Western Sydney writer, trier of new things and lover of food
Published August 26th 2014
A taste of Tex-Mex in Western Sydney
I don't come across Tex-Mex eateries in Western Sydney very often (the closest would be Mexican food), and came across this one by chance whilst heading towards McDonalds for lunch. Walking towards the golden arches, I spot a massive sign saying "Tornados" and curious, I walk over and take a peek inside.
The faux bricks inside the shop with the rustic wooden chairs and tables capture the feel of a pub out in the middle of the Arizona desert. The food on display is colourful and I particularly like the look of the roasted vegetables and chicken – it looks very hearty and juicy. The prices of the food range from $3.90 (crinkle cut fries) to $39.90 (family meal packs). I am little undecided as the Hell Burger ($13.90 for a combo) looks so mouth-watering…literally (consisting of beef, onion, jalapeno, cheese, cayenne mayo). And the Tornado Dog with mushroom, onion, capsicum and cheese sauce ($13.90 for a combo) also look very tempting.
After careful consideration I decide on the quarter chicken combo with crinkle cut fries, coleslaw and drink ($9.90). The chicken has a crispy skin and the marinade is mildly spicy and smoky. I add a bit of salt and pepper to the fries but after biting into it realise it's not really needed as it has a BBQ sprinkle on it that is also mildly spicy. Their coleslaw is a little bland and not as tangy as other coleslaw I'm used to but I don't mind as I don't like it too tangy. On the up-side the coleslaw is fresh, crisp and creamy, not wilted. The meal is quite filling, given that the serving size is not so big.
This is the first time I have eaten Tex-Mex food outside of the USA and I'm not disappointed by the quality of food. As for the flavour? Their website says that the owners started the restaurant to bring the authentic flavours of southern USA to Australia and after getting a taste of the chicken, I'm looking forward to coming back and trying the Hell Burger and Tornado Dog.