Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mad Mex - Darlinghurst

Mad Mex

Hoping to eat Thai at Yor Yor, we unfortunately found it closed for lunch. As such, due to our laziness and the convenience of Mad Mex, we stumbled in. With supposedly 4 easy steps.
1. choose whether you want a burrito (normal, fajita or "naked" - ie. in a bowl), taco, nacho or quesadilla style
2. you choose your meat (beef, chicken, pork, vege)
3. choice of salsa and other toppings
4. pick your drink

It's actually a lot harder to choose than you think. My partner opted for the burrito with beef ($9.90). This was a soft tortilla type wrap with black bean, rice, pico de gallo salsa, cheese, cream and beef. There were instructions on the serviette on how to eat it so that it doesn't fall apart. It basically tells you to tear the wrapping off (not unlike an icecream) rather than to take the whole burrito out of its red foil.

Burrito - $9.90

My friend ordered nachos ($9.90). Corn chips with cheese, black beans, pico de gallo salsa, lettuce, sour cream and jalapenos (are the fillings sounding repetitive yet?). Guacamole came for an extra $3. I would have to say - nachos normally come with melted cheese. Cheese here was definately un-melted.

Nachos - $9.90

My choice was tacos ($9.90). They come in lots of threes - either soft white tortilla tacos or crispy yellow ones. As my voice was on the verge of being lost, I opted for the soft ones and that was probably a really bad choice. Again - guess what's in the filling... black beans, pico de gallo salsa, lettuce, cheese, sour cream and chicken. I told my friend to take one of my tacos as there were too many. She had a very wise comment - "they probably just taste the same anyway". I couldn't agree more - the same toppings cannot taste too different...right? Anyway - the downfall of my tacos were the shells. The tortilla wrappings were over floury, leaving a powdery unfreshly-made tortilla type feel in your mouth and basically just crumbled. And yes, my filling went basically everywhere as these crumbly floury powdery tortillas were not fit to hold any filling at all.

tacos soft shell - $9.90

Finally, my friend ordered something with fillings other those mentioned above and had cheese which was melted - and that was the quesadilla ($9.90). A large flour tortilla with melted cheese and sour cream and meat and salsa. I have to say - out of all our picks, this one probably looked the worse but possibly would taste the best as it was hot and melty. Downfalls with this is probably the the basket "plate" it comes in as it means that its very difficult to cut properly - unless you're eating with your hands.

quesadilla - $9.90

Overall, I have to say that I don't like Mad Mex and would probably not want to eat here again. However, to be fair, my partner did say that he enjoyed his burrito and wouldn't mind eating it again. But honestly, mexican food can be better - even if it's fast food. I mean - how hard can it be to just melt the cheese on the nachos?

Food - 5.5/10
Service - 6.5/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Value for money - 6/10
Overall - 25/40

Mad Mex
Shop 2
241-247 Crown Street
NSW 2010
tel: (02) 9331 7788


Forager said...

I love this place! The portions are soooo generous. But that might be the value-seeking Asian in me. I swear the burrito I had weighed about a kilo and could've been a deadly weapon if used as a missile!

k. said...

hahah (: my friend works there !