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Published February 14th 2013
Send your taste buds into a fiesta at Mexico Food & Liquor
Sydney is right on trend with a spate of Mexican eateries opening at the moment, and one of the new kids on the block delivering on its name is Mexico Food & Liquor, located just a short walk from Central Station, at 17 Randle Street in Surry Hills.
The kooky décor of this place includes a range of Mexican style artifacts and designs. The walls are adorned with murals of skulls, portraits of Frida Kahlo, and other Mexican and Catholic-themed art.
Every inch of the restaurant is filled with bits and pieces of skulls, plants, empty tequila bottles, candles, flowers, paintings and other Mexican themed items, which are displayed across the whole restaurant.
Mood lighting from globes inside cages hangs from the ceiling, while tea light candles provide just enough light at each of the tables, which includes a mix of bench seats, tables and banquettes.
Even the staff are well dressed, and the women wear gorgeous red flowers in their hair. The devil is in the detail here for the food, service and ambience.
The menu offers plenty of options including meat dishes, salads, snacks, and desserts with a fresh take on traditional Mexican dishes. All are well priced and perfect for sharing.
The food is delivered just as quickly as the beats of the vibrant Mexican tunes playing in the restaurant.
Start with the tostaditas of crab, almond and green onion mojo with cucumber, lime, grape for $8, which is presented on a small chopping board. Served on golden triangles of crisp tortilla, the crab meat mixture atop is ridiculously moorish.
Another good option is the beetroot, blood orange chilli peanut and queso fresco salad with tostada for $10, which is fresh and packed with flavour. The sweetness of the beetroot goes well with the bitterness of the blood orange, and when combined with the creaminess of the Queso Fresco cheese, is a perfect combination.
The quesadillas with prawn, smoked paprika, chilli and orange and served with corn salsa for $12 are also a top pick. Packed with punch, these triangles are flavoursome and add a bit of spice to your life.