This month, Mexican Society led by Head Chef Alejandro Huerta introduces a new menu inspired by Frida Kahlo; an artist, revolutionary and icon around the world.
The flavour-packed dishes, are a far cry from some of the more westernized versions of Mexican food getting around town, and bring a true insight into the culture and more genuine Mexican food.
The menu has created from Chef’s childhood memories cooking with his mother and grandmother, his own cultural experiences and the essence of Frida Kahlo.
The menu is a derivative of her life and reflects her works and embodiment of Mexico – life, love, food, flavour, colour.
Chef Huerta said “one of the most important messages Frida Kahlo gave to Mexicans was to embrace yourself, be proud of who you are and your roots. This food we have created is a reinvention of her stories and of Mexican food for Australia”.
Chef Huerta has been inspired by Frida Kahlo’s artwork words, and the colours she used to create this new menu. Edible flowers, pomegranate, chilli, limes, watermelon.
Foods that offer bold colour and textures have been used in this inspirational and unique creation.
Guacamole is smoked offering a bold and hearty flavour, citrus is used to cook and seal fish dishes, worm salt is used to pull out flavours, chillies, pork belly, fish and corn … with the Mexican staple of tacos, all stuffed with full bodied ingredients.
Being able to truly create and offer modern Mexican food is a passion for the team at Mexican Society. Chef Huerta said “South Australian culture embraces new ideas and experiences, especially with foods and flavours.
This is something I love about Adelaide, everyone is so eager to embrace something new and willing to learn and listen. But, their experience of Mexican food to date is just the tip of the iceberg”. He added, “we have a lot more to share with our food journey!”.
Chef Huerta anticipates a new resurgence of genuine Mexican food experiences and is excited to bring his mother and grandmother’s table to the food lovers in Adelaide.
You’ll find Mexican Society at 140 Gouger Street, Adelaide.
Photography by Matt Kroker