooked just right and a crunchy element was provided by the topping of fried kale. If you prefer, there is the choice of having the dish as a burrito instead.
Vegan Bowl (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Copacabana Crispy Squid had a generous amount of fried squid that was cooked to perfection. The squids had a delightful slightly spicy taste from the sprinkling of chilli powder. The plainer taste of the roasted potatoes was a good foil to the spicy squid and the addition of pickled onion gave the dish a bit of a tangy flavour.
Copacabana Crispy Squid (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Offered as a special during our visit, the beef in their Beef Enchilada was very juicy, though we thought it was a bit too salty for our tastes. The cilantro salad topping the dish did a good job of cutting through the rich taste of the beef. The dish included some cherry tomatoes for a bit of sweetness.
Beef Enchilada (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those who like their dishes to be spicier, various types of chilli sauce are provided at the table for seasoning the dishes. If you are looking for a place to enjoy Mexican dishes with a group of friends, consider giving Lucky Lupitas a try.