Sydney, we know we're inundated with Mexican Restaurants popping out of nowhere right now, and Beach Burrito is no exception. When the question "Where is Sydney's Best Burrito" came up on WeekendNotes, Burrito came up on tops in shining armour. Well, they already have five stores open (and four of them in Sydney) before this one came hatching at Sydney's Darlinghurst on the 17th of February 2013.
I have caught the Mexican food bug, and just like how some other Sydney siders have caught onto the fro-yo bug as of late. Therefore, I recently paid Beach Burrito a visit, wanting to see what the fuss was all about. The experience was rather average. I came in with high expectations, and the overall experience (including food prep times) fell well short of this expectation.
The food is not overly cheap, yet when it (finally) comes out, the flavours pack some punch. When I walked in, I wasn't overly hungry. Therefore, a couple of tostadas ($10) from the Street Food menu would be enough to fill the spot, and only if you're not kept waiting.
Food like this (two little toasts) should only take around five minutes to come up, especially when they regard themselves as "Mexican fast food." You begin to feel like how some of those contestants felt on My Kitchen Rules when they're waiting up to two and a half hours for mains to come out at someone's instant restaurant. This is how I felt. I became restless and a but distracted. Like the contestants and judges on My Kitchen Rules, I was expecting good things. About 40 minutes later my two tostadas arrived, yet the place wasn't overly busy, despite a few tables being occupied. On that, the presentation looked cheap and rather disappointing.
The two tostadas ordered. A simple snack.
Otherwise the Chorizo sausage was full of flavour, and the tomatoes were fresh and finely chopped. Not too sure about the chipotle mayonnaise; it was rather bland, and there was a bit too much on the toast. The chorizo sausage was well cooked. Like a mexican bruschetta. Nice one. The beef tostada was also fresh. All ingredients combined together nicely with the right acidity. Deja vu, I did not like the mayonnaise.
All in all the staff were friendly, and the food was fresh and flavoursome. The kitchen staff really need to work on their time management skills a little more. People do not like waiting around for their food.
Where: Beach Burrito, 346 Victoria Street Darlinghurst.
Why: For the Chorizo Tostada's on the street food menu.
Cost: My bill came to $10, two tostadas.
When: Late lunch, early afternoon snack.
Good for kids: Not recommended.
Take away: Is available.