233 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
9663 0811 &
15 Claremont Street South Yarra
03 9827 0399
If you’ve ever eaten in Melbourne you’ll know this beautiful city of mine is Mexican crazy. I actually think we have pretty great Mexican too, and I’m not talking florescent yellow cheese-from-a-can type Mexican. I think it’s because in Australia we have amazingly fresh produce that lends itself to the non-fussy Mexican cooking methods and techniques.
Enough food chat, let me introduce Touché Hombre. Cool is an understatement. Situated in the CBD (and South Yarra) most wait staff are tattooed and the walls are artistically graffitied. Not at all pretentious or stuffy, this place is…well….cool.
But the food is what I’m about. Sharing a small starter of tangy guacamole and tortilla chips I was impressed by the toasted pepitas used as a garnish. The caramelised nuttiness is a little trick I’ll now use at home for my weekly batch of quac. Washed down with a creamy and buttery tasting Bohemia cerveza (beer), this place seems like a winner.
For our main meal a friend and I shared the Platos de Califa: grilled sirloin steak marinated in tequila and lime served with salsa negra (a spicy and smoky flavoured sauce), red rice, pico de gallo (tomato-based salsa), half an avocado and six warmed tortillas. The steak was succulent and generous in size and the accompanying salsa negra sauce was outstandingly memorable – I wanted more of it! This section of the menu offers a few sharing options showcasing pork, chicken and a vegetarian option. I personally think the ‘Platos’ option is a great way to a share meal without over-ordering or overpaying on too many starters that sometimes leave you hungry and bankrupt at the end of a meal. When ordering make sure you also check out the extensive tequila menu.
For dessert we shared a cold crunchy choc-chilli biscuit lovingly welded together by a delicious peanut parfait. The parfait was intensely nutty – in a great way, and the chocolate cookie had the best kick. I was so glad to end my meal with the chilli tinge lingering in my mouth. Overall, loved this place and can’t wait to go again and pretend to be cool.