Mexican flavours mix with southern comfort

REVIEW

By Shavonne Hansell

El Camino Cantina franchise has finally come to the Sunshine Coast and it’s no surprise locals and tourists have been raving about it since its opening last month.

Following is sister establishments, El Camino immerses patrons in the southern comfort of a Texan pub-style roadhouse and the lively feel of a Mexican fiesta. Rock band posters are arranged behind vibrant neon signs and the laid-back culture loved by many Australians shows itself in the artworks of psychedelic surf art lining the walls. The restaurant’s colour scheme is derived from Mexico’s vibrant orange, blue and red palette but come night-time, the outdoor sitting area is shrouded in a deep purple hue.

For $23, El Camino provides nachos topped with beef chili con carne (or without for vegetarians), pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole, sour cream and melted cheese. Each bowl can be shared between three people and leave each person feeling full. Think nachos on steroids, if you will.

If you’re feeling tacos, I recommend opting for the beer-battered barramundi. The fried fish is crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside and laid on a bed of red cabbage, pico de gallo, sour cream and coriander inside soft-flour tacos. You get one for $7 or any 3 for $20 with your choice of spiciness. Zesty wings for $18 come with a range of flavoursome dipping sauces or the char-grilled fajitas packed full of mouth-watering sautéed veggies, rice and your choice of meat for $30. Daily deals are offered on weekdays including $2 tacos on Tuesday, 10c wings on Wednesday and ½ price fajitas on Thursdays.

El Camino boasts a range of lime, mango, tropical and strawberry margaritas served in 400mL glasses or for those in a large group, a two-litre margarita tower that can be purchased for $60.

All this is guaranteed to give you that after-work buzz and an experience that will keep you coming back.

Location: 154-164 Horton Parade, Maroochydore (Sunshine Plaza)

http://www.elcaminocantina.com.au/location/sunshine-plaza/

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