If you’re athletic enough to make it up the infamous Curtin House stairs, we think you’ve earned something substantial from the dinner or bar menu at Mesa Verde. It's always a good idea, actually. The daunting tequila list shouldn't be tackled on an empty stomach.

Start with some oysters or tortilla chips before moving onto a few rounds of tacos made with El Cielo tortillas. Choices might include goat barbacoa or the cult favourite of Baja-style rockling with burnt pickled cabbage and crema ranchera.

Larger mains include achiote chicken quesadillas, a 450-gram bone-in rib eye with chimichurri and guajillo butter, and The Tlayuda – a crisp, flattened tortilla topped with grilled corn, black beans, squash, Oaxacan cheese and salsa macha.

There are also side dishes and desserts, though you can’t leave without a trio of Mexican doughnuts topped with salted espresso dulce de leche and whipped sour cream.

Like many Mexican joints, Mesa understands the importance of atmosphere. A rotating cast of DJs keep the mood festive under the warm, Mark Douglass-designed pendant lighting, and the weekly bottomless brunch is just the ticket for a casual Sunday session. Mesa Verde also hosts regular mezcal masterclasses, so you can dive headfirst into the style and learn a thing or two while you’re at it.

Updated: August 5th, 2022

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