Hispanic Mechanic – Adelaide Latin American Cuisine

Located near Adelaide’s downtown core, Hispanic Mechanic is a Mexican restaurant, although some are calling it Latin American cuisine, with a twist. That twist is a touch of Korean fusion, yes Korean. And it works quite nicely too.

Hispanic Mechanic

The restaurant opened about a year ago. The owners were forced to move a former business from another part of Adelaide because of a construction project. Hispanic Mechanic seems to have made quite an impression on the city in a short period of time.

The first thing you notice when you enter the restaurant is the huge terrace eating area. Inside, there is a big bar area with stool seating and a good sized eating area. The restaurant is open and airy with a very colourful décor.

The Outside Terrace Hispanic Mechanic
Seating on the Terrace Hispanic Mechanic
Interior Decor Hispanic Mechanic

The family I was staying with in Adelaide and I went relatively early, about 5:30 on a Sunday night, but the restaurant filled up quickly. Our party of five sat at a long bench which was reserved for us and another party. It didn’t dampen our spirits that we weren’t at our own table. It added to the atmosphere especially since the other party was celebrating a birthday. There was enough room between both parties for privacy too.

I must say when I looked at the menu, nothing really caught my eye. I found that restaurants in Australia use so many adjectives to describe what they serve that it’s hard to really know what it actually is.

I opted to join three others for the $A39.00 shared banquet option. The shared banquet requires a minimum of four diners. It came with three appetisers, four mains and two desserts. There’s a £A49.00 option as well which included five appetisers, four mains and two desserts. You get a little taste of everything. It may not seem like much to eat, but by mid-meal, I was already filling up.

Sharing Menus - Hispanic Mechanic
Sharing Menus Hispanic Mechanic

The banquet was a great choice. Every item was delicious especially the Beef Short Ribs. They were slow cooked with chipotle gochujang sauce and came with picked cabbage and rice. The beef fell right off the bone. The hint of Korean fusion made it extremely tasty. I must admit I wanted more.

Ensalada Ceasar Hispanic Mechanic
Appetizers Hispanic Mechanic
Elote, Master Kim's 5 Star Wings, Ceviche Tostaditos

The two desserts, the Tres Leches, a traditional sponge three milk cake with caramelised bananas, and the Corn Cake, a Venezuelan flourless corn cake with dulce de leche caramel and whipped cream, were also delicious.

Tres Leches Hispanic Mechanic

The banquet is a great idea for people who live in Adelaide to try out several menu choices. When they return to Hispanic Mechanic in the future they can order their favourite individual dishes.

It was a great night: the food, the drink, the attentive wait staff and the company of my friends. My friends enjoyed it also. I know they’ll be going back.

James Cowling
James Cowling

James Cowling is a freelance journalist. He was brought up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived in London, UK, for 20 years. He worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation during the election that brought Nelson Mandela to power in 1994. James came to London shortly after that and has worked for the CBC, NBC and CNBC. He also worked for NBC Radio where he covered the Hong Kong Handover in 1997, the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 and the Bosnian elections in 1998. James worked for press operations for the last two Olympic Winter Games covering figure skating and short track speed skating and at the last Olympic Games in London, he covered gymnastics. Since 2013, he has been freelancing for BBC World Service radio where he previously worked full time for seven years.

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