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El Cuervo Cantina in Newtown

Day of the Dead

Shop door decorations for Day of the Dead

Window Decor in Newtown

Day of the Dead was a great opportunity for the Mexican community in Newtown to shine with colorful decorations on the shop doors and windows.

There are several Mexican restaurants in Newtown of varying repute from ones that are frequent ambulence stops to white cloth table ones with swanky ambiance.

El Cuervo on Enmore Road is somewhere in the middle of the range of Mexican cuisine in Newtown. The small cantina promises the authentic Mexican experience. The dining space is simple with a small stage. For Day of the Dead, live music and special banquet menu was advertised however, there was neither live music nor a special menu. The menu was traditional Mexican fare with enchiladas, black bean sides and cheese and guacomole dips.

We tried the house specialty chocolate sauce on the enchiladas and that was a mistake. If you can imagine salty chocolate flavoured sauce with runny consistency in brown colour, and this does not seem appealing to you, best to avoid.

Service was forgetful. The restaurant was full house and the waiters refused to write down the orders so we ended up with wrong appetisers but they also forgot to charge us so in the end we were happy.

Over all, it was a disappointing experience. I have yet to find Mexican cuisine that’s good in Sydney.

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I live in Newtown. I love Inner West. But I can love other neighbourhoods as well.

2 responses »

  1. Great blog! I found an authentic Mexican restaurant that I loved in Brooklyn NY – only when I had finished gorging myself, I was seized with the worst food poisoning ever had! Your blog is great – I went to uni in Sydney and adored Newtown, and miss it desperately. Your blog is a piece of nostalgia to one of the greatest cities on earth! Keep it up!

    Reply
    • Oh yes, authentic Mexican food must come with a side of food poisoning, that’s a given I suppose 🙂
      I hope you visit Sydney sometime in the future, would love to meet up and go to the BEST Mexican restaurant on King Street, Izote 🙂 So, I’ve been told. I’ve yet to check it out but when I do, it will be blogged.

      Reply

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