Melbourne 3000: Pacos Tacos

After polishing off half a bottle of wine with work colleagues I was pretty excited to eat what was described to me as “fresh cheap and delicious tacos.”

I headed off down to 500 Bourke St and up the stairs to level 1 to the Pacos Tacos establishment.

I arrive at what looks like a very trendy little beer garden wedged between high rise buildings. The furniture had plenty of character, which is more than I can say for the cashier.

In line with the fact that Australia ranks fourth in the list of the fattest country in the world, after America and Mexico, Melbournian’s newist craze seems to be unhealthy American diner cuisine. Burgers and chilli fries served in colourful plastic baskets are popping up everywhere at the moment from Brunswick to St Kilda.

At Paco Tacos, I was surprised that my nachos and tacos arrived in the classic American diner red oval basket. I had got the impression from friends that the tacos here were modern and fresh. The initial excitement I felt about coming here to eat fresh faded and was instantly replaced with the guilt of eating cheap fast food.

I am aware that all tacos are messy, but when I pay for them I expect them to be somewhat nicely presented on the plate (or oval basket). Luckily they tasted better than they looked. The Pescado was simply delicious. Next time I am craving fish and flavour, I will be ordering the Semolina Coated Fish, Chipotle Mayonnaise, Radish & Pickled Zucchini nestled in a soft flour tortilla.

The calamari taco was nice too, but the fish taco was far superior.

By the time I tried the sloppy looking nachos, which claim to be delicious in description; Tortilla Chips, Salsa Verde, Pico de Gallo, Chipotle, Cheddar, & Pepita Seeds, I had drank a few beers (one contained hot sauce) and they didn’t taste anything different to something I could prepare from an Old Ell Paso kit.

Overall I was somewhat comfortable in my surroundings, confused by the Spicy Beer I drank, delighted with my $6 fish taco, but wouldn’t bother with the nachos again. I recommend dining at this established if you’re young, hip and want a cheap taco.

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Top: Calamari Taco Bottom: Fish Taco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacos Tacos on Urbanspoon

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Small Nachos

 

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One comment

  1. Morguie

    I have to say that the arrangement in a basket is flashing neon “CHEAP CHEAP” but if it wasn’t bad enough with that floating around in my mind, it became a whirling stomach upon seeing the disgusting food presentation they wrought upon you! UGH! I
    could never actually engage in EATING that unappealing pile, even if it was actually tasty..merely due to the horrid mental thoughts the mess conjured…vomity in particular. Just don’t understand why people go into the food industry, hoping to wow the masses and become a pinnacle of success, with absolutely no idea that the first impression is the most lasting one, yet not putting the extra effort to ensure the product is one of quality. It’s no wonder so many never stay in business long…hard enough trying to turn a profit under normal circumstances. This food would be a deal-breaker for my ever considering a return visit. I do hope you were able to pass a gentle critique to the proprietor…maybe he has no idea his staff is putting out such a finished product. Give him a friendly heads up…he will be grateful, if he is serious about making a go of his place…

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