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By Heather• 25 Jan 2017 • 5 Comments
Sliders are gone-burgers. It's taco, taco, taco time.
Any self-respecting casual eatery now has them, Mexican or not:
And now there are two new specialists for your taco pleasure.
The former Hideaway in Plimmer steps has become a groovy dive bar, complete with caravan seating, motorcycles hanging [safely] overhead, pour-your-own-beer-from-a-carburetor, spin-the-wheel discounts and an expanded courtyard.
Leroy’s serves a range of craft beers and tacos, with some fried chicken, frankendogs (a hotdog wrapped in a hash brown), and kimchi fries thrown in for good measure. All served up with helpings of lively music and staff focused on making you feel right at home.
After ordering at the bar, your Wireless Waiter signals collection time, and you’re into it. The tacos cover all the main protein groups, as well as a vegetarian ‘lettuce cup’ taco with kimchi pancake. All ingredients are house-made (except for the actual tacos themselves which they bring in from experts) - pulled jalapeño pork with sriracha and kewpie mayo, hoisin chicken with pickled carrot and chilli peanuts, cumin battered fish with kafir lime mayo, etc.
The team slow cook and pull their own meats, add their own sauces, bread and cook their fish to order (usually moki), and focus heavily on no waste.
So the taco chicken is from the same birds carved and pressure-cooked in-house for their firebird spicy buttermilk fried chicken (try saying that after a few crafties!). The pressure cooker results in super-tender and moist chicken beneath the thin crispy coating, which is noticeably different to most fried chicken.
I tried to do a trade with Seb for his $16,000 baby, but alas nothing I suggested would induce him to part with it.
Leroy’s are also stepping up to fill the recent Bar Bodega closure, by using their upstairs space as a dance and music venue as well as for functions. They’ve got a bunch of events lined up already, from regular house music to comedy and nerd nights (apparently get a brewer in to talk and a whole bunch of brew nerds appear!).
Stay tuned for much more to come from Leroy’s.
Monday to Friday, 9am til late; Saturday 11am til late.
Although the baby sister of La Boca Loca, Boquita on Kent Terrace is no baby in the taco stakes.
Everything here is plant based, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan (so those with dietary restrictions can enjoy the same deliciousness as everyone else) and made right in front of you.
It’s a very authentic experience sitting at the counter watching the chef press and cook the tacos (organic masa flour), craft the fillings, chop Prana Greens and pop them directly under your nose for immediate consumption.
The tacos were all fresh, clean and tasteful, with well balanced flavours - the rosemary, wild mushroom, black bean and garlic was earthy; the chipotle braised tempeh with seasonal veg was tangy; and the roasted courgette, capsicum and red onion slightly sweet. To this day I still can’t decide a favourite.
You can also enjoy salads like super quinoa, beans and broccoli; cauliflower ceviche with La Boca Loca totopos; and Mexi-slaw with lime. With a treat by Sweet Release or Tom & Luke to finish off if you fancy or drink by Six Barrel Soda, Good Buzz, Havana Brothers, and Antipodes.
Keep an eye out for their most unusual ingredient, Nopales - pickled cactus.
Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 8pm. Takeaways available.
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