Glen Osmond Road has its fair share of restaurants and Hispanic Mechanic is a place we have been wanting to try for a long time after hearing so many good things about it. We walked through the garden area which was a great outdoor lounge. Already it was almost filled with groups of friends and family catching up for drinks. We made our way inside to brightly painted walls and industrial look fittings. Greeted at the bar, we were taken to our table in the restaurant section. They’ve played on the mechanic shop theme very well. The table tops were copper, and as expected you can see exposed pipes and cables along top.
Over on the other side of the restaurant is the bar and Fuel Shop. Yes, they bottle their own house made condiments and sell them. It was a pretty busy night so we didn’t poke our heads in there much.
The food here is a predominantly Latin American but there’s a touch of Korean fusion happening here. The menu is pretty easy to navigate, there are also blackboard specials that sound just as delicious so don’t forget to look. The menu is great for sharing so you can try all the different flavours, there’s a banquet option as well if you prefer.
Our dinner started off light with some beautiful and fresh Kingfish Tostaditos. The kingfish had been cured with fresh lime and was arranged nicely atop some cilantro, pickled jalapeno, tomatoes and red onion on a small crispy blue corn tortilla. A great explosion of flavour in one mouthful. Loving the citrus tones with sweetness from the red onions. A dish with a lot of crunch.
Mr Foodie loves nachos and it almost feels like a must order so Nachos Santos made the cut. Topped with green onion, tomatilla salda, cilantro, jalapeno, cheese, crema and guajillo sauce it was delicious. This is where I start experimenting with the hot sauces. My two faves were the Chipotle Gojuchang and Habanero.
Now it was time to try some Korean Mexican goodness. With a name like Master Kim’s 5 Star Chicken it could not be more obvious. It’s under the taco section. Soft flour tortilla topped with crispy chicken KFC style with wasabi mayonnaise, pickled vegetables, cilantro and daikon kimchi. It was pretty delicious. A great balance of flavours and the chicken was so crispy. Another taco we tried was the Taco De Pescado. From reading the menu it sounded like an odd combination but it actually really worked. This one comes with crispy snapper, mango and mung bean salsa, habanero mayonnaise, pico e gallo and pickled jalapeno slaw. Once again crispy and fresh with interesting flavours.
There were a few larger plates that we would have been quite happy to try but the Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs caught our eye. You can either have beef or pork spare ribs, both come with rice and slaw with your choice of sauce. We picked Rosemary Chimichurri. The beef was super tender and the chimichurri sauce was so fragrant it tasted good with the beef.
Service was attentive and friendly and the food came out fast so there wasn’t much waiting. We didn’t make it to dessert but I was already eyeing a couple of items to try next time. I mean, with names like Crispy Pork Hock and Hamburguesa Havana who can resist. Perhaps the Tuna & Avocado Ceviche too please!
205 Glen Osmond Road
08 8338 6435