Sunday, 4 June 2017

Tequila Mockingbird, Paddington

Tequila Mockingbird is such a catchy name for a restaurant. I head to Paddington on a sunny Sunday with Matt and we have heard lots of wonderful things about their food so we have high expectations. 

Tequila Mockingbird is located in the backstreets of Paddington and is a short stroll from the main street. As it's a popular venue, two major areas have already been booked out for functions so I head upstairs and enjoy the sunshine. There's also live music to look forward to from roughly 1pm.

Sunday is the day to come as they have $10 specials on selected cocktails and there's also a special Sunday menu where you get a preselection of 6 courses which also includes their signature Tequila Mockingbird cocktail. The menu is designed for shared food - tapas style. I eye off a nearby table where they have already gotten their tequila mockingbird cocktail. It looks delicious.

You do get the choice of protein in the 6 course sunday session menu. On this occasion, it's the choice between the pork or the chicken. We choose the pork.

Our cocktails arrive and I really enjoy the Tequila Mockingbird cocktail. This cocktail is normally $19, however it's an inclusion on the Sunday Session $60 menu. The Tequila Mockingbird cocktail is made from don julio blanco tequila, st germaine elderflower, liqueur, jalapeno, cucumber, lemon and agave. This cocktail is refreshing with a nice balanced alcoholic hit. I like the chilli salt that leaves your lips smacking. Cheers my friends!!

The first dish is the Ceviche taco, aji amarillo (top photo and above photo) which is a little morsel of heaven. The crunchy shell encases a cured salmon in a mildy spicy yellow capsicum sauce. The sauce is creamy and contrasts well with the crunch from the taco shell. I only wish there was more. Matt basically ate his taco within seconds. I savoured each bite.

The second dish, which Matt and I shared on the Summer Session menu was the Kingfish tiradito, salted melon, coconut pistachio. The Kingfish is light, refreshing and complements the melon. I really like this dish, highly recommended.

Next up is the Pumpkin Tacu Tacu, pepita salsa, spaghetti squash. Tacu Tacu is a peruvian dish predominantly made from refried beans and rice. This version is made into small balls which remind me of arancini. The pumpkin sauce and squash strands along with the lightly radished pepitas are lovely. 

The fourth dish on the menu is the pulled goat shoulder quesdilla, tomatillo salsa verde. The crunchy tortilla bread encases the pulled goat which has melted cheese and coriander. This dish is accompanied by a salsa verde which is mildly spiced. 

 The final dishes are the main of organic pork, aji panca, oregano chimmichurri and the crispy brussel sprouts, lemon, garlic and peccorino. The pork which is not currently on the menu will be soon featured in their winter menu. The pork is well seasoned and is brought to life by the chimmichurri sauce. The brussel sprouts are drowned in cheese, lemon and garlic which is great because I hate the natural flavours of brussel sprouts.

The 6 course Summer Sessions Menu is delightful and tasty however I would replace one of the dishes for a small dessert dish. While you are left satisfied and full from the menu, there's something sweet missing.

Summary: The Tequila Mockingbird cocktail is absolutely delightful and the 6 course summer sessions menu was hard to fault. This is reflective of the high quality chefs they have (headed up by Regan Porteous). I really enjoyed ceviche taco, kingfish and the chimmi churri pork.

Price: $60 for the summer session sunday menu (includes the tequila mockingbird cocktail)

Location: 6 Heely St, Paddington

Opening Hours: 

Monday - Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Thursday 5:30pm to 11:30pm
Friday 12pm to 12am
Saturday 12pm to 12am
Sunday 12pm to 6pm

Weekend Food Escapes dined as guests of Zomato. All photos, opinions and words are my own.

Tequila Mockingbird Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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