Mexican Society at 140 Gouger St, Adelaide (in Chinatown) is a busy and popular Mexcican/Asian fusion restaurant and we decided to meet some friends there for a girls Friday fun night out. The girls from Tempting Palates arrived a little too early which was not a problem as we were seated at the bar and able to drink cocktails while we waited for the others.
Our cocktail of choice was the Silk Pinata which had vanilla vodka, tequila, pineapple flavoured ginger, a hint of chilli and cilantro. Ay caramba! This cocktail certainly has kick and the chilli spiced us up ready for a fun night!
The decor of Mexican Society is colourful and fun. With its shades of green and red on the walls as well as on the furniture it gives you the vibrancy of a Mexican restaurant. We were seated in a cosy and intimate table away from the main seating area where you have the long sharing table. No matter where you are seated, there is a good vibe and ambience in the room.
After deliberating for a while if we should do a shared menu option (which looked amazing and good value for money), we decided on each getting our own dishes. Everything on the menu looked intriguing and exciting to try. With choices of soft flour tortillas tacos, salads, tacos dorados (Mexcian style spring rolls) and starters like nachos, ribs and so much more it was hard to decide what to order as it all sounded so delicious!
Most of us ordered the Taco Lobster Alambre which consisted of a flour tortilla with grilled Australian lobster, roasted capsicum, red onion, bacon, sundried tomatoes & green habanero-mayo. Half of the group liked it while others found it a bit bland. Although the lobster was well cooked, the Asian flavours helped enhance the taste. The capsicum and red onion gave it a refreshing aspect but some in the group where hoping for a wow factor that wasn't there.
The Chicken Tacos Dorados is a fried tortilla that looks like a spring roll and it was delicious. I mean who doesn't love a spring roll, right? This "spring roll" consisted of smoked chicken, cilantro, queso, pickled jalapeno and caramelised red onion with guacamole and crema. All the ingredients and flavours worked well together. The pickled jalapenos weren't as hot as we expected but that didn't dampen the taste.
Ribs are one of our favourites and these Beef Short Ribs reached every corner of our palates. The meat simply fell off the bone while the chipotle, soy and cardamon sauce was so tasty it had us licking our fingers. The green apple salad was a nice touch adding a bit of sweetness to the dish.
One of the girls ordered the Pescado del Dia which is a whole barramundi with beetroot-morita puree, shaved apple, fennel salad with rocket and a mango-rosemary salsa. It had a lovely crispy skin while the perfectly cooked body of the fish easily came off the bone. The hoison sauce enhanced the flavours of the fish while the fennel complimented the salad well.
We loved the name of this chicken dish - Mister Lee & Jose! It's a boneless chicken thigh seasoned with sesame and chillies on a carrot orange puree, pickled cabbage, spinach, cherry tomato and Jamaica habaero honey salsa. The chicken was cooked perfectly while the flavours were an interesting combination with a fruity and spicy mix. It was a delicious dish and all the flavours worked so well together you couldn't help but want more.
To finish off we had to have dessert. The Traditional Churros came tossed in sugar and cinnamon served with Mexican chocolate and Cajeta sauces. Cajeta sauce is a Mexican confection of thickened syrup usually made of sweetened caramelised goat's milk. While we can't be sure if it was made from goats milk, it was nice to dip the churros in it none the less. The Mexican chocolate sauce had very distinct flavours and had hints of spicy which was a nice touch. Unfortunately the churros were a bit too hard and thin for our liking but this was just a personal preference.
The Mordisko de Churro is a churro ice cream sandwich and served with Cajeta ice cream which is caramel milk with toasted almonds and vanilla ice cream. These churros were served in a crispy donut style shape. The ice cream had a lovely caramel flavour and mixed well with the strawberry sauce. This was the winner dessert!
Our experience at Mexican Society was exactly like the decor - fun and colourful. One of our waiting staff had a mesmerising Spanish accent which added to the ambience and gave us an entertaining way of hearing the menu explained to us. It was a night filled with laughter, good food and good service. Mexican Society definitely ticked all the boxes. Bookings are essential especially for Friday/Saturday nights.
Where: Mexican Society 140 Gouger St, Adelaide (in Chinatown)
Open: Wed 5:30pm -10.00pm, Thurs/Fri 12.00pm - 10.00pm, Sat 5.30pm - 10.00pm & Sun 12.00pm - 10.00pm