Subiaco is on a roll as of late, with new funky eateries and bars popping up on the regular for all your outting needs. First Bar Amelie, then Karen’s Diner, and now La Condesa – a modern Mexican restaurant that offers a chic dining experience with big authentic flavours.
Dubbed as the grown sister of long-standing La Cholita in Northbridge, restaurateur and chef Clint Nolan had an itching desire to share a summer in Tulum with the frequenters of Subiaco. And by working closely with architect and design brilliance, Kate Archibald; the pair have created a space where you’ll forget you’re anywhere near Subi.
The busy streets will seems like a distant memory once you step through La Condesa’s glowing red gate and into her homely courtyard. Inside the venue you’ll be treated to hues of warm browns, rusty reds, light pinks and deep blues.
While the decor sees uniquely handcrafted tables, real cactus nopales hung on the walls, Tulum-inspired raw timber battens filling the roof line, eclectic clay pots intricately placed throughout, and a glorious bar packed to the brim with over 160 bottles of tequila.
As far as the fare goes, you will be treated with an incredibly delicious menu that oozes with authenticity – from fresh small plates to an extensive selection of tacos, quesadillas, hearty bigger plates, sides and sweets. At a glance you can feast on:
- Charred local king prawns with chorizo butter, lime and coriander
- BBQ brisket quesadillas with jalapeno and queso sauce
- Sticky twice-cooked pork hock with agave and ancho tamarind caramel, lettuce cups and shaved fennel salad
- Fish collar with mole amarillo, watercress and shaved radish
The substantial menu also caters for those with gluten intolerance, who are dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian, so no one gets left behind! A few of La Condesa’s banging vegan options include:
- Chipotle pumpkin tostadas with babaganoush, coriander and dukkah
- Baked cauliflower taco with avocado, pickled cabbage and jalapeno salsa
- Miso eggplant taco with sesame tofu crema, cucumber slaw and pickled red onion
- Spiced hashbrowns with chipotle mayo
In term of drinks, cocktails are no stranger to La Condesa, as well as a menu that’s splashed with the usual suspects; a tidy vino list, Mexican beers, margarita-inspired mocktails and a damn good selection of premium tequila. On their unique cocktail list you will find mixes with the likes of:
- Caramel café old fashioned with coffee-infused blanco tequila, anejo tequila, salted caramel, and hellfire bitters
- Dragon fruit samba with balnco tequila, 1800 coconut, dragon fruit, passion fruit, lime, and agave
- Gringo flamingo with blanco tequila, mandarin liqueur, raspberry, lime, agave, and Davidson plum
Whisk yourself away over the summer season on a Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday from 5pm until 10pm, and on a Friday or Saturday from 5pm until 12am at La Condesa in Subiaco. See you there, amigo!
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