Beyond The Burrito! Explore Regional Mexican Cuisine At Gitano

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 4 June 2024
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Beyond The Burrito! Explore Regional Mexican Cuisine At Gitano

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 4 June 2024

Dinner and drinks with a south-of-the-border twist?

Double Bay’s dining scene has a new resident, and it promises to be more than just a new restaurant. Gitano, a recently opened establishment on Cross Street, offers a portal to the heart of Mexico, with a focus on regional specialties, vibrant flavours, and a festive atmosphere that lingers long after the last bite.

Forget the stereotypical Tex-Mex fare often associated with Mexican food. Led by Head Chef Alvaro “Clark” Valenzuela, formerly of Potts Point’s acclaimed Chula, Gitano’s menu takes a sophisticated approach, showcasing the rich vibrancies of Mexican cuisine. Dishes draw inspiration from the unique culinary traditions of Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, and the Yucatán Peninsula, all prepared with an emphasis on authenticity and fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Chef Valenzuela’s passion for his heritage is evident throughout the menu. Slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, a dish traditionally prepared in a pit using underground heat, is reimagined on Gitano’s menu, offering a taste of the time-honoured techniques that underpin Mexican cuisine. The free-range pollo con mole, a dish featuring chicken bathed in a complex and flavorful mole sauce, is another testament to this dedication to tradition.

For seafood enthusiasts, there’s an enticing selection of crudos, featuring kingfish ceviche with its bright and citrusy flavours, scallop aguachile with its refreshing zing, and even a wagyu tartare.

Gitano Cocktail Making

Then, venture beyond the raw offerings and delve into the heart of the menu – the tacos. Here, Chef Valenzuela lets his creativity shine. Diners can explore the rich, saucy birria tacos featuring slow-cooked grass-fed beef, or savour the lighter and crispier baja fish tacos with corn masa-battered snapper.

For those seeking a more substantial plate, Gitano offers a selection of larger dishes perfect for sharing. Think zucchini flower quesadillas, a delightful vegetarian option, or a mix of grass-fed steak cuts cooked to your liking. Don’t miss the signature pollo con mole, where the rich and complex sauce takes centre stage, or the succulent lamb barbacoa served with warm tortillas, inviting you to create your own mini masterpieces.

And no Mexican meal is complete without a touch of sweetness. Gitano’s dessert menu offers a delightful conclusion to your exploration of Mexican flavours. Churros with salted caramel ice cream provide a familiar indulgence, while the more adventurous can explore the ancho chilli burnt Basque cheesecake with chocolate mousse – a unique and sophisticated end to your dining experience.

The restaurant also boasts a stylish and spacious lounge bar, perfect for extending your evening after a delicious meal. Here, the focus shifts to agave spirits, with a thoughtfully curated cocktail menu featuring inventive twists on the classic margarita alongside other signature creations. A stripped-down version of a Tommy’s Margarita lets the quality of the tequila shine through, as well as more adventurous concoctions featuring smoky mezcal and fresh seasonal fruits. The expert bartenders are happy to guide you through the menu and create the perfect drink to complement your chosen dishes.

Gitano Interior

Music plays a key role in the Gitano experience. A soundtrack of Latin and Afro-house music sets the mood, creating a lively yet sophisticated ambience. Think upbeat rhythms that invite conversation and linger in the background, adding a touch of festive energy without overwhelming the dining experience. For those seeking a truly special night out, VIP bottle service is also available, complete with dedicated wait staff and prime seating in the lounge area.

This exciting addition to Double Bay’s culinary scene promises a delicious journey through the diverse flavours of Mexico, all served up in a stylish and inviting atmosphere.

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