It was 2006 when I first went to México. I was traveling with my family to celebrate my mom's birthday in a different way. As soon as we arrived to Benito Juarez International airport, I could feel the "spicy flavours" in the air. We took a cab and went straight to the hotel we had booked and Oh! We were starving!!
After hours walking around the city and admiring everything, I was looking forward to try a nice, native, original Mexican food. We didn't go to a fancy restaurant, instead, we tried Quesadillas from a food truck and I was not disappointed at all!! They were just awesome! After that first food experience, the following ones in all restaurants, cafes or food trucks were simply incredible.
The Mexican food is world famous, but obviously not every Mexican restaurant make you travel to a restaurant in La Condesa, over and over again, with each mouthful of burrito, nachos con queso or Quesadillas.
Every time I see a Mexican place, I look forward to try some of their dishes wanting they could make me smile remembering those food trucks in the Mexico DF centre, where you always will ask "is it too spicy?' and they always will say no... but yes! In México even lollies are spicy!
A friend of mine invited me one day for dinner. 'Is in Dee why' she said. 'Is a very small place but it's super nice, you'll love it, it's Mexican.' Ok, now we are talking!
That's how I met The Mexican Table, a small establishment in Dee Why with a lot of personality, colourfull, vibrant and a very nice place.
Is owned by Rob Quilter who paradoxically is Australian but he spent a long time of his life working for a Mexican Restaurants in Mexico and Baja California, where he learned all the hacks and tricks on how to treat with respect the different kind of chile's, how to make a holy guacamole and how to roast chile and garlic for a special Salsa Verde. Now, he shares all his knowledge and talent with us, bringing all those amazing flavours to Sydney.
The Menu has a lot of options and almost everything is made from scratch. This is awesome as you know you are not having canned Tex-Mex food, but also it can take some time to be ready. My recommendation is to ask for any of the 'chips and dips' whilst waiting for your ordered main course, and why not, maybe a Margarita to get in the mood.
The plates always arrive super hot and fresh prepared. Almost everything has cheese on it, in it, and all over it. (I think is delicious but kind of hard choice for Vegans. If you are looking for a cheese-free meal, you can always ask the staff to remove it or for other options, as they are super friendly as well).
After that first time with my friend at 'The Mexican Table' I always come back. My choices are "los tres amigos" and maybe the delicious "Jalapeno poppers" as entrée, and for main I've tried quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas and burritos (not all at the same time, of course!)
Rob is not just the owner. He's the Chef too, and is a super kind and friendly person (and I wish someday he start selling the spicy sauce he makes, which is incredibly delicious.)
You can drop by and be lucky enough, but The Mexican Table is always packed so better book before going, to avoid disappointments. This is so far, one of my favorites Mexican restaurants in Sydney. And yes, their Quesadillas makes me travel to that food truck in la Zona Rosa, in Mexico D.F. when I tried them for the very first time.