After hearing all the raiving reviews, magazine features and the “When are we going to Radio Mexico!?” from my dear colleague - I finally decided it was time to visit this highly spoken about gem.
This restaurant adds to Melbournes Mexican wave of restaurants that have opened up recently, also adapting the “no bookings” policy. We were lucky enough to get a seat without waiting. (Apparently quite a rare occurrence.) A queue started forming as soon as we sat down.
Excellent ambiance inside, family friendly with a touch of hipster.
I have a love/hate relationship with tequila, but this espresso margarita exceeded my expectation. Rich - but very tasty. Go for a Tequila Sunrise or a standard Margarita if you want something more refreshing.
No matter what your drink choice - you can’t go wrong, as they have a great bar with an amazing bartender. Be careful not to get addicted as it could get quite pricy at $18 a cocktail.
One of my favorite things about Mexican culture is sculls, sculls, and sculls. Radio Mexico has plenty of Mexican memorabilia which sets the vibe right and ready.
Be warned, taco madness ahead! Radio Mexico have an amazing taco menu with a lot of different unique taco’s. Priced at $6.50 a pop, sitting up there yet fairly reasonable considering the quality.
Baja - Beer battered fish, pico de gallo and slaw. Amazing fish taco’s. Very fresh and light with excellent crunch thanks to the cabbage and fish batter.
Camaron - Chipotle prawn and slaw. I love prawns. Great tasting taco, but it came with only two measly prawns! Give me more prawns god dammit.
Barbacoa - Slow cooked organic saltbrush lamb, red cabbage and salsa. Now this is better (filling wise) a generous serve of flavoursome lamb.
Carne Asada - BBQ Hanger steak with home made crema, lettuce and salsa. Delicious taco with friendly flavours.
Al Pastor - Otway freerange pork carnitas with pickled jalepeño and charred pineapple. Delicious slow cooked pork with zingy flavours coming through from the jalepeño’s and pineapple.
Albondigas - Spicy beef, pork and rice meatballs with salsa and homemade crema served with green rice. Our ‘shared’ dish. Delicious meatballs and fragrant rice. I only had a small portion. This was good, but the taco’s win this round.
Great vibes all round, a very cool place. I will definitely be back to try more taco’s!
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