Finally Sydney’s Mexican community has produced a restaurant worth writing about! Embark on a fabulous journey to a subterranean Mexican cellar; listen to funky flamenco; look at Mexican pulp fiction on faux adobe walls and most importantly eat tasty, authentic dishes. Don’t come here looking for Tex-Mex, sour cream or burritos; but if you like cheese, the Queso Fundido ($12) is an excellent start with pockets of chorizo, mushrooms and chilli folded through a bowl of melted cheese, eaten with pico di gallo on a stack of cloth-wrapped tortillas. Equally good is a warm bowl of Sopa Azteca ($12), a spicy tomato soup poured over crunchy tortilla strips at the table. To drink there’s excellent frozen Hibiscus Margaritas ($15), a selection of Mexican beers or bright, easy-drinking Sangria ($5/glass, $13/500ml jug). Mains include flambé Camarones a la Diabla ($25), king prawns marinated in chipotle and tequila; or more unusually, Puerco en Salsa Verde ($22), pork blade cooked with cactus in a tomatillo chilli salsa. Heat seekers must try the superb Chipotle Salsa ($2) – a side of Crema ($2) is wise. The Flan ($8) is a sweet, texturally perfect, creamy, vanilla-infused mound of joy. Daily Happy Hours (5.30pm-6.30pm) and ten buck Margaritas on Mondays and Tuesdays too? Be still my beating heart.
Agave Restaurante Mexicano
2/410 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9326 9072