Sydney Food Diary: Contrabando, CBD

img_5726 [This review from September 2016; I ate at their new location in November 2018 and didn’t even realise it was the same restaurant!]

When the hostess lead us to our table, I was about to say to my husband, ‘Is it just me, or was that woman a b*tch?’ but before I could ask, he said what was on my mind. We’d arrived for a quick pre-concert dinner, and hey, granted, it was Friday night, busy in the City, and we didn’t have a reservation. But it did seem like someone had shit in her Cheerios that morning.

img_5725Still, even though we were in an ugly back corner of the restaurant, too close to some too-bright halogen lights, the service immediately improved. Over the evening, we had a number of nice young waitresses, friendly and efficient, though it was weird, I have to say, that with all of them in black, and their hair tied back in ponytails, I felt like I was in an episode of the Bachelor. Or America’s Next Top Model. About one-third of them were pretty Latinas, and the rest had a very similar look, blonde or bleach blonde hair tied back. I also thought we were in a Robert Palmer video, which was made before any of them were born.

In any case, the food was updated Mexican. Nachos, quesadillas, tacos… but with modern Australian ingredients: say, beef cheeks, or suckling pig. We had an amusing quesadilla with the flavours and ingredients of a cheeseburger. The portions were so generous that I had to take back an order for the tacos. My hubby particularly liked the twice-cooked sweet potato fries. He said how much he appreciated the menu, that everything looked appealing to order, a really good mix of what’s hip and cool with fun, Mexican food.

img_5728With a tasty drink each, and eating our fill, and with our entertainment coupon, I left $80 for the two of us, including a generous tip. Looking around, there was a great buzz. It’s obviously a perfect place to come after work for those who work in the City, and who are young (at least younger than us), and if you have an eye for pretty young women, you will be pleased with the waitresses. So: good food, reasonable prices, nice atmosphere, pretty good service. Just watch out for that hostess!

Contrabando Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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