Mexican cantina and bar with plant-based menu inspired by Mexican fusion cuisine, and also including Peruvian fusion flavours. Menu includes sharing plates and tacos, as well as a tasting menu and a set Chef's Creation menu on Thursday evenings. Fully licensed with Diablo Pisco bar serving beer, wine and cocktails, specialising in tequila and Peruvian pisco. Open Tue-Thu 6:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:00pm. Closed Sun-Mon.

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27 Reviews

First Review by chrisford67


Points +410

21 Oct 2023

Like Mexican fusion fine dining

We had the 5 course set menu and all the dishes were packed full of flavour and the mocktail was lovely. The dessert was yummy. Customer service by the waiting hosts was A .

Updated from previous review on 2023-10-21

Pros: Fantastic customer service , Filling dishes from the set menu, Nice dinner vibe

Cons: Have to book a reservation, no walk ins, Little pricey but fair, Not opened for lunch



Points +274

02 Sep 2023

Excellent restaurant

The entire menu is gluten-free and plantbased! The food was very tasty, I’ll be back next time I’m in Sydney!


Points +2240

22 Aug 2023

3.5 stars: some delish tacos

Tried one of every taco (minus the felafel taco) for Taco Tuesday, it was a great way to sample everything I wanted.
My favourites were the eggplant taco (eggplant cubes were nicely breaded and fried), California roll taco, and the calamari taco (which had togarashi sprinkled on it, giving it a lovely bit of kick).
The crispy maki furai roll was also very enjoyable.
Everything had a little too much rich sauce on them, I would have liked the flavour of the fresh ingredients to come through a bit more.

Pros: Cool ambiance, Friendly staff


Points +114

25 Jun 2023

Great food!

Nearly every dish we tried from the set menu was delicious, but the prawn taco was lacking in flavour compared to the rest of the dishes. The drinks were amazing and the waitress we had was friendly and attentive.

We didn't love being asked to tip by a staff member when paying, though. If anything, it left us feeling a bit put out and felt as though it was expected.

Updated from previous review on 2023-06-25

Pros: The food , The drinks , The atmosphere

Cons: Pressure to tip


Points +33

13 Jun 2023

Absolutely fantastic

Best vegan sushi

Pros: Great sushi, Great tacos , Great service

Cons: Manager not super friendly , Closed on Sunday


Points +1659

09 Jun 2023

Inventive tacos, but lacking in other areas

tasty food, fishbowl margaritas and great vibe, but a couple issues; the Japanese set menu isn’t enough food, pressuring for tips, and not fixing wrong orders..

Updated from previous review on 2022-05-07


Points +2748

08 Jun 2023

Calle Rey

I had buffalo wings, fable carnitas tacos finished with Mexican choc brownie 3 pieces topped with toasted coconut and coconut icecream. The whole lot was soo delicious. Had a drink of a mocktail of strawberry puree, pineapple juice and coconut cream. Bill $46. Worthy of a HC sticker but have no more.

Updated from previous review on 2023-06-08

Pros: Excellent service, Totally plant based, Extensive cocktails and beers


Points +146

18 May 2023

Delicious taco experience

The food and drinks menu is extensive here and everything I've tried so far was scrumptious and so delicious! Bar and wait staff are very friendly and it feels like a super friendly environment to dine at. I would love a better fitting music for the vibe (they were mostly playing 80s-90s American pop songs).

Updated from previous review on 2023-05-18

Pros: Portion sizes, So tasty!, Friendly service

Cons: Music and lighting could be improved


Points +929

10 May 2023


The CHURROS oh my god and the corn were incredible. Mushroom taco also great, maki roll was good but too much ‘crab/fish’ in the middle for my taste. The workers are also very nice


Points +553

30 Apr 2023

Always great

Food is always amazing. I have never had anything that tastes bad there. Highly recommend


Points +15165

09 Apr 2023

Crowd pleaser

Having had a great experience at the other Mexican street food restaurant on King Street, I was keen to see what this one was like. We ordered the set menu and I made a point of ordering pisco cocktails, since this was the bar’s specialty. The atmosphere was fairly unremarkable. Drinks and food came out very quickly and it was nice not to have to wait around. The smoked chicken nachos were nice but but the most substantial nachos I’ve ever shared. The charred corn was deliciously messy in the way one would expect. The cauliflower wings were fine but unexciting with a crowd-pleasing sweet sauce. The tacos we chose - carnitas and chicken adobo - were both tasty but super sloppy and (more than typically) hard to eat, to the extent it detracted from the experience. As a rule, tacos are only small, so you need to make that brief gustatory event a good one. We chose the churros for dessert and they were drenched in dense syrup but still quite delicious. I’d been a bit worried it wouldn’t satisfy my big appetite, but it was enough. Staff were polite and in studiously intrusive. I’d come back to try out the rest of the menu, and a couple of different cocktails.

