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Calita (Spanish for “tiny beach”) is a diminutive Mexican diner inspired by Baja California, fish markets and laid-back Mexican beaches. It’s by the team behind Taqiza, Carbon and Sonora and La Palma.

The 26-seat space has spectacular views of Bondi Beach and the ocean beyond. But it doesn’t rely on vistas to lure people in – the menu is a knockout. Favourites have included blue swimmer crab tostadas with mango, habanero and avocado; and camarones a la diabla – grilled jumbo tiger prawns marinated in a salsa of five different chillies. The tacos also don’t disappoint. There might be one with slow-cooked octopus and pico de gallo; and a riff on the classic tacos gobernador with XO prawns, Oaxaca cheese and salsa poblano.

To drink, find a handful of Margaritas (classic, Tommy’s, jalapeno, orange raicilla and mango), plus seasonal fruity frozen margs that rotate. There’s also a selection of family-owned artisanal tequilas (such as Fortaleza); an excellent range of mezcals; and some rare agaves. The wine list, curated in collaboration with Mike Bennie from P&V Merchants, includes some skin contact and natural drops.

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Updated: January 10th, 2024

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