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Published May 30th 2017
Oz-Mex Fusion with authentic ingredients
The Little Mexican Takeaway, Blackwood
Kangaroo burritos, barramundi tacos, cactus and capsicum quesadillas and traditional nachos are just some of dishes on the menu at Blackwood's latest addition to the range of independently owned eateries.
The Little Mexican, at 254 Main Road, is as an Oz-Mex fusion cuisine cooking to order its wide variety of dishes on the premises using a range of authentic and traditional ingredients.
It's owned and operated by husband and wife team Heather and Jonathon Holmes-Ross, who also run the Artisan Café. Acclaimed chef Jonathon received several accolades in the UK, including entries in The Good Food Guide as Head Chef of The Lime Tree in Didsbury, Manchester before immigrating to Australia 20 years ago. After several years of working for Qantas as Executive Chef of the largest kitchen in South Australia, he decided to open up his own business, Artisan café seven years ago.
The food is quite simply delicious. And there's something for everyone with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes to chose from.
There are the old favourites of burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas, tacos and nachos, or you might fancy something a bit different like the tasty ancient grain salad or a selection of side orders. The chargrilled corn is exceptionally yummy.
Ancient Grain Salad with Beef Mojo, Chunky Corn Salsa & Verde Salsa.
The fillings include delights such as hand pulled free range pork, slow cooked in ancho and chipotle chilli, onion, garlic, smoked paprika chicken stock and cider vinegar or try the blackened chicken - free range chicken thigh char-grilled with a three (ancho, chipotle, morita) chilli rub, fennel, garlic,oregano, mint, coriander and dark chocolate.
If you're after an Australian flavour, go for the kangaroo fillet flash grilled and served pink, marinated in rub of pasilla chilli, garlic, mustard, basil, parsley, mint, oregano, watercress, chocolate, lemon & raisins, or the fresh, sustainably farmed Australian salt water barra, flash grilled with a hint of lime.
Vegetarians will love the cactus & capsicum option (roasted green, yellow and red capsicum with succulent cactus red onion garlic) and there is a mixed bean option (kidney, black, and white beans in a rich tomato sauce spiced with cumin, oregano, chilli and a hint of chocolate), and guacamole.
Plus there is a wide range of spicy or chunky salsas.
Heather, who is from Belair originally, has worked in a variety of hospitality positions in Melbourne, Perth and Uluru. She also has a PhD in chemistry. When she's not working at Artisan Café or The Little Mexican, in her spare time, she heads up Totally Locally Blackwood, the organisation which encourages residents to shop locally and use local services.
Working hard to support the local economy, like the food in Artisan café, most produce in The Little Mexican is locally sourced. Where products cannot be sourced locally, Heather and Jonathon use Australian, or international alternatives, taking into account factors such as the ethos of the company, the ecological impact of production and transportation, and the conditions of the production workers. "Wherever practicable we choose either an ecologically sound Australian product or an international fair-trade alternative," says Heather.
Everything in The Little Mexican, except the corn chips and tortillas, is cooked on site; the meat is free range and the fish is sustainable. "The corn chips and tortillas are made in the traditional Mexican way and are from an award winning Australian company," she says.
Because we're making food from scratch, we know what's in it and can guarantee dietary requirements such as gluten and dairy free, vegan etc," says Heather. "Plus you can save time by ordering online from our website."