Of course, you'll find some of that in Mexico, but it's barely scratching the surface. Even though you need only take a cursory glance around Sydney's hippest food enclaves to realise that citysiders love their Mexican - there's a lot more to the cuisine than just pulled pork tacos. Especially if you ask Los Vida, the Mexican eatery that's fast bringing fresh, tasty and authentic eats to the harbour city.
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With a string of locations in Wintergarden, Westfield Sydney, Crows Nest, and now, the new waterside food hub at Barangaroo - Los Vida's push towards light and healthy Mexican is shaping up to be another major player in Barangaroo's casual dining game. Filled with natural light, timber interiors and that Sydney Harbour view, The Canteen is already home to eateries such as Iron Grill, Silverbeet, Pasta Pantry and Pattison's Patisserie - with Los Vidas now bringing an artisanal Central American touch to round out the table.
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Co-founded by Mark Dopson and Mexico City-native Octavio Gomez Haro, Los Vida eschews the traditionally heavy Tex-Mex options and focuses on regionally sourced recipes. "I'm thrilled to be able to bring real Mexican cuisine to Australia in the way that we have," says Gomez Haro. "American versions of Mexican have dominated here for a while, [but] Los Vida is the real deal when it comes to Mexican." Case in point: the menu features customisable ancient grain salad bowls featuring quinoa, broccoli, kale, butternut pumpkin, corn kernels, seeds, parsley and jalapenos; Yucatan-style fish tacos; grilled Barramundi inspired by the coasts of Mexico; ceviche made with fresh lemon juice; and a seriously great guacamole with a delicious amount of zing, topped off with pomegranate seeds.
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Then there's the pulled pork, chicken, beef and lamb options, which work a treat in the soft tacos and burritos, plus a bevy of vegetarian or pescatarian options, too. Be sure to try one of the Aguas frescas - traditional Mexican-style drinks featuring flavours like horchata (yes, just like in the Vampire Weekend song) or hibiscus. Trust us, they're delicious.
Los Vida at Barangaroo is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm. For more info, head to losvida.com.au