Mexicano in Sydney’s Narabeen is all about communal dining: long bench seats and tables; dishes are served as share platters; friendly people next to you who may well join your conversation. It’s a vibrant, busy, social eating place and it’s not intended for lone diners: the tacos and mains are served for 3 to 4 people.
While it’s nothing special from the outside, don’t be put off by the exterior: they’ve focused on the cuisine and the drinks rather than the decor at Mexicano, which is probably why it’s the talk of the Northern Beaches.
This tiny little Mexican has a extensive menu with plenty of vegetarian options: cheese quesadillas, guacamole, vegetarian tacos and beetroot salad to name a few. Cheese features heavily on the menu but there is a goat cheese option and plenty of dairy free items available. Ask the staff for the Gluten free items available on the night as the standard tortillas are made of wheat flour.
The highlights of the menu include the ceviche, beef chimichangas and all of the tacos are impressive. The buñuelo, while not what we expected as a buñuelo is a fritter, was delicious nonetheless.
Our bill for 3 people, not including drinks, was $78 and about $124 with drinks. Fabulous cocktails are $16 each – Don’t leave without trying the Passionfruit Caipiroska or two. They’ll certainly knock your socks off, I suggest calling a taxi if you start on these fun, fruity concoctions.
Mexicano is open 6-10pm, Tuesday till Sunday. 209-211 Ocean St, Narabeen.