Internationally famed but locally still a hidden gem of sorts, Taco Quetzalcoatl is expanding to the city with a restaurant on Unley Road.
It would be remiss of us to not mention the international renown that Taco Quetzalcoatl has received.
From local publications to the New York Times, the Salisbury restaurant has been praised as a rare authentically Mexican restaurant in a city which showcases many chains or upscale bars and restaurants serving similar cuisine. Within all of that, Taco Quetzalcoatl is something different.
Taco Quetzalcoatl is the brainchild of head chef Margarita Galindo, front of house manager Marco Camarillo and business partner Jaime Figueroa.
Hailing from Mexico and Chile, their team know exactly what they’re making.
“It’s authentic food and it’s home made food,” Jaimie replies when we ask him what to expect from the new restaurant.
“A similar menu to Taco Quetzalcoatl, but we’re pulling some different things, slight alternatives to dishes.”
But in other ways, the new restaurant, named Quetzalcoatl Mexican Restaurant, will be different to what fans experience in Salisbury.
The venue will seat around 120 which is significantly larger than Taco Quetzalcoatl and with a liquor licence on its way, the restaurant will be a veritable cantina.
When I ask why the expansion to Unley was made, Jaimie pinpoints the Day of the Dead celebrations late last year. A celebration that Margarita attended, and once the venue (which previously held Indochina Thai Restaurant) became free, the decision was made.
We’re told to expect bright decor, a lively atmosphere, Mexican cocktails aplenty. Think tequila sunrises, tequila margaritas and pina coladas and pair them with authentic salsas, tacos and house pressed tortillas.
The grand opening, which is slated for September, coincidently aligns with Margarita’s celebration of 25 years as a chef.
So we may be looking at another era of worshipping the Mesoamerican god, Quetzalcoatl, (if in a slightly different and less sacrifice-y way).
Quetzalcoatl Mexican Restaurant will be found at 153 Unley Road, Unley.