Mexico City, Bentleigh
With its striking red and blue decor, dim lighting and extensive bar menu, it’s not just the music that gives Mexico City it’s authentic vibe. This place balances fun and funky with a family friendly vibe to create the perfect suburban dining spot – every high street needs one of these!
Food: Nachos, Mexican style chorizo, pumpkin tacos, flautas, mixed paella, dessert sampling platter
Possibly the funnest place to dine on Bentleigh’s Centre Road, Mexico City was lively from the minute we arrived to the minute we left and it’s not hard to see why. Being a good 30-40 minutes out of the city, there’s a real need for local places like this. There’s a hefty alcohol list – yet it doesn’t feel like a bar – and there’s everything from light snacks to a filling paella. Groups of young people were dining side by side with families and everyone was enjoying the low key, laid back vibe.
We were treated to a variety of dishes selected by the chef – and thank goodness because there’s so much choice on the menu we didn’t know where to start! We began our Mexican feast with the nachos, Mexican Style Chorizo and pumpkin tacos. The baked nachos were loaded with toppings, and although we felt they were a little small to be a main dish, we enjoyed them as a sharing starter. The chicken had a lovely flavour and we enjoyed the generous serve of melted cheese.
The chorizo was a beautiful, sophisticated little Mexican bite. We loved the leanness of the meat and its beautiful smokey flavour. It had a subtle spice running though it, but we liked that this wasn’t too strong and was well balanced with the sour cream on the side. The tacos were something totally different. The pumpkin, veggies and cheese gave them a sharper, fresher flavour, rather than that hearty richness you normally expect with Mexican food, and the crisp tacos make them the perfect light bite to enjoy with a drink. We enjoyed the contrast and creativity of both these dishes.
We then sampled the flautas and mixed paella. The flautas are almost bite-sized flour tortillas and were probably our favourite of what was a very good selection of dishes. The soft juicy meat was full of flavour and each variety had its own distinct taste. I loved how each one was a couple of mouthfuls, they were so much easier to eat than a burrito. The paella was chock full of meat and veggies – just how I like it. The rice itself was light, and as with any Mexican dish, there were lots of ingredients and lots of flavours. This is definitely the most filling dish we tried and feels like a real hearty meal.
Finally we got to sample a platter of all of their desserts, including their chocolate nachos and dessert flautas. The nachos are light and are ideal if you just want to finish off your meal with a bit of simple sweetness. The flautas were again my favourite. I enjoyed the banana flavour and thought this was a really good choice to stop them becoming overly sweet. they were yummy and creative! We definitely think there needs to be a Mexico City in every ‘burb!
Address: 260 Centre Road, Bentleigh
Mon 5:30pm to late
Wed 5:30pm to late
Thu 5:30pm to late
Fri 5:30pm to late
Sat 12pm to 2pm and 5:30pm to late
Sun 5:30pm to late
Parking: You should easily find a park on a nearby side street off Centre Road. If not, there are carparks about 5 minutes walk away.
Getting here on PT: It’s less than 10 minutes walk from Bentleigh Train Station on the Frankston line.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Mexico City, Bentleigh. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.