Radio Mexico

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My friend Margaret suggested we all try this new Mexican place in St Kilda. They didn’t take bookings so Margaret put our name on the waiting list at 7pm on a Thursday. She was told it was going to be a one-and-a-half hour wait for six people!

I’m not one for waiting for food. There was a waiting area where you could sit down and have a drink, but even the waiting area was full. So we stood outside in the cold chatting until we decided to give up and started heading towards The Village Belle for a pub meal and some trivia.

Just before 8pm as we were reaching the Belle, Margaret got a call saying that a table was available for us. I was pretty eager to enter the pub as I secretly thought their phone call was a ploy not to lose our custom. However, majority rules and we headed back to Radio Mexico.

Sure enough, our table wasn’t exactly ready for us. We stood outside peering through the window wondering which table we would get, eagerly waiting for previous diners to leave. When they finally did, we were seated at a table by the window. The restaurant was beautiful and had an exotic feel to it.

We were quick to order us some chips and dips to start as we were all starving!

GUACAMOLE WITH HAND CUT CHIPS AND PICO DE GALLO $8

We ended up running out of chips for all the dip, so I poured the packet of salt and vinegar chips (which I bought to snack on in anticipation for our table wait) into the bowl to the amusement of the waiter who queried where those chips had come from. I HAVE NO SHAME!

We ended up ordering tacos individually along with some main meals to share.

SLAW CLASSIC MEXICAN CABBAGE SALAD $10

ALBONDIGAS SPICY BEEF, PORK AND RICE MEATBALLS WITH SALSA AND HOMEMADE CREMA, SERVED WITH GREEN RICE $14

PORK BELLY AL PASTOR OVEN ROASTED FREE RANGE PORK BELLY WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA, SERVED WITH GREEN RICE $18

QUINOA Y CALABAZA ROASTED PUMPKIN, TOASTED SEEDS & QUINOA SALAD WITH GOATS CURD $14

The general consensus was that the tacos were fantastic and we would all come back for them. I had the prawn and chicken tacos (which I drowned in the Mexican chilli sauce and had a burning mouth for a while afterwards) but they were delicious! I enjoyed the main meals too, they were all full of flavour.

However the main meals failed to impress the group. In fact, two of my friends who had been to Amigos, another Mexican restaurant only up the road, said it was much better than Radio Mexico. Will have to see for myself next time.

Service was generally friendly.

Service: 8/10

Food: 10/10

Ambience: 10/10