If the iconic Sydney jazz venue The Basement didn’t have enough street cred already – with its decades-long commitment to live jazz in the CBD – it’s just added food truck-style fare to its credentials with the arrival of La Lupita, serving up lunch and dinner. Open for a month, the La Lupita team have transplanted the food they’ve become famous for at their previous Canterbury digs (and their Al Carbon food truck) to the subterranean duskiness of Macquarie Place.
“The Basement was just a perfect match for us,” says founder and creative food director Attila Yilmaz, who recently sold the business to David Wallace. “It’s dark and intimate and secluded like Canterbury was and it’s almost unknown to a generation – especially our market. Most haven’t heard of it yet, even though it’s been there for 40 years.”
Exact hours are still yet to be resolved and are posted weekly on their Facebook page, but lunch and dinner are pretty much on offer six days a week, depending on live shows and gigs at The Basement.
Descend the stairs into the underground bar and make your way over to the pop-up style eatery – complete with colourful street art-style signage – grab your menu and order. There are $6 pork, chicken and beef tacos with soft tortillas (machine rolled and cooked right before your eyes) and a table of salsas and sauces to dress your dish. The chicken wings are a regular favourite and there’s the added bonus of Mariachi Mondays to kick-start the week. Keep an eye out for the Mexican cinema nights too. We’re glad that the ‘cooked over charcoal’ (Al Carbon) masters have come to the city centre.
La Lupita at The Basement
7 Macquarie Place, Sydney
(02) 9251 2797
Check the Facebook page for hours week by week, but generally Mon to Sat noon–3pm and 6pm–late.