Agavé Restaurante | review

A long overdue Date Night with my husband started with a couple of fantastic cocktails at The Bentley in Surry Hills — an ultra dirty Ketel One vodka Martini for me and an Old Fashioned for Jay. Seriously one of the best martinis I’ve had yet!

Our choice of restaurant came from a deal through Cudo. I am seriously addicted to Cudo and LivingSocial which have had fantastic offers and have been great/cheap experiences so far!

inside Agave

Agavé Restaurante Mexicano is on Crown St Surry Hills. In a city that is flush with Americanized tex-mex Mexican food, Agavé bills itself as an authentic Mexican cuisine with “Mestizo gastronomic influence”.  As we’re shown to our table for our 8.30pm booking, the place is packed and diners are loud, festive and obviously having a great time. There is a flurry of activity with the music pumping Mexican beats, waiters zipping around the floor, drinks being toasted and the smell of delicious food wafting out of semi-open kitchen.

While we’re deciding on our order, we start off with Guacamole which is freshly made with avocado, lime, tomato, onion, chilli and coriander, served with totopos. The corn-chips (totopos) are made onsite, rustic and delicious! We wash these down with a couple of Bohemias – the authentic Mexican beer.

Guacamole $15 with Bohemia $9

For a starter we share Flautas de Pollo which consists of 2 chipotle chile chicken filled crispy corn tortillas, topped with guacamole and salsa. I didn’t know what to expect really; Jay saw “chicken” and ordered it. I saw that it didn’t have too much chilli and agreed. It was crispy and fresh out of the oven, topped with cheese and served with tomato salsa. Inside, the shredded chicken was tender & juicy.

Flautas de Pollo $14

We’re getting pretty full and I’m getting pretty tipsy. I never turn down a good tequila and Jay spies Patron Reposado on the list. We do a couple of shots with tomato chilli chasers.

Patron Reposado Tequila (the shot is blurry, I must have been tipsy!)

Our mains arrive and even though it’s really good I am so full I can barely get through mine, so my wonderful hulking husband finishes it off!

MolcajetesFajita style seared chicken, rubbed with Mexican spice blend, served with guacamole, rice, feta, salsa  and tortillas.

Molcajetes $28

Jay has the Tacos Asados; apparently eaten in little corner stores all over Mexico — corn tortillas with beef strips, onion, guacamole and salsa.

Tacos Asados $22

Only because we’re talked into it by the waitress and I’m just going with the flow, we share dessert. It’s OK but nothing special. The Flan; baked custard Mexican style.

The Flan $9

We leave very happy, very full, and for me, very tipsy!

It was a great night out!

Mel & Jay after one too many tequilas (I'm newly blonde if you're wondering about the hair!)

Agavé Restaurante |
410 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia | ph: 02 9326 9072

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

2 thoughts on “Agavé Restaurante | review

  1. Mexican food in Australia? I wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it with my own eyes! (I’m from California and I guess we get a bit snobby about Mexican food.) Say, they should comp your next meal based on that review and your pics. You’ve made me very hungry indeed. I like that there was feta in the molcajetes–nice spin. Oh, and you look quite fetching as a blonde.

    1. In the last few of years Mexican has become the flavour of Sydney! It’s one of my favourite foods so I’m trying to eat my way through all the best Mexican joints! It doesn’t help that a guy I work with, who moved here from Mexico 2 years ago, doesn’t think that any Mexican food in Sydney is worthy to be called ‘authentic Mexican’. I havent seen him since I went to Agave, but Im going to get him to go and give me his opinion!
      And thanks for the compliment re the blonde hair!

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