We all know you can’t go wrong with a trip to Gouger Street to satisfy your Asian food cravings. But how does the ‘eat street’ fare when you have yourself the Mexican munchies? We decided to go and see ‘wassup’ and test out one of the new hot spots on Gouger Street, Mexican Society of Chinatown.
Upon first glace of the place you can see the skeleton of the ol’ Mesa Lunga remains but essentially all signs of Spain have been packed away and replaced with a sprinkling of Mexicana chic. It’s a pleasant place to be.
The menu is a Mexican lovers dream with a subtle tip-of-the-hat to Chinatown by way of some Asian influenced items.
First we went with the grilled corn on the cob, revamped by the addition of coffee mayonnaise. Loved the sweet flavours mixed with the slight bitterness of the coffee. I gobbled down every kernel with the greatest of gusto.
Next up, the wings. These tasty morsels are pretty much everything you could want in a wing. You have the sticky. You have the smokey. You have the chili. You have the crunchy. Done and done.
One of the bigger dish options was the boneless chicken thigh seasoned with sesame and chillies on a carrot-orange puree, pickled red cabbage, rocket and Jamaica-habanero-honey salsa. We thought the chicken was slightly overcooked but the flavours were punchy and delicious so we were pretty impressed with this one as a whole.
Service was friendly but a little inconsistent. One minute you’re as popular as Savage Garden circa 1997 with 3 waitresses asking you if you are ready to order in a period of a few minutes, the next minute you’re Savage Garden circa now and have to execute a Mexican wave in order to get some attention.
All in all, I liked it. It’s not a contender for my top 10 restaurants in Adelaide but I didn’t walk away disappointment.