Just like its tongue-in-cheek moniker, everything about Touché Hombre echoes an ironically cool, laid back vibe. Heavily inspired by the Latino street-art culture of Los Angeles, the restaurant and bar on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Tattersalls Lane in the city is constantly evolving; at Touché Hombre, DJs work the decks, the bar and tables are built using reclaimed timber from Princes Pier and a neon Ghostbusters display greets you upon arrival.
Created by the Maison Davis team – including owner Davis Yu and creative director Simon Madden – every aspect of the eatery, from interior design to branding, was conceived in-house and the passion for the project is palpable.
The food features favourite Mexican street fare such as tostaditos, grilled corn, fresh ceviche and a special secret taco. The real hero here, however, is the tequila, served up by reigning margarita champ Johnnie Kai. You can still get beer and wine, but if you’re after hard liquor, it’s all about the Mexican staple, with over 50 variations available.
You can reserve the Wrestling Ring table and sample the Rainbow of Death – a bottle of Tromba tequila served with Jarritos sodas in all the colours of the rainbow plus all the usual trimmings.
And if that doesn't lure you in, the free-play Street Fighter II console will.