Si Senor Art Taqueria

11:30am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
193 Carlisle Street Balaclava 3183

When Vince Tesoriero (of nearby cafe Glass Merchants) took over a Chinese takeaway back in 2013, he realised the street desperately needed a cultural change. He loves Mexican food, so the choice was obvious.

The execution was harder. To ensure a properly authentic menu, head chef Cindy Flores was flown over from Mexico to run the kitchen. Her menu has all the usual suspects such as tacos and burritos, plus signature dishes such as Guacamole Del Senor – totopos (tortilla chips) with chorizo, cheese and fresh salsas; and the popular Al Pastor slow-roasted pork marinated in chillies and pineapple.

A Mexican team down the road makes all the tortillas and totopos using traditional techniques. Ingredients such as the dried chillies and Clamato juice come direct from Mexico.

Even the sombreros, skulls and artwork you’ll find dotted around the building belonged to traditional Mexican families or were brought in by the staff. Everything is styled to feel like you’re dining in a 1950s Mexican home, replete with laminated tabletops and peeling turquoise paint.

With plenty of nooks and quiet spots across the two floors, there’s an area for every mood. Relax on the sofa by the fire, or dine upstairs with a large group and work your way through the menu. On warmer days the courtyard is the place to enjoy a few Coronas or Micheladas.

Updated: December 16th, 2019

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