Touche HombreNovember 20, 2012
This little donkey was sitting on the bench when we arrived; he’s become a sort of unofficial mascot for the restaurant for me.
Touche Hombre, the ridiculously cool, ever popular Mexican joint owned by the ridiculously-young-to-own-three-restaurants Davis Yu. What can I say, the guy knows what Melbourne wants, and he is all too pleased to give it to them. Touche Hombre opened right in the midst of the Mexican wave (haha) that hit Melbourne about 18 months ago, offering quick, cheap and delicious street style food with a killer cocktail list and an awesome soundtrack.
I mentioned the drinks list – the margaritas from Touche Hombre are pretty dam delicious, but we were feeling adventurous so ordered three Michelada Bitