It’s a great time to be living in the Inner West, with new cafes and restaurants opening up everywhere. Most recently, our favourites have been West 48 just around the corner, and of course the wonderful Besito. Now, a new taqueria (albeit a chain) has opened in Knifepoint promising authentic, healthy Mexican tacos and other delights.
We wandered up early on Saturday night to get a bite to eat before Men In Black 3, and found GyG pretty full. We stood at arm’s length trying to decide what to order, and a friendly staff member came out to us from behind the counter to see if we needed any help understanding the menu. Nice touch.
I ordered three quesadillas – one pork chipotle, one steak chipotle and one chicken guererro – with a side of guacamole. Orlando ordered three tacos - two steak chipotle and one pork chipotle. We took a seat on two bright yellow coloured high dairy stools (procured from the same source as those at West 48, methinks?) and our food arrived within minutes.
Orlando’s order was correct, but mine was not. They only had two quesadillas for me, both steak. The friendly waiter took them back after checking what my order should have been. A few minutes more and another basket approached. Still incorrect, with two pork and one chicken this time, but I said nothing. It looked pretty good.
No guacamole arrived either so I had to stalk my original order-taker to get that. So far, so mediocre.
But I have to say the food was tasty. Not sure they can say they are 100% authentic: what taqueria in Mexico serves tacos folded over like a homemade El Paso wannabe? But the pork chipotle was delicious, as was the chicken. The side bar of help-yourself condiments offered up plenty of chopped red onion, jalapeno peppers, and three types of Tabasco sauce, but I could have done with a bit more proper fresh chopped chilli across the board.
Our food was gone in less than ten minutes, in a flurry of guacamole, jalapeno Tabasco sauce and rapidly-accumulating juices. We seriously considered going up and ordering more but decided against it, more due to delusions of healthiness than a lack of desire for more. Next time I would order two items per person, and go back for more to share as we go. In this way the tacos and quesadillas won’t get so juicy and messy towards the end.
The menu offers gluten-free options including “burrito in a bowl” and some tasty-sounding salads.
Definitely worth a visit, especially if you have never tried good Mexican pork before. It has inspired me to break out the achiote paste and do a slow-cooked cochinita pibil next weekend.
Highpoint Shopping Centre, Maribyrnong
(just inside cinema entrance)