Mexican cuisine is known for its bold and vibrant flavours that will make your taste buds dance joyfully. Fortitude Valley is the place to go if you’re looking for a Mexican restaurant serving authentic food. You can expect a wide range of traditional Mexican dishes, from tacos to Tequila, with a modern twist.
Some must-try dishes in a Mexican restaurant include Tacos al Pastor, soft corn tortillas filled with marinated pork cooked on a vertical spit, and Queso Fundido, which is melted cheese mixed with chorizo and served hot. For mains, Enchiladas are an all-time favourite among customers as they are stuffed with meat or vegetables and smothered in rich tomato sauce.
Regarding drinks at a Mexican restaurant, Tequila is undoubtedly the show’s star. You can find several types of Tequila like Blanco, Reposado, Anejo or Extra Anejo that are best enjoyed straight-up or as part of cocktails like Margarita or Paloma. Other popular beverages include horchata (a sweet rice drink), Jarritos (Mexican soda) and Agua Fresca (fruit-flavoured water).
MAYA Mexican Restaurant
MAYA Mexican Restaurant draws inspiration from the vibrant culture of Mexico’s Maya region, focusing on artisanal Tequila and regional Mexican cuisine. After a trip to Guadalajara, the owners were inspired to bring a slice of Mexico to Australia through their love of food, drink, and culture.
The menu at MAYA features a blend of coastal Pacific, Yucatan, and Sonoran influences, expertly combined with fresh Australian produce. The result is a contemporary take on traditional Mexican street fare, designed to be shared with friends and enjoyed with a margarita.
But it’s not just the food that shines at MAYA – the drinks menu is equally impressive. The bar menu showcases the agave spirits that Mexico is famous for, with a handpicked selection of highland tequilas, artisanal mezcals, and small-batch sotols. There’s also a carefully curated wine list featuring some of the best wineries from across Australia and worldwide and a selection of innovative cocktails.
Whether planning a casual get-together with friends, after-work drinks, or a corporate event, MAYA Fortitude Valley is the perfect venue. And for larger groups of eight or more, the set menu is the easiest way to satisfy everyone’s cravings. With its focus on high-quality ingredients, exceptional drinks, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, MAYA is a must-visit for anyone looking for a taste of Mexico in Australia.
757 Ann St | More info on the MAYA website
Baja Modern Mexican
Baja Modern Mexican is all about soaking up the sun and good vibes, with its inviting atmosphere reminiscent of warm and breezy beaches. Located in the heart of The Valley, Baja offers a fusion of traditional Mexican dishes with a modern, Southern California twist.
Their menu boasts of locally sourced ingredients artistically crafted into dishes that will ignite your senses with their bold flavours. The vibrant and fresh tortillas that house these delicious bites add to the culinary experience.
If you love experimenting with flavours, Baja Modern Mexican will not disappoint. Their culinary experts have taken inspiration from Mexican cuisine and added a contemporary twist that elevates every bite to a whole new level.
For those who can handle a bit of heat, Baja delivers with a kick of chile that’s sure to satisfy. Their focus on using the freshest ingredients and creative cooking techniques make for a mouthwatering dining experience.
If you’re looking for a restaurant that offers a unique twist on traditional Mexican cuisine, Baja Modern Mexican is the place for you. Combining fresh ingredients, bold flavours, and an inviting atmosphere make for an unforgettable dining experience.
211 Brunswick Street | More info on the Baja website
Guzman y Gomez
Guzman y Gomez prides itself on providing delicious Mexican cuisine using authentic, high-quality ingredients. With a 100% clean menu, customers can choose from various options, including burritos, enchiladas, nachos, tacos, and quesadillas.
All dishes are prepared fresh and bursting with flavour. The salsa station adds an extra dimension to your meal, and remember to include our crispy chipotle seasoned fries. For dessert, we offer churros with delicious chocolate sauce.
Whether you’re craving breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Guzman y Gomez has something for everyone who loves authentic Mexican cuisine. Customers can easily order their meals through our website, in-restaurant, or the new app. Grab yourself a fantastic feed today and taste the difference natural ingredients can make!
Emporium 1000 Ann Street | More info on the Guzman y Gomez website
Rumba Bar & Kitchen
Introducing Rumba Bar & Kitchen, a Cuban oasis that’ll transport you to the lively streets of Havana without having to leave Fortitude Valley. This vibrant venue is the latest addition from the masterminds behind Lina Rooftop, Soko Rooftop, and Mina Italian.
Step inside Rumba and let loose in their unpretentious atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in sultry Latin vibes and indulge in a range of flavorful cocktails. The energy is contagious, and you’ll be swept away by the lively music and warm, welcoming staff.
If you’re looking to escape the everyday and experience a night like no other, then Rumba Bar & Kitchen is the place to be. Embrace the rhythm, embrace the flavour, and embrace the lively energy of Rumba!
365 St Pauls Terrace | More info on the Rumba website
Other Mexican Restaurants Close By
El Camino Cantina Bowen Hills
Looking for a Tex-Mex dining experience like no other? Look no further than El Camino Cantina! This lively joint offers a menu packed with classic Tex-Mex dishes, from tacos to nachos and everything in between. But that’s not all – their legendary margaritas are a cult favourite for a reason, served frozen or on the rocks.
What sets El Camino apart is their attention to detail. From hand-made tortillas to made-to-order guacamole, their dishes are bursting with flavour. And don’t forget about the complimentary baskets of tortilla chips and salsas, which are refillable all night long.
But the fun doesn’t stop with the food. El Camino offers daily specials like $2 Taco Tuesdays, 10-cent Wing Wednesdays, and half-price Fajita Thursdays. And on the weekends, the party kicks into high gear. The music gets louder, the frozen margarita machines churn a little faster, and the energy is contagious.
So if you’re looking for a Tex-Mex experience that’s turbocharged and filled with party vibes, buckle up and head on over to El Camino Cantina. You won’t regret it!
45 King St, Bowen Hills | More info on the El Camino Cantina website
La Mexicana – Howard Smith Wharves
Looking for a festive and fun Mexican dining experience in Howard Smith Wharves? Look no further than La Mexicana, the pop-up restaurant serving up some of the best Mexican street food in town!
Chef Louis Tikaram’s menu draws inspiration from his travels to LA and Mexico, bringing you authentic and delicious dishes such as guacamole, churros, and tacos. And what’s a Mexican meal without a margarita? La Mexicana’s extensive selection of tequilas and mezcals, paired with their creative cocktail menu, will have you feeling like you’ve been transported straight to Mexico.
So come down to the Rivershed Lawn and say Hola to La Mexicana – your taste buds will thank you!
Howard Smith Wharves | More info on the La Mexicana page