It was only a few weeks ago when a friend of mine checked in on Facebook to a little known Mexican restaurant called Taco Quetzalcoatl’s. An article had been written in the New York Times suggesting that this was the place to go for authentic Mexican food. Ever since then, locals from far and wide have been lining up to eat at this establishment.
Two friends and myself decided to make the journey up to Salisbury. Hidden among the backstreets is an old set of retail shops, one of which is Taco Quetzalcoatl. Through the solid front door is a very basic dining space. The kitchen is to the left, and a doorway in front leads to more seating. Some might say it’s cosy and intimate, but the reality is, you’re sitting right next to the customers at a different table.
The menu is classic Mexican cuisine. Customers can select from tacos, tortillas, burritos, huaraches, quesadillas, enchiladas and other sides. One of my friends is vegan and gluten intolerant, and she was pleased to see items on the menu that she could order. The pricing is very reasonable with items ranging from $4-$12. I ordered the Elote (grilled corn), Empanada and Quesadilla.
During our visit, the restaurant was a full house and there were a steady stream of takeaway orders throughout the night. Depending on who you ask, people have different waiting periods that they consider acceptable. For us, the time between ordering and the food arriving was 35 minutes, which was bit long in my opinion.
The Elote was delicious. The corn was grilled to perfection, and the kernels were soft and juicy. The cob was seasoned with cheese, although it could have done with more. The Empanada looked as it should and had a firm pastry shell filled with minced beef. By itself, the Empanada was a bit bland and the accompanying salsas were much needed. The Quesadilla was very underwhelming. It was merely a soft flour tortilla filled with cheese, folded and then grilled. I wasn’t even sure why I ordered it.
The food at Taco Quetzalcoatl may be as close as you’d get to authentic Mexican food in Adelaide but you may not like it, especially if you’re used to the westernised variety. Perhaps it was the dishes I ordered or maybe the kitchen was having an off night. As mentioned earlier, the service was a bit slow, although the pricing of the food was reasonable.
WHERE: Shop 5, 18-28 Amanda St, Salisbury