Brisbane's Mexican scene still has a way to go. The right ingredients can be hard to get, and the Mexican expat population is slim compared to say, the Vietnamese and Chinese populations. Then there's Tex-Mex, which has its place, but tends to be conflated with genuine south-of-the-border cuisine.

These restaurants are leading the pack. A few do fusion in a respectful way, but for the most part they work with traditional recipes and ingredients such as ancho, guajillo and poblano chillies; 100 per cent agave tequilas and mezcals; and perhaps most importantly of all, nixtamalised white-corn tortillas.

Baja

Refined share plates and mezcal on a classy corner of Brunswick Street.

211 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Maya

While rooftop bar Eleven takes a break, we have this Mexican pop-up. There's ninety seats, a local-produce driven menu and a shedload of tequila, all set to those jaw-dropping views.

Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
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El Planta

A permanent home for some of the city's best vegan tacos, with slick wines, cocktails and Mexican beer to match.

2/58 Hope Street, South Brisbane

Ivory Tusk

A Palm Springs-inspired restaurant and bar in the space which formerly housed Woolly Mammoth.

633 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

California Native

A California-style bar and grill in a family lodge setting.

420 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo
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