08 Jan Park it at Cantina Mobil Bar & Garage
There’s a new amigo on Glebe Point Road,
with one of the Sydney food trucks putting down (more) roots in a bricks and mortar outlet.
Cantina Mobil, a food truck known for its travelling tacos, has opened a second shopfront in Glebe (its first is in Darlinghurst).
|The bar at Cantina Mobil Bar & Garage, Glebe Point Road, Glebe|
On a strip that seems to be seeing lots of change, Cantina Mobil Bar & Garage is a fun and colourful addition marking the third Mexican offering within a few blocks of Glebe’s main road.
But with Cantina Mobil’s reputation, vibrant renovation and a dedicated bar housed in a truck-like structure, it’s injecting a lively, devil-may-care, and potentially rambunctious, spirit to the neighbourhood.
|Cantina Mobil Bar & Garage store front|
The multi-functional space is so named as it features a front bar as part of the restaurant and has a garage, or parking space, for the Cantina Mobil food truck on its days off and after hours, out the back just behind the outdoor dining area.
|Colourful wall murals|
At the launch night a few weeks back, a Monday night started appropriately with frozen margaritas from the ‘van’ bar, hosting a good hit of tequila, fresh lemon zing and a liberal salt rim.
|Upstairs dining space|
While there’s a small upstairs dining area in addition to the shopfront tables, the partying happens out in what’s essentially the backyard.
Through a narrow but brightly decorated corridor, pass the stainless steel brightness of the kitchen before reaching the backyard, which has the carefree feel of a friendly backyard get-together.
|Nachos and tacos|
The menu is short and sharp at Cantina Mobil Bar & Kitchen, probably mirroring that of the food truck for consistency and stock management reasons.
But with the favourites in tacos – soft or hard shelled, burritos and nachos all making an appearance, the menu’s brevity isn’t too much of an issue.
|Hot chilli sauces|
There are a few hot chilli sauces that seem to be the Mexican standard around Sydney now, all available on request at Cantina Mobil Bar & Garage, although I rarely feel the need for them with fairly straightforward taco combinations.
|Chipotle beef taco|
We started with soft flour tortilla tacos filled with slow cooked, softly pulled chipotle beef; a welcome change from the porcine pulled meat version.
Shredded iceberg lettuce, corn kernels and guacamole filled the taco alongside the beef which was spiced with adobo chilli sauce, while queso cheese and a vivid chipotle mayonnaise topped off the taco, served singularly in a serviette lined plastic basket.
The Cantina-style nachos on offer also featured the chipotle beef as a filling, with lashings of sour cream, chipotle mayonnaise and guacamole obscuring the pinto bean mix and tomato salsa.
While I don’t have anything against supermarket corn chips as such, the superior quality crunch and natural flavour of the round ones served by Cantina Mobil make them even more addictive to snack on continuously.
|Pinto bean taco|
The vegetarian pinto bean taco had most the same fillings as the earlier beef taco, with tomato-stewed beans in place of the meat and just as much fun and flavour.
As a launch party treat, along with the margaritas, there was a great big punch bowl of sangria; an unexpectedly drier version than I’ve ever tried or made, and better for it
There was fruit aplenty in the sangria, and perhaps a touch of dry sherry making the difference that lemonade never will.
|Tequila shots and sangrita shooters|
The night ended, as nights out with friends do, with tequila shots and fabuloussangrita chasers of tomato juice and lots of other healthy ingredients that quell the potent taste of tequila.
Locals and diners won’t be going to Cantina Mobil Bar & Garage for an authentic and gourmet taste of Mexico – they’ll be flocking there for a place to park themselves while having simple and filling Mexican food and drinks, and Mexican good times.