I'm an Adelaide comms professional and I love to share my dining experiences. Although I'm a vego my husband isn't so my reviews often include his meaty meals.
Published May 13th 2012
Maiz and Mezcal only opened its doors recently but already it's tough getting a table at this authentic Mexican restaurant, which is getting rave reviews.
If you've ever been underwhelmed by the greasy and stodgy offerings at other Mexican establishments, you'll be pleased to find simple flavours and fresh ingredients dominating the menu here on Magill Road.
The owners moved to Australia from Mexico five years ago, so the authenticity is palpable, with delicious home-recipes to cater for all tastes. There are a range of meats, vegetarian options and staff can recommend dishes for the kids.
As the vego on the table, I ordered the Volcan – a crispy, flat taco topped with beans, cheese, salsa and a small amount of Mexican cream, to which I also added a dollop of our side of guacamole. It was a simple and delicious dish.
The sides of guacamole we ordered to accompany our meals came with crunchy, moorish corn chips and the dip itself was vibrant and refreshing.
My family started with M&M tapas platters, giving them a chance to taste crispy, spicy chicken drumettes and various soft and crispy tacos, served with their choice of both mild and hot salsas. This was a great way to sample dishes and choose what to order next – although this could be enough food if you're not with big eaters. My family were impressed and noted that the meat was top quality - tender Angus beef rather than the usual cheap steaks you might experience at other such eateries.
M&M tapas platter Image courtesy of Maiz and Mezcal Facebook Page
The margaritas were tasty too and avoid being sickly sweet – we tried kiwi and tamarind varieties, topped with alluring spices. There was also a good range of interesting Mexican beers including lager, pale and stout.
Staff were cheerful and accommodating and the atmosphere was warm.
I won't go into more detail for now, having only been there the once – but can certainly say I'll be going back to try more.