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Unit 3/61-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach (02) 9300 8892 mr-moustache.com.au
It takes a while to convince my date to try the worm salt. At first glance, Mr Moustache looks like a typical, elegant, upmarket Bondi bar, but this Mexican-inspired cantina has the third largest collection of mescal in the world. I begin to doubt my ability to ever leave here… After we “share” (I drink most of) a Mescal Margarita ($19), we try The Cloud People ($20), made with chile ancho-infused Nuestra Solded mescal, pineapple, lime and agave. It’s rich, smoky and spicy, and we may have to marry the staff members who recommended it.
We’re swamped with tapas-sized offerings of delicious Mexican-style food, like the Tostaditas de Atun ($15), sashimi-style tuna on tortilla discs, and then we’re presented with our mescals shots, accompanied by orange slices sprinkled with Sal de Gusano (worm salt). Mr Moustache has an extensive cocktail list, but my date and I are coming back for more smoky mescals direct from Oaxaca…with extra crushed worms.