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Published February 26th 2019
All Mexican food is the same, it’s just folded differently
It was Billy Connolly who remarked "All Mexican food is the same, it's just folded differently" and this certainly resonates with most of the Tex-Mex cuisine you'll find available for sale at the various Mexican-themed restaurants around Melbourne.
It was with sanguine countenance then that I visited Bentleigh's Mexico City franchise. The first sign was positive: it was crowded on a Tuesday evening. I looked forward to an authentic Mexican experience, upon reflection though this would involve being cut down by an Uzi-wielding drug lord's henchman so probably not what I was after. A belly full of inauthentic burritos is infinitely preferable to a belly full of authentic lead.
The menu certainly supported Connolly's above contention. The typical Tex-Mex arrangement and re-arrangement of beans and meat either atop, within or below a tortilla made up the majority of the one-page menu. The dish that caught my eye, however, was the Prawn Paella, though I had thought the Paella a Spanish rather than a Mexican dish.
Although the paella was, in fact, delicious – the sauce a temperate blend of viscosity, salt and spice – it wasn't toasted (read burnt) at the bottom as I thought the traditional Paella should be. Served on a yum cha style sizzling hot plate. it was more of a rice stir-fry than a Paella but you take what you can get.
In concession to those folks who insist on eating healthy, there were some fajita salads available which could keep the calorie counters from clocking their MyFitnessPal board game.
Apart from these two features to the Mexico City marketing model, there isn't much to set it apart from the Taco Bill further up the road.
On an aside, my daughter's consumption of your soft shelled taco was interesting: unravel the tortilla leaving the nutritious filling sitting on the plate and just consume the tortilla. To her chagrin, she was forced to eat the meat and vegetables after-the-fact, like her father before her and his father before him.
In conclusion, if you're after a relatively nutritious and tasty meal Mexico City can provide this in the form of fairly run-of-the-mill Tex-Mex. For something that goes above the humdrum Central American fodder at your typical Tex-Mex joint, try the Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda.