News that devastated southern Adelaide, particularly Flinders Uni students (from what I hear) was the same news that made my stomach sing. Lucky Lupitas was coming to my end of town, albeit, for a limited time only. I’d heard of this place time and time again, so when those mexican delights were dangled in my reach, we hot footed our way there.
Their temporary restaurant is on O’Connell street, but as soon as you walk through that door you could not be taken further away. They’ve gone for the warehouse feel and have nailed it. From the high beamed ceiling, to the ply wood tables and benches, right down to the copious stocks of tomatoes, tequila and beer on the restaurant floor. It was a very different look and vibe from any other place I had been on O’Connell and I loved it.
Recently I saw a movie that immediately became my all-time favourite. It’s called Chef, and it was the most upbeat, feel good, food porn frenzy of a movie I have ever seen. It’s filled with a build up and background of cuban music that just makes you want to move. It was also filled with food. So much food. Two days later I walked into Lucky Lupitas and they were playing tunes so similar that I didn’t stand a chance, I was smitten. All the feelings that incredible film gave me transferred to this restaurant that I had been waiting for.
The Elote (grilled corn on the cob) was hands down the best damn corn I have ever had. All warm and grilled to perfection, covered in cheese, maaaaaan. I took one bite and pretty sure I blacked out for a second, because all of a sudden it was all gone. If we hadn’t already ordered a stack of other food I would have asked for more.
We then went for the taco de pollo (slow cooked chicken and slaw) and taco de carne (braised beef). These we shared, but I liked the beef better and Paul preferred the chicken, so it ended up more of a 70-30 split for each. Which by the way, is a really difficult split to do when you’ve been handing back and forth packed to the brim, juicy tacos. If anyone knows of a “clean” way to eat tacos, could you please let me know? Because I ended up with a fallen apart taco all over my plate/the table, and my hands covered in juices (yes, I read that sentence, and yes, I’m sticking by it because I can’t think of another way to describe it).
|taco de pollo|
|taco de carne|
I had heard of many a great burger here, which was intriguing. It made me wonder what a mexican burger tastes like? I was expecting a tex mex kind of thing with maybe corn chips and guac or something on there, like when you order a mexican schnitzel, but this burger had a bit of chilli powder, a bit of cumin, and a whole lot of something else that I couldn’t be more specific about. It was really tasty, but not my kind of personal taste. Whatever, it was half a burger and you know damn well I ate my whole half.
Last but certainly not least was the quesadilla de hongo y frijoles. That’s basically a mushroom quesadilla for those of you playing at home. Unluckily for us, it was the last thing to come out so I was absolutely stuffed by the time we got to it. I ate it, obviously, but it was a bit of a struggle. Mushrooms are kind of a new thing for me, I’ve only introduced them to my stomach in the last 6 months or so. Just one of those things that as a kid I hated and never gave them another go… but I’m glad I changed my tune. Like everything else that Lucky Lupitas provided, the quesadilla was so full of flavour! Every bite you could taste everything together and everything individually too. The jalapenos in it proved a little much for me, my mouth was on fire, but like a superstar I pushed through. 10/10 would eat again.
Aside from the food, the service was stellar. Our waiter seemed genuinely happy to have a chat with us, and all the staff were attentive. To top it all off, it was incredibly priced. We had all food mentioned, plus some rice and a drink each for $62. For me, it without doubt lived up to the hype.