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Published January 31st 2017
Chilli and spice and all things nice
The redevelopment of Railway Terrace in Milton has brought some really attractive options for a pre-game feed on your way to Suncorp Stadium. I decided to try Mucho Mexicano before a 7pm kickoff. Good call on my (wife's) part.
The second location for Mucho Mexicano (their first is in South Bank), the Milton restaurant has been open since September last year and is in a prime location, relatively close to the city.
We were greeted by the very friendly maître d' and shown to a nice table straight away (no reservation, around 5:45pm on a Tuesday). The décor is fantastic, with a lot of colour (and half piñatas coming out of the wall, which actually looks pretty cool!) and textures, with the bar being clean and enticing.
I'm a purist, so as much as I love margaritas, I have to have my Mexican food with beer. Admittedly the Margarita list did look pretty special.
I chose a glass of the house beer, Mucho Lager, on tap. I didn't love it. I usually always go for the draught option as it's fresher, with more chance to smell and taste the beer. I found the Mucho Lager thin and fairly tasteless – basically the same as Corona. There's some great all malt lagers out there, so it's disappointing that Mucho Mexicano are touting this as their house beer. Especially at $7 a glass. There is also a pale ale on tap, and I will try that next time.
We just wanted a quick light dinner before our football game; we chose well and enjoyed the food. We had the three taco tasting plate ($21) with one each of pork belly, chicken and snapper tacos. Our favourite was the snapper taco; perfectly battered and with a slice of radish for a big zing of freshness. The pork belly had a little bit of crackling through it, which worked better than pulled pork would have in a taco.
Pork adobo quesadilla
We also chose the pork adobo quesadilla ($19). Well presented on a black plate, they had used a decent cheese and fresh tortilla. Too often bad Mexican food is characterised by oily cheese and poor quality tortilla; so it was nice to bite into this and get a nice balance of cheese, pork, tortilla and jalapeno.
Speaking of chilli, I have to take my hat off to them for having two choices of habanero sauce on the table as standard. All too often in Mexican restaurants the only condiment you will get is a small bottle of vinegary Tabasco sauce (which I do like, but it's everywhere), so it was nice to see an authentic choice of either tangy green or spicy hot red habanero sauce.
All in all, I was impressed that you could get such good Mexican food so quickly. Book a table if you have more than two people just to be safe though. Some of the best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne allow you to order a cocktail and eat at the bar – I'm pretty sure that Mucho Mexicano would as well; this could be the best option for a couple on a busy night.
This would also make a great dessert and cocktail venue as well.
Mucho Mexicano also has a $25 special for all you can eat tacos on Tuesdays, as well as a daily happy hour from 4-6pm.