Dos Senoritas, Crows Nest, Sydney

My expectations of Mexican food is pretty low at this, the wrong side of the Pacific Ocean. Auckland goes for the hip and trendy Tex-Mex or fusion versions, which is fun and tasty, if somewhat manufactured and more focused on getting imbibed than the food. I haven’t really acquainted myself with the Mexican food scene here in Sydney, as the ones named on the ‘best of’ lists seem to be in the parts of town where the cool people hang out and parking is a mission in itself.

Dos Senoritas, by sheer luck, is a 10-minute walk from our apartment. You don’t need a booking even though it is a popular eatery, service is quick and friendly. The original branch is in Gladesville. Servings are massive (even by BL’s standards). Dos Senoritas claim to bring authentic Mexican cuisine from the streets of Guadalajara. The walls are decorated with depictions of Mexican images, expect Mayan temples, Day of the Dead art, ponchos and sombreros.

The menu is divided into starters, burritos, salads and sandwiches, combo plates and specialties. Most of their dishes come with guacamole (the real stuff, just avocado, lime, coriander, onions and jalapenos), pico (fresh salad made with diced tomato and onions), sour cream, beans and rice. They provide complementary corn chips with a spicy salsa.

There are tortilla options for their tacos; you can choose between gringo (flour tortillas), street style (corn tortillas) and tex-mex (crispy taco shell). Seriously. Gives me a chuckle each time. You get to choose from 6 different types of protein and a dish of any choice of three tacos is $25. I chose marinated steak, Dos XX (Mexican lager) marinated fish, and fish and shrimp topped with Baja sauce, on corn tortilla. These were bursting with flavour and substantial. I only managed half the dish, and roped in BL to finish the rest. My favourite is the shrimp; the Baja sauce is fresh, spicy and tangy.

BL chose the mole Oaxaca, which had two full chicken breasts cooked in mole served with Mexican rice and pinto beans. This was tasty, but did not have the same depth of a mole I’ve had elsewhere.

On our second visit, we figured we were a bit wiser on the serving sizes (sure), and opted for one starter and one main to share. I picked the cheese quesadillas with steak ($15).  The quesadilla was nicely grilled, crispy on the outside, and the cheese and steak gave it a salty, chewy filling. This was more than enough for a main, I had two and a bit slices and had to concede defeat. I love how all the flavours and textures come together in your mouth, creamy, salty, tangy, crispy, savoury, crunchy.

BL had the chicken tamale, a corn husk stuffed with corn masa mix and meat. The tamales were dry, and tasted somewhat bland. BL added extra salsa to give it more bite.

We had the Jamaica, or hibiscus iced tea. This has a nice tart flavour, slightly sweetened, and very refreshing. Just the drink to cut through the rich food.

The food at Dos Senoritas is tasty enough, but doesn’t always hit the mark. I was very impressed with the tacos and I could happily chow down on this on a weekly basis. The service is very efficient, so if you were in the market for a family friendly, quick, tasty meal, it would be hard to go past Dos Senoritas.

Dos Senoritas
19 Falcon Street, Crows Nest
Ph: 02-9439 3332
Open 6 days, Tues – Sun
Lunch: 10am – 3:30pm
Dinner: 5 – 10pm

265D Victoria Road, Gladesville
Ph: 02-9817 3737
Open 6 days, Tues – Sun
Lunch: 10am – 3:30pm
Dinner: 5 – 10pm

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