Pros: Quick service, Generally decent food

Cons: Soggy tacos


Points +24

08 Apr 2023


The set menu was outstanding. 10 out of 10.

Pros: Vegan and gluten free


Points +4974

23 Mar 2023

Absolutely obsessed with their taco tasting menu!

Great tacos, great drinks, not a huge fan of the other tasting menus because everything's fried. Still, my partner loved the 5-spice brownie, and he's never liked vegan brownies before, so cheers to that. The taco tasting menu, on the other hand, has all the taco options for 35, with very generous portions. Highlights: smoked chicken, mushroom adobo, fried calamari, and the California roll. The other ones taste pretty good as well, but these just blew my mind, especially the calamari (I had low expectations) and the adobo mushroom. Chill atmosphere, friendly staff, decent price, amazing taste. Highly recommend this place.

Updated from previous review on 2023-03-15

Pros: Great taste, Creative options, Decent price

Cons: The other tasting menus are all fried food


Points +356

07 Mar 2023


Really enjoyed the variety of flavors and textures. Quite filling but very light too. The rules for ordering were pretty confusing - you could not order certain combinations of things - they want people to have a "shared experience."

Pros: All vegan , Delicious

Cons: Not super cheap but not the worst 🙂, Rules for ordering were pretty confusing


Points +170

13 Oct 2022

rolled home after eating !!!

ate the set menu with a fellow vegan and an omni and they were very pleasantly surprised !
so many elements to it and with a few margs I was soo full leaving!

Pros: great atmosphere, lovely waitstaff, pretty cheap too!!


Points +152

16 Jul 2022


This place is incredible! The food is superb. The atmosphere is very cool. Prices are great. Legendary cocktails! All wonderfully vegan 🌱

Pros: Great food , Great atmosphere , Lovely staff


Points +41

23 May 2022

Favorite among favorites

I love it, everytime we go we find a new dish we love.

Pros: Completely vegan menu, Drinks are also vegan but taste like the originals


Points +45

19 Feb 2022

Friendly staff, nice atmosphere and delicious food!

One of the best vegan restaurants in Newtown! It’s not as busy as other vegan places on King street so it is a bit of a hidden gem

Pros: All plant based menu, Delicious tacos, Good cocktail selections


Points +50

27 Mar 2021

Amazing food with great value, innovative and friendly

For $28 per person, it comes with set menu with 7 items. All of them are packed with flavour and just enough portion.

I like how innovative they are in terms of updateing their menu. I really don't mind not having to choose from the menu.

I mean in a way, it shows their confidence in food and in a way reduce food wastage.

If you are worried that's not enough food, get their huge size of cocktail!


Points +86

10 Jan 2021

Nice flavours, but left hungry

The flavours were nice however the portions were small and we left hungry. One course was few slices of cucumber 😅
Not suitable to go with children.
It’s a place to have drinks and something small to eat...
The stuff was very nice.

Pros: Everything is vegan, Lovely flavours

Cons: Small portions


Points +58

05 Dec 2020

AMAZING FOOD, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great price.

The food is amazing and can’t get over how great the price is. I’ve been twice and I’ll definitely go back many more times.

Pros: All vegan, Delicious food, great price , Super friendly staff


Points +710

08 Aug 2020

Amazing set menu

Really enjoyed the set menu. Loads of food for our group of three. Highlight was the tacos and the chocolate brownie!

Pros: Set menu so no need to order, Lots of variety, Yum mocktails


Points +358

25 Jul 2020

Good food, short sittings

Interesting dishes loaded with flavour. Great drink menu - but unfortunately the short sittings don’t give you much time to sit back and have a few drinks.

Pros: All vegan, All gluten free, Very affordable

Cons: Short sittings


Points +90

20 Jun 2020

Great tasting food

Amazing flavours and excellent service!

Pros: Best cauliflower wings in the city

Cons: The tacos were a bit boring


Points +159

17 Jan 2020

Yes! Delicious, beautifully presented, big portions!

I am always SO happy when another vegan restaurant opens up.
And even happier when the food is this good!
The service was amazing. Great atmosphere. And buzzing.
Delicious Margaritas too.
This place is a must.


Points +118

22 Dec 2019


Just when I thought we had a lot of options in Newtown, this gem comes a lot! I loved the buffalo wings, and took full advantage of their happy hour. Can’t wait to go back

Pros: Delicious, Well priced, Easy to share


Points +253

08 Nov 2019

Amazing vegan Mexican(ish)

Tequila specialist bar (although I had a Moscow Mule) that also has a wonderful menu of small plates, sharing plates and tacos.

We had the buffalo wings which are to do for, although not spicy if that's what you are expecting, and a couple of tacos (duck and the Portobello mushroom).

Will definitely be back

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