So I finally decided to try Mejico after walking past it on numerous occasions. Prior to this, I hadn’t frequented an actual Mexican restaurant for almost a decade – Wow! It’s not that I don’t like Mexican cuisine, but I guess I hadn’t seen too many around (sans Max Mex and Guzman y Gomez).
Being situated next door to Jamie’s Italian, Mejico does have a bit of competition – even if the cuisine is entirely different. Now I don’t know how much influence they each had on the other, but both restaurants offer a very similar dining experience. And by that I mean both are equally loud and buzzing with activity. The ambience is a mix of trendy and upmarket sophistication. Quite different to what you’d expect from a traditional Mexican restaurant.
The prices also are on the higher scale, but that being said, the quality and taste of the food does justify it somewhat. On the night we ordered the following dishes, which I have to admit was quite filling since we didn’t have room for desert – boo!
Market Fresh Guacamole – $9
Avocado. Spanish onion. Coriander. Lime juice. Pistachio nuts. Serrano chilli. Served with plantain chips.
This is one of the signature dishes for the restaurant. The great thing is that it’s made right there in front of you by the super-friendly waiters. Another differentiator with this dish is that Mejico don’t use corn chips, instead they are served with a more natural option, sliced plantains. The taste, while obviously being different, is actually quite nice. Perhaps it’s because of the super-fresh, yummy guacamole.?
Atlantic Salmon Ceviche – $14
Coconut cream. Orange. Spanish onion. Jalapeño. Charred serrano chilli. Toasted coconut.
This dish was the star dish of the night for me. But only just! There were a few ceviches on the menu, and although I haven’t tried the others, I’m very happy we chose this particular one. It tasted absolutely delicious – definitely one of those moments where you wished your dining partner was suddenly full and offered you their portion as well!
Braised Lamb Shoulder Tacos – $16
Mint-infused mayonnaise. Gaujillo chilli. Homemade gremolata (chopped herbs.)
While the Atlantic Salmon Ceviche was the star, the Braised Lamb Shoulder Tacos came really really close. I’m a big fan of lamb and this dish was no exception. With generous portions of shredded lamb shoulder, these soft shell tacos were literally bursting with juicy flavour.
Queso Fresco - $9
Pepitas. Homemade agave syrup. Coriander.
How could I not like any form of grilled cheese? :) Great texture, taste and presentation made this a great dish overall. Wish we had ordered two servings.
Achiote Chicken – $28
Chicken breast. Chicken wings. Pumpkin puree. Roasted garlic. Ancho chilli.
I love chicken just as much as I love lamb – who doesn’t? That being said, I have to admit this dish left me a tiny bit disappointed. It’s not that it tasted bad in anyway whatsoever, it just didn’t have the same level of impact as the previous dishes. I also found it slightly confusing in it’s presentation – the neat circles of chicken breast (which is great) yet combined with the scattering of diced chicken and veggies, plus a lone chicken wing drummette – it just didn’t work for me, but again, it was by no means a bad dish.
All in all, though, I was very happy with my visit to Mejico (almost sounded like a holiday review there!). Given the buzzing atmosphere, the great selection of food and the warm and welcoming service staff, I’d happily visit again and would recommend others to do so as well.