Beach Burrito Company
Melbourne’s first Beach Burrito Company on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy has a jellybean-shaped 10-metre-long concrete pool, its deep grooves suitable for advanced skaters only.
Black fencing divides the pool from diners and runs all the way up to the second floor and mezzanine. Booth seating and tiled bench tables (suitable for up to six people) line the restaurant walls and pink and blue neon lights border the edges. And the music? Like a John Hughes soundtrack.
But whether you came to witness the skating or not, you’ll stay for the chilli con carne and the drink specials. It’s Mexican any way you want it – just choose pulled pork, slow-cooked beef, chipotle chicken, grilled fish or tofu and roast vegetable and you can get it rolled into a burrito, folded into a taco, toasted into a fajita or flash-fried into a chimichanga.
The bar sits at the back of the restaurant and it’s all about the cocktail jugs; frozen Margaritas or fresh Pina Coladas and cheap sangria on Sundays. The wine list is simple, and there’s a good selection of tequilas and the beers come by the bucket.