Squirreled away off Paddington's famous social hub, Five Ways, in a carefully-restored three-story terrace (a signature of the area) is the new Sydney restaurant on everyone's must-try list: Tequila Mockingbird.
Celebrating flavours from Mexico to Argentina, the initiative boast the collective culinary experience of Uruguayan chef Gabriel Valenti (of Peruvian-Japanese restaurant, Osaka, in Buenes Aires), Matt Taylor-Watkins (of Bentley Restaurant and Monopole) and New Zealanders Regan Porteous (Riley Street Garage, Toko, Zuma, Maze) and first-time restauranteur Michael Fegent of the Saké restaurants.
The designed-to-share menu, poetically arranged into Raw, Streets and Flame, includes highlights such as white fish tiradito, charred corn salsa and corn kernals, alpaca and mozzarella empanadas and a wood-fired parilla grill with the choice of five meats: Pork feather blade 'pluma', twice-cooked spitchcock, BBQ lamb-shoulder, wagyu tri tip and dry-aged rib eye on the bone.
Although 90% of the produce is sourced locally, Valenti explains, "The food is a real journey through South and Central America with dishes you would find on the streets of Peru through to dishes like the kangaroo tartare nachos that you will never be able to find anywhere else!"
For the thirsty, there are two bars to choose from - an intimate downstairs lounge and an all-weather roof terrace, equipped with 32 tequilas and 10 mezcals.