Cindy and I met up for dinner in Carlton, after I went to the launch of Laura McPhee-Browne's very fine book. We took the opportunity to try out Taquito, the newest Mexican place that has taken up the old Markov Place venue on Drummond Street. It's fancyish Mexican, with fancyish booze - the kind of place where you can drop $50 without even trying. The menu is vegan-friendly and they're on top of all kinds of dietary restrictions.
I stuck with one of their tap beers, but Cindy couldn't resist a housemade horchata ($7), a milky, rice drink with vanilla, cinnamon and a few other spices. She loved it.
We kicked off with a smoked and pickled cauliflower tostada with black garlic and pinenut salsa ($12). This was predictably fantastic - black garlic can really be guaranteed to take any dish to the highest level.
We followed up with a vegan taco flight ($23 for 4). The selection is pretty changeable I think - ours included a sweet potato option, black beans and battered cauliflower - all were really excellent.
We finished off with a plate of the excellent buffalo milk cheese curds topped with pickled watermelon and peanut salsa macha ($14).
Sadly this review is being written many weeks late, so my memory is pretty sketchy - mostly I have remember feeling very positive about the whole experience. The staff were super friendly, the atmosphere was humming and the food was excellent. It's a strange time to write restaurant reviews - so many places are going to struggle through this period. Taquito are doing their best to keep things going, with takeaway and spaced out tables - grab a bunch of tacos and eat them in the park if you can.
350 Drummond Street, Carlton
0450 651 247
Accessibility: There's a step as you come in the Drummond Street entry - we didn't check out the entryway off the cobbled laneway at the back. There's a mix of low and high seating and full table service. We didn't visit the bathrooms.