There has been a burst of mexican (MEHICANNNN) joints in the recent years, from food trucks to established restaurants. It's hard work trying to work my way through all of them but I figured I had to start somewhere right?
This is how we ended up at Los Vida after a day of wandering the city.
If you have read my previous posts, you know how much (or how little) alcohol it takes to knock me out. This elderflower tequila smelt wonderful but I only managed one sip without falling off my chair. Yeah #asiangenes
scallop aguachile : scallop, cucumber, red onion jicama and serrano chilli
We started out evening with a refreshing scallop aguachile, a delicious tangy ceviche on top of the cutest rice crackers. I personally thought the flavours were a bit too overpowering for a delicate seafood like scallop, but nevertheless, it was quite delicious.
Guacamole w/ totopos: blue and yellow cornchips, taro chips, lime zest, smoked paprika and crispy jalapenos.
You can’t go to a Mexican restaurant and not have guacamole, especially when you’re ready to marry avocado cos it’s so damn tasty! (Hey, it’s a good fat!) I really enjoyed having the guac with the totopos’s varying textures and flavours, I personally really enjoyed the taro chips.
At the server’s suggestion, we ordered a few tacos to share. Given there were so many and we had such limited stomach space, we asked which ones were the recommended ones.
Mushroom taco: adobo mushroom, chicharrin de queso, peppers and queso fresco w/ chipotle mayo
I love my mushrooms, I can eat mushrooms day in day out. So when a mushroom taco was spotted I knew I had to order it. Unfortunately this taco didn’t do it for me, the flavours were very mismatching and confusing to the palate. This was unfortunately left behind after a bite each.
Pork taco: pilbi braised pork, caramelised pineapple, habenero and radish w/ pickled onion
The pork taco on the other hand was so moreish, the pulled pork was cooked to perfection, poke of a fork tender and went very well with the tangy and slightly spicy sauce. I however didn’t think the pickled onions were necessary, as they sort of overpowered the flavours in the taco.
Yucatan fish taco: grilled barramundi with yucatan style marinade. smokey rojo sauce, zesty lime cabbage and pineapple salsa.
The taco that surprised us the most was the Yucatan fish taco. The fish was deliciously soft and the Yucatan marinade left me wanting more. I normally don’t touch cabbage with a 10 ft. pole but the cabbage and pineapple salsa was so delicious!
Chipotle prawn taco: prawns, poblano chilli, refried beans, chipotle sauce and avocado
If I had to pick a favourite of the night, it would have to be this prawn taco. The prawns and refried beans are a match made in heaven and with the addition of avocado, you just can’t lose!
Grilled corn: corn on cob, corriander, buter, lime and chipotle
We have been on the hunt for some mean grilled corn for a while, even when in Melbourne, we checked out the QV night markets but we were severely disappointed with what we got.
I guess it’s meant to be because we finally found some delicious corn locally (not that I mind flying to Melbourne for food…..)
The corn here had a nice char but the winner was the chipotle sauce and copious amounts of parmesan.
Torta ahogada: "drowned"spicy pibil style shredded pork rolls and refried beans bathed in arbol chilli sauce
Can you believe we have just hit the more substantial parts of our meal?
I kid you not, this is where we start on the mains.
First up, we have the torta ahogada, shredded pork rolls. The filling in the roll is quite similar to the one in the taco with exception to the sauce, which is a mild sriracha style sauce. The roll was rather difficult to eat as the bun got soggy really quickly so we ended up eating this with our cutlery, leaving most of the bun behind.
Beef ribs: braised, chipotle glaze, radish and red onion with pickled habenero
I am a massive fan of ribs, pork ribs, lamb ribs, beef ribs, you name it, I gnaw on it!
My criteria of a good rib is that it has to be saucy and finger lickin’ worthy, the meat falls off the bone and is not sinewy.
This Los Vida rib ticked 2 out of the 3 boxes, being a bit sinewy on one end of the bone. But definitely up there in terms of a good rib in my books!
Overall, a good experience at Los Vida, with some outstanding tacos, this would be a perfect venue for a couple of casual drinks or a few small bites.
So guys, tell me, what where is the best taco you’ve ever eaten? Let me know in the comments below so I can get my hands on it too!
Till next time,