Due to open in October 2017.

One of Melbourne’s favourite Mexican cantinas, Fonda, has announced it’s opening in Bondi in October.

After spending two years looking for a site, the team settled on the former Nando’s spot on Hall Street.

It won’t be a matter of copying and pasting a successful formula, though. The concept has been revised for Sydney; there will be a new menu by executive chef Mark Tagnipez (from EP and LP in LA’s West Hollywood).

Fonda doesn’t pigeonhole itself as traditional Mexican. It offers a relaxed, casual take on the food. Guests can dig into DIY taco sharing boards with slow-cooked pork belly and braised beef short ribs; hot tortillas; guacamole; and salsa. Try kingfish ceviche and a new range of salads, including a caesar (which, surprisingly, originates in Mexico) and Mexican poke.

The wheat tortillas are freshly pressed to order, and the corn version will be sourced from Melbourne’s La Tortilleria “It’s the best,” says McDonald.

To drink there will be a Lemoncello Margarita and a cocktail called Tea With Frida (gin infused with French Earl Grey tea). Stone & Wood’s Pacific Ale will run on tap.

The team behind Melbourne’s Studio Esteta (Lune) is designing the space, loosely inspired by Aquabumps surf photography.

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Updated: October 10th, 2017

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