It’s even shocking to me that this tiny restaurant produced the first perfectly balanced Lime Margarita ($15) I’ve had in Australia - but it did.
The Strawberry Margarita ($15) was good too, and less sweet than most.
Equally as impressive was the heart-felt, authentic Mexican cuisine – from the rich, fragrant Enchiladas de Mole Poblano ($22.90), a celebration dish featuring up to thirty different ingredients and seven types of chilli; to the supple Corn Tortillas ($5.90/3 pieces), it’s all hits and no misses.
Most enchanting was the Cochinita Pibil ($23.90), a pre-Hispanic pork dish cooked with Valencia oranges in the Mayan style –perfect summer eating, wrapped in pliant corn tortillas with a Habanero and pineapple salsa.
Warm weather also suits the vibrant red bowl of Vuelva a la Vida ($15.90), a seafood cocktail you spoon onto crackers. More heat can be added via a creamy Green Chilli Sauce ($2.50) made from garlic, lemon and jalapenos – we liked it so much we asked for a takeaway pack.
The specials board won favour with Tamal Oaxaqueño ($12.90), a finely ground corn dough cooked in a banana leaf.
A small but beautifully spiced serve of Tamal de Frutas ($14.90) saw seasonal fruits and honey cooked the same way.
We also managed to try a second special of Salpicon de Venado ($14.90), made from venison...
...and we squeezed in a second dessert of Mousse de Chocolate ($14.90) as well! Savvy locals have already discovered this gem, so if you travel from afar (and you should), book!
Media Luna Mexican Kitchen
309 Clovelly Road, Clovelly
Ph: (02) 9665 8942