[invite] Bianca: So what do you get when you blend Mexican and Korean cuisines? Vecino! I’ll forever have a soft spot for Mexican food but Korean is somewhat unchartered waters. I know Kimchee, bibimbap and bulgogi but fold those bold flavours in a taco or a quesadilla and I’m SOLD!
Vecino has been open for over a year and I had been ogling their fried chicken for some time. But it was really at the insistence of my boss and her love for the Coronaritas that I made it a point to visit.
Seeing as it was 10:40am, the hoosband and I were less about the mondo-fabulous drinks and all about the caffeine. Starting with a Soy Cappucino each.
While it was ‘breakfast’ time, owner Eunice was eager for us to try some of Vecinos main staples and we were more than happy to oblige, I’ve never met a taco I’ve said ‘Hasta luego’ to.
But first, a few non-alcoholic drinks.
I highly recommend the Watermelon Lemonade which got my tick of approval.
The Honey Cream Prawn Tacos (3) $19.50 were tasty, battered plump prawns, with a nice dose of citrus. My only feedback would be that perhaps the sour cream was a little heavy-handed, so much so it was a little overwhelming.
Kalbi Tacos -w/ Korean style honey marinated pork was the favourite of the two. Tender juicy pork pieces, playing well with the sweet/savoury flavours. Perhaps a touch too much sauce again here but the flavours were delicious.
Giving the arancini a run for its money, the Kimchi Fried Rice Mozzarella Balls. The texture was fabulous, super crispy on the outside, the rice on the inside well seasoned and fluffy. I quite enjoyed the hit of heat from the aioli.
And the showstopper! Crispy Boneless Tenderloin Chicken $33 + Rosemary, honey & garlic +$3. Ordinarily, it comes with chips, cabbage salad and pickled daikon but Eunice wanted to give us the best of both worlds and gave us extra chicken with the Chimichurri. The chicken was dangerously moreish, crispy and juicy. The rosemary, honey & garlic sauce is fairly intense so I’m really keen to return and try some of the other flavour combinations.
I’m already thinking about my next visit. I have my eyes on the Snow Tenderloin Chicken!
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of Vecino.