This new Darlinghurst outpost has only recently opened, in fact I think we visited in its opening week. I never went into Monkey Mia, the restaurant that was previously on this spot, mainly because their interiors looked so ghastly. The Beach Burrito Company team have done a pretty amazing transformation on the place (though it is a far cry from its atmospheric seaside counterpart back in Bondi). The lightingkind of screams ‘eat and run’ but the staff are warm and friendly.
We were there on $3 Taco night so decided to focus our energies into this area. What we sampled: Chipotle Chicken Taco, Green Chilli Roasted Pig Taco, Pulled Seasoned Beef Taco, Grilled Fish Taco, Chorizo Tostado and Ceviche Tostado.
This restaurant is a pay-up-front deal and what we got amazing value. We only paid $40 for a massive spread of Mexican food. So far so good.
The tacos are super stuffed, potentially too much so, to the point where I felt like I was being devoured by the taco rather than the other way around. My grilled fish taco had a lovely lime-y hit up front though the fish to salad ratio seemed a little off (short on fish). The chicken chipotle seemed a little light on chipotle but was pretty tasty. The pulled seasoned beef is just OK but the bigger problem is that the tomato salsa is transparent like it was cut some time ago. The Green Chilli Pig Taco was the winner of the taco selection. All tacos seem to be high on crunch but low on Mexican oomph.
The tostados arrive last and are larger then expected. The ceviche one is both prawn and fish with a reasonable flavour. The let down for me is the excess use of their chipotle mayonnaise which could have been skipped for this dish – I couldn’t finish it. The chorizo one is marginally better.
Guac Rating: 3/5
Though the guac was delicious, chunky with a good squeeze of lime, the corn chips were a combination of chewy and soggy (!). Sacrilige in a Mexican restaurant no matter how ‘cheap and cheerful’.
Overall Restaurant Rating: 2/5
I’ve had a much better Mexican feed at the Bondi version of Beach Burrito so I was surprised at the number of clangers in this visit. Soggy corn chips and sad salsa are not really keeping up with the hottest food trend in Sydney right now. For a cheap on the go meal that’s good value this is vaguely plausible but with so many options for Mexican available, this place is more soggy cucumber than hot tamale. Could have been a bad night, could have been that they are settling into a groove. Either way, plenty of room for improvement on this one.