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Review - Mad Mex

Mad Mex: Fresh Mexican Grill is a new addition to Crown Street, and it is a fast food restaurant where the owners pride themselves on freshness. It's a bright space, and decorated with a groovy Mexican fighting mask in keeping with their slogans: “Fighting for flavour. Defender of freshness!

For me, the big step up, is that it is fast food where you can eat quickly with a Silver Herradura Tequila Margarita ($10) in your hand!  And it wasn't a bad one either! You can also have beer, hence the Corona ceiling art...

On the night I attended, there was a queue to the door, as people lined up to enjoy the Baja inspired Mexican cuisine at the communal centre table, and bar style seating. First you choose a style of food (think Burrito, Quesadilla, Nachos or soft/crispy Tacos), then a filling. We were given soft Tacos, a Quesadilla, some hard shell Tacos and Nachos...

Then you choose a filling. All of the pricing is done with respect to what filling you choose (regardless of what style of food you have). My favourite filling was the Carnitas ($9.90) which is pork that has been slowly roasted for six hours, after being marinated in lime, cumin, onion and garlic. Incidentally, food items on the menu are all under $12.95, and they are all reasonably filling.

As you can see, they were particularly excited by ladling on the guacamole... it was a tad overdone in my opinion!

Finally, you add a salsa. Unfortunately as we didn't choose our own, I am not sure what salsa we got. They are made from a range of imported Mexican Chillies (Jalapenos being the mildest, Chile do Arbol being in the hottest salsas). We found the food mild, so I am hoping that was just because they gave us milder salsas.

Oh and be careful - their burritos are particularly large!

All in all, for fast food, this restaurant does a reasonable job. For Mexican... well it's not trying to be Mexican per say - it's er... Californian Mexican, which is basically cheesier, creamier and milder as a style. But having a Margarita at a fast food restaurant - well that bit is priceless!

Mad Mex: Fresh Mexican Grill
Shop 2, 241-247 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Ph: (02) 9331 2288

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 19th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
We ate here from here! Got take away fajitas with teh slow cooked beef. I just kept saying yes to everything when they asked what I wanted on it. It was HUGE and YUM, and wrapped in foil, stayed warm until we got home. I had the hottest chilli sauce but they did not put enough on. I think they need educating.
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
I suspect you are right. It is nice to have a new and fresh fast food option though. I am keen to try Guzman Y Gomez to have a real comparison.
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Sadly(because it's close to work), I find GYG disappointing. Flavours are just not kicking it, and the serving sizes are not good value for money.

And the chip:topping ratio on the nachos is incorrect.

I wish it was better, as I like Mex food. But once you get a whiff of Clem's Chicken it's hard to cross the road for mediocre Mex.
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
the fajita burritos were enormous!
loved the rice tho
would go back and try the soft tacos
Dec. 20th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
For slightly closer to home for me have you tried Guzman y Gomez in Newtown? No margueritas but is awesome Mexican Mexican and almost an analogue of eating out of a streetcart in Mexico City.
Jan. 6th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Not yet, but I intend to for contrast. Getting a bit sick of low taste Mexican restaurants though... oh for one with real flavour!
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