To celebrate the new opening of Los Vida’s Barangaroo location, we were lucky enough to be invited to sample some of their lunch menu and the Mexican cuisine on offer! The authentic origins of the food were passionately explained to us, and we couldn’t help but feel thoroughly excited to taste what was to come.
To get a proper sense of all the traditional Mexican fare available, we were provided with a real feast covering the traditional classics, as well as some exciting foods that we had never tried before. All of Los Vida’s dishes can be shared very easily, creating a strong communal environment, so bring a group of friends along!
My favourite was definitely the pork chilaquiles, a more traditional form of nachos which had tender and juicy pulled pork pieces, dark corn chips, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and a dash of cheese. The pork absolutely melted in your mouth and the spicy and tangy flavour of the meat was so appetising.
We were also very impressed with the tuna ceviche, which was so refreshing and light. The ceviche, which is traditionally prepared by curing raw fish with lemon and lime and spicing it with chilli peppers, had just the right amount of kick to it. It was served with dark corn chips as well, and the touch of avocado added the perfect neutral balance to the dish.
My friend personally loved the chicken quesadillas; it was his first time trying this dish, but the flavoursome chicken pieces won him over and the slight spiciness added just the right aftertaste to the meal! We also had gorditas, one of the gluten free options on the menu, which were a corn dough pastry filled with beef and served with a tangy sauce. These were very flavoursome, but difficult to eat, as the sauce drips down your hands, so be prepared to get slightly messy with this style of food.
Finally, we tried two tacos, the barramundi, which was perfectly battered and lightly spiced with jalepenos, and a pulled pork variety, which was the same delicious filling as the chilaquiles. The tortillas were so fresh and soft, and complemented the meatier contents very nicely.
The location is a little tricky to find, so be sure to use the King Street Wharf side entrance to the Building 2 eatery area. The area as a whole is quite pretty, and we enjoyed wandering through the new Barangaroo site to get to Los Vida, so make sure you leave some time for that!
Los Vida is located in The Canteen food court area with plenty of seating, both inside and out. As the Barangaroo site is quite new, there are no lunch hour crowds to brave, so it’s the perfect time to come and try it. We found all the staff so lovely and friendly, and very willing to have a chat about the different dishes available!
We can sum up our experience in one word: magnífico. Whether you’re searching for a quick lunch break in between work, or for a delicious and value filled cultural feast, make sure to stroll down to Barangaroo and sample Los Vida’s tasty delights!
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Los Vida and Cardinal Spin.