Mexican Society - Australia's Best Mexican

Mexican Society - 140 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Recently awarded the best Mexican in Australia at the 2017 Awards of Excellence, Mexican Society is Adelaide’s go-to spot for flavour packed, authentic Mexican food in the heart of the CBD.

Originally known as Mexican Society of Chinatown, the restaurant was opened in 2015 by Walter Ventura with the goal to offer memorable Mexican food that Adelaide has never seen before. The inventive menu was a culinary mash-up of traditional Mexican and Chinese flavours, a clever fit for the Gouger Street location.

However, since our last visit, the restaurant has dropped ‘of Chinatown’, as head chef Alejandro Huerta focuses more on serving up genuine Mexican dishes without the Asian influence. Although we loved the offering of the old Mexican Society as we thought it stood out from the crowd of other restaurants in Adelaide, our recent visit was no disappointment, and here are some of the highlights we enjoyed from the menu. All food and beverages were provided on behalf of Mexican Society.

Tuna and watermelon ceviche in a white peach and habanero sauce
with cucumber, radish, guacamole and cilantro - $14.90

To begin our Mexican feast, a gorgeously plated ceviche landed at our table. A colourful combination of fresh tuna, cubed watermelon, white peach and habanero sauce, cucumber, radish and guacamole, it was refreshing to see a ceviche done differently - and the dish definitely delivered on flavour too!

Achiote grilled chicken, pickled red onion and guacamole in a corn tortilla - $7.90
Chipotle cauliflower, carrot and red cabbage slaw and vegan mayonnaise in a flour tortilla - $6.50

Recommended to us by the friendly and informed staff were two tacos – achiote grilled chicken, and chipotle cauliflower. The achiote grilled chicken was served in a corn tortilla with guacamole and pickled red onion, and was deliciously juicy and tender. Enveloped in a flour tortilla, the chipotle cauliflower was crunchy and spicy, balanced out well with a carrot and red cabbage slaw and creamy vegan mayonnaise.

Baja California style char-grilled octopus with parsley pesto,
tomato, cucumber and onion salsa with guajillo dressing - $16.90 / $31.90

Baja California is a Mexican state on the Baja California Peninsula and is famous for a flavour packed sauce made from bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, onion, garlic, and many spices. Whether marinated or cooked in the Baja sauce, the octopus tentacle in this dish carried bags of flavour, and remained incredibly tender. Livened up by a parsley pesto, fresh tomato, cucumber and onion salsa, and spicy guajillo dressing, this dish could easily convince anyone to love octopus!

Lime and cilantro chicken with soy-guajillo sauce, roasted rosemary butternut squash,
chard mini cucumber, fresh jalapeño, cilantro and lime - $9.90 / $20.50 

What seemed like a potentially strange flavour combination written on the menu turned out to be a clear favourite dish of the night all around our table. The lime and cilantro chicken thigh with soy-guajillo sauce had obviously been slow roasted, retaining great moisture and texture. Paired with rosemary butternut squash, the saltiness and sweetness of each component balanced out wonderfully in this dish. 

Slow cooked beef enchiladas with spicy tomato sauce, pico de gallo, queso, crema, cilantro and mint - $11.50 / $22.50 

Take a flavoursome filling, roll it in a corn tortilla, cover it in cheese, bake and serve in a spicy tomato sauce - everyone loves enchiladas! Mexican Society's slow cooked beef enchiladas were some of the best we have had, with slightly crispy tops, sour cream and fresh herbs to balance out the rich meat.  

Dessert special - chocolate hazelnut mousse with pistachio crumble and cherry

After seeing the table next to us order the gorgeously plated dessert special of the night, we couldn't leave without trying it for ourselves! The chocolate hazelnut mousse was velvety smooth and not too rich, matched with a heavenly cherry coulis and crunchy pistachio crumble. This was a dessert that we could not fault, and such a perfect way to finish our experience at Mexican Society.

With a thoughtfully crafted menu by head chef Alejandro Huerta, a funky interior, many different seating options, friendly staff and great cocktail and wine list, Mexican Society hits the nail on the head for any occasion. Check out their menu online, or head down and have a taste for yourself for lunch on Thursday or Friday from 12:00pm to 2:30pm, or for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30pm.

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