What better way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo than by feasting on an all-Mexican menu at Sydney favourite: Three Blue Ducks Restaurant, Bronte.
The eastern suburbs establishment welcomed us for a tasting — featuring everything from Grilled Octopus Ceviche to spicy Jalapeño Margaritas, curated by Owner Mark Labrooy, Head chef Lauren, and Sous chef Carlos.
Usually a food lover’s Modern-Australian eatery, it was transformed into a festive Mexican themed bodega-style dinner party — complete with waitstaff dressed in bright colours, flowers on the table by candlelight, and oversized sombreros draped on painted walls.
In the spirit of Mexican victory, we started with trying each of the starter dishes, including the most game-changing (and incidentally very pretty) guacamole and corn I’ve ever had. Other starter standouts included the Mahi Mahi Ceviche, infused with raspberry and lime juices, topped with coriander, and jalapeño mayo — and the Queso Fundido: baked cheese, with chorizo and mushrooms (gluten-free).
For mains, the six of us each ordered a different dish, which made for an intimate revolving-plate kind of exercise. Banana wrapped barramundi, quesadillas, assorted deconstructed tacos, and Carne Asada covered our table. Having tasted a little of everything, the Lamb Barbacoa (for two) was our group favourite. This dish achieved the perfect kind of smoky, tender, fall-off-the-bone balance— matched with soft corn tortillas, and mexican rice.
To top it all off, the Mexican cocktail list complemented all of our food superbly. We sampled a classic Tommy’s Margarita (containing a healthy dose of Mezcal for a weeknight), as well the Rhubarb Paloma – a pleasant mix of sweet and sour. We were very easily talked into squeezing in dessert: Churros with chilli chocolate, and Tres Leche Cake to have, and eat too.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of checking out Three Blue Ducks, the restaurant prides itself on ethical and sustainable dining. You can expect fresh and authentic food, a relaxed yet sophisticated dining experience, within a venue that’s stylish and understated.
The About page of their website reads, “All we’ve ever wanted is to cook with good mates, enjoy nature, and put a smile on people’s faces.” The chefs at Three Blue Ducks managed this with great success. For just one week, they aren’t serving their usual lunch and dinner menus. Try out the mex-cellent Mexican Week banquet at Three Blue Ducks while you still can.
Jill is a Sydney-based journalist that takes life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime, and a shot of tequila. Follow her on Instagram.
Mexican Week at Three Blue Ducks Bronte runs from Monday 30 April to Sunday 6 May. For more info, visit the Three Blue Ducks Website.
Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of The Cru Media.
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