Having been to Lucky Lupitas and Hispanic Mechanic dining at Mexican Society did not come without expectations. Hispanic Mechanic is easily our favourite Mexican restaurant in Adelaide, Korean fusion gladly welcomed. Mexican Society of Chinatown replaced the former tapas restaurant Mesa Lunga which was another winner. I actually had my hen’s night there! The decor is a long way from that now with pops of colour everywhere, hanging plants and a brightened up space.
The name implied Chinese fusion and somehow I thought that was the case seeing as Hispanic Mechanic had incorporated some Korean touches really well. Browsing through the menu I’m not so sure I see much of it apart from a couple of dishes that have hoisin sauce in it. Nevertheless, the meal that followed did not disappoint.
I ordered an Agua Fresca which literally means fresh water but it’s not like a juice. Typically made with water and fruit or even cereal and flowers. Unlike juice this drink starts with water and then fruit is blended in. It’s supposed to be more refreshing than juice. I still found the drink quite thick and sweet to be honest but I’m a water only kinda person so maybe not the best judge.
On to food. The menu skews towards small plates which is great to me because you can try more dishes. There are a decent number of dishes available in small and large plates so don’t worry about not having enough to eat. I’d recommend sharing here because it’s simply the best way to eat! We started off with Smoked Guacamole with toasted almonds, pepitas, corn and tomatoes to be eaten with plantain chips. A little change from tortilla chips. The guacamole had lovely flavours though if the name says smoked, the smokey flavours need to be a tad stronger. Tuna Ceviche Brulee was an interested dish that ended up being my favourite that day. The fresh cured tuna was so fresh and tender mixed in with lovely flavours from habanero, peach, watermelon and guacamole. It was nicely balanced. A bit of spice, sweetness and acidity. Unlike most ceviches this was topped with some cream and burnt sugar. One might think there is too much going on here and the flavour of tuna (the star of the dish) will be lost. It’s not.
Next on the list was the Soft Shell Crab Taco with fermented chilli mayo. We would’ve liked more soft shell crab, otherwise nothing to write home about. The Pork Belly Mini Burrito however is really tender and flavoursome. Pork belly melted in my mouth and the sweet chipotle hoisin sauce made it even ebetter. It was served with cilantro, rice, cucumber and guacamole. This is one of the dishes with a Chinese touch.
We also tried a couple of main dishes in a small size starting with Ocean Sands Mariscos Frescos. Prawns and squid panfried in a tomato and onion broth on a bed of spinach and parsley creamy rice topped with manchego cheese and herbs. The rice was indeed creamy and it was a good dish though I probably wouldn’t order this again.
Talk about saving the best for last, Slow Cooked Beef Enchiladas is a must order here. At other restaurants it sometimes feels like they don’t put much effort into beef enchiladas because it’s kind of an easy win because any stewed beef can be good right? Here it’s next level. The slow cooked beef has some really good seasoning and spices. Together with their spicy tomato sauce, pico de gallo, cheese, crema and cilantro it was the best beef enchiladas I’ve had in a long while.
In a nutshell there were some really good dishes and some ok dishes so with experience you will know what to order. It’s a refreshing change from Tex Mex style “Mexican food”. I would however say the prices are steep for the portions you get especially the taco and mini burrito.
140 Gouger Street