My husband and I both grew up in South Florida eating amazing Cuban food.
We moved to Dallas, and had great Mexican restaurants on every corner.
We moved to Australia and thus began our Spanish food drought. And it's bad. Really bad.
But last week my organic delivery service began carrying canned black beans! I was so freaking excited, and more than ready to make one of our favorite Cuban dishes, Bistec de Pollo (boneless thin chicken breast grilled with onions, served with black beans and rice).
It was so good that the next night (which happened to be date night), we were all about finding good Mexican food. We had previously gotten take-away from a place in Randwick which was supposed to be the real deal, Mexican owner and all. And it was okay, but we were hoping to find something mas delicioso... and we did-- Cafe Pacifico.
Hidden upstairs on a dead end street in Darlinghurst was this loud, colorful restaurant that smelled like real Mexican food. The place was busy. There was a large party of about 25-30 drunk Australians at one long table and they were going all out in Mexican party mode. They broke out tequila shots, flung a pinata-on-a-rope over the rafters and started swinging like maniacs. We were fully enjoying the complimentary entertainment.
So here's the verdict on our latest quest for Mexican food in Sydney.
Cafe Pacifico, Darlinghurst
The good... salsa was excellent, fajitas were very good, shredded beef chimichanga was very good, guacamole was really good.
The mediocre... the tortilla chips were kind of thick and seemed a little stale. The flour tortillas were a little soggy, but not terrible. And the drinks were overpriced and not as good as we make at home.
The good far outweighed the bad, and we'll probably have to go back again this weekend.