11 December 2010
El Cuervo Cantina ~ Mexican \ South American - Enmore
El Cuervo Cantina on Enmore Road does Mexican & South American food like nowhere else we have been in Sydney. We highly recommend you get your gringo arse in here and give it a try.
El Cuervo Cantina opened up a couple of weeks ago on Enmore Road. There's just something about the place that gave us a good feeling. Firstly it says "Mexican Food by Mexican People" on the front window. A clue that this isn't your standard old "Montezumas" joint that serves mince and beans for $25 a plate. No sir, no mam. Plus the opening hours are intriguing: it's closed for most of the week but weekends are party time, open till 3am on Friday and Saturday.
We get a chance to pop in on a Friday night. It's only been open a couple of weeks yet it is close to full, a good sign. Most of the trade seems to be Newtown\Enmore locals, but as the night goes on we notice more and more South American looking folks dropping in.
The staff are warm and welcoming. Complimentary corn chips and fresh salsa appear as soon as we sit down.
El Cuervo Cantina's menu gives us a street foodie woodie. We are yet to travel Mexico and South America so we can't compare the food, but this menu is far from your standard Aussie boring Mexican restaurant food. And the menu is brief, which often equates to good food. The boss lady explains that mains\specials change every week and are written on the window outside. We choose a main from the window and a bunch of entrees.
Fully imported beers, very reasonable at $5 and $6. VB is cheaper than the pub at $4.
The first appetizer was our favourite: Beef Empanada - $4. This tasted mum-made, absolutely delicious.
Sopes - grilled pastry with chorizo, lettuce, thickened cream and fetta cheese. $5.
Tostada - crispy tortilla topped with chicken tinga, lettuce, thickened cream and feta. $5.
Quesadillas -deep fried maize pastry served with lettuce and fetta cheese. $3.5 each.
Lamb Barbacoa - lamb slow cooked until it's falling apart. Served with not enough of those gorgeous soft tortillas. It tasted like roast lamb, plain on it's own but delicious when wrapped up with fixins...
A plate of fixins...
The boss lady explained that a whole bunch of musicians were coming in around 11.30pm to jam till closing. We get the feeling we left before the party started. I think if they had stools at the bar we would have loitered around a bit longer, sampling some tequila and Havana rums as the bands play. Next time.
El Ceurvo Cantina drinks menu.
El Cuervo Cantina is at 200 Enmore Road, a couple of doors South of Faheem's, across the road from the Sly Fox Hotel. See www.elcuervocantina.com or friendface for more info.
They are closed most weeknights but open till 3am on Friday and Saturday nights. You may want to check their website or friendface page for opening hours as they will probably change as they work things out.