Cinco de Mayo night at Touché Hombre7/15/2015 05:36:00 PM
A little earlier this year (the fifth of May, to be precise), I was invited along to Touché Hombre to try out their new menu. Mexican food and tequila cocktails? Just try and stop me! (And who else would I bring but my Mexico-phile cousine, Catherine?)
233 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9663-0811
I visited Touché Hombre a couple of years ago for my friend Adri's birthday and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to visiting again. You may remember that at the time I was deeply suspicious of both "modern Mexican" (I'm less fussed about that now) and no-bookings policies (still not a fan), but even so was impressed with Touché Hombre.
Since my last visit, I see that they've kept the fun and tasty modern take on Mexican food (yay), but gotten rid of the no-bookings policy (double yay).
|Margarita del Tommy - Espolon blanco, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, citrus, agave nectar - $16|
We started with a Margarita del Tommy, a light and citrussy easy-drinking cocktail. Needless to say, it paired perfectly with the food.
|Touché Fried Chicken with habanero cream and lime - $10|
The Touché fried chicken was really great - moist chicken in a crisp and well-seasoned batter, with spicy habanero cream and sprightly lime on the side to keep it nice and bright.
|Spicy Lamb Ribs - merquen, coriander, honey - $13|
I am so glad the lamb ribs remained, because they were one of my favourite dishes from last time. (I see they've been renamed from "fatty" lamb ribs to "spicy", but they were still delightfully fatty.) The meat was super tender and I loved the earthy mix of spices and the sweetness of the honey.
|Tostaditos - chicken tinga, blue crab, pumpkin, tuna|
Tostaditos aren't the type of thing I'd normally order myself, as I think that the heartier dishes tend to provide better value for money (and see above lamb ribs and fried chicken for two examples!), but still, I really enjoyed these crisp little tortillas piled with toppings. Each topping had a really distinct flavour and a nice texture - our favourites were the raw tuna with black sesame, soy, and candied peanuts, and the chicken tinga with spicy chipotle mayo.
|Kafir Lime & Chilli Margarita - Tapatio Reposado infused w/ kafir lime, chilli, ginger, citrus - $16|
Time for another drink! This kaffir lime and chilli margarita really packed a spicy kick! It was both refreshing and warming, at the same time.
|Front: Chimichurri Chicken Taco - egmont cheese, toasted pepitas, coriander aioli - $6.00|
Back: Mejilla Taco - slow-cooked pork cheek, habanero cream, BBQ corn salsa - $6.50
Tacos! Both the chimmichurri chicken taco and the mejilla (slow-cooked pork cheek) taco were tasty, but I really, really loved the mejilla taco, with its crispy pork, spicy habanero cream and smoky BBQ corn salsa. Give me a plate of those for dinner and I'd be a happy girl!
|Fish tacos with green salsa and cabbage|
Now, my cousin Catherine has a whole lotta dietary requirements (it's easier to ask her what she can eat than what she can't eat), but for the evening was happy to pick around what she could eat and have little bites of the things on her "no" list, just to taste. However so that she could have something proper to eat, the kitchen kindly put together a nice fish taco for her, with cabbage and salsa verde on the side). Speaking of dietary requirements, vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free options are clearly marked on the menu, and the venue manager, Rich, told us that they can deal with most dietary requirements with some advance notice.
|Blood Orange Madagascar - Jose Cuervo tradicional, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, blood orange juice - $16|
Wait, another tequila cocktail? Well, if you insist!
|Chocolate Ice-Cream Sanga with chilli and peanut butter parfait - $12|
We finished by sharing a chocolate ice-cream sandwich, filled with peanut butter parfait. The chilli taste wasn't particularly prominent, and the chocolate biscuits were a little too hard to cut through, so Catherine and I split this in half lengthwise to share. Ingenuity! The parfait was smooth, with a nice peanut butter flavour, but I would have preferred crisper biscuits.
We had a fun night at Touché Hombre - it's a great spot for a casual meal with good food and nice cocktails - and I'm hoping to go back again soon. Fried chicken and margaritas, who's in?
Sarah and Catherine dined as guests of Touché Hombre.