dinner club 2013 february | mexico surry hills

mexico food + liquor | Surry Hills

It was Jay’s choice for February dinner club. We went to Sydney’s latest Mexican buzz establishment Mexico Food + Liquor in Surry Hills (affectionately aka Slurry).

hola pic above borrowed from their website


Goodness it’s hot & muggy when we arrive after work on Tuesday evening. E & Neen are already seated at the bar (they won’t seat you until all your party has arrived, and there are no bookings!) and have the right idea… a jug of margarita!

neensjugs stolen from Neen’s Instagram @neenjackson

Although it’s quiet when we arrive it soon fills and is buzzing with after work catch-ups. The food is tasty and super quick. The menu reads like standard Tex-Mex but it’s finger food fun with creative twists that make it awesome and along with the atmosphere and funky staff give this place it’s new-kid-on-the-block buzz. All the menu items are small plates, so you order a few and graze.

20130226220559155clockwise from top left:

totes cool day of the dead entrance
wall of tequila & cerveza
long-bench tables

20130226220743681we each have a small soft taco (E & Neen have pulled pork, Jay has beef & I have fish) we share the quesadillas.

clockwise above from top left:

*Pibil rubbed pork w black beans, red cabbage, guajillo, sesame soft taco
*Beef brisket braised in coconut & ancho w green onion, chilli, papaya soft taco
*Blackboard special: chorizo & whitefish with green cabbage soft taco
*Achiote chicken, citrus cured red onion, mint w salsa borracha quesadillas

20130226220902407we share….

clockwise above from top left:

*Mexico’s fried chicken (ohmygodohmygodohmygod)
*Beetroot, blood orange, chilli peanut salad w queso fresco, tostada
*Quinoa, wild rice, green bean, grilled zucchini salad w mustard greens
*Crispy potatoes tossed in celery lime salt w spicy tomatillo dressing

ohmygodohmygodohmygod. The fried chicken is to die for!!! The salads are amazing; fresh, different & tasty!

wall of Frida

I love this place. I want to go back every night until I can’t eat Mexican anymore! If you’re local, don’t walk, RUN here!

Mexico Food + Liquor | 17 Randle St, Surry Hills


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.

8 thoughts on “dinner club 2013 february | mexico surry hills

  1. The Margarita looks awesome! And I love the ambience (as much as I can glean from the pics). As for the food – it looks way better and sounds more interesting than I’m used to!

  2. Hey Mel – suggested this place for dinner with a friend last week on the basis of your Dinner Club review – we weren’t disappointed. If I’m going to eat fried chicken (so naughty), I hope it’ll always be at Mexican Food + Liquor 🙂

  3. Ahhh, yes, I do read them when I’m getting the better of Google Reader and not the other way around! Surprise?!? I’m usually a bit shy on the commenting side, or feel like it’s way too late #solastweek. Clearly there’s no time limit on fried chicken appreciation 🙂

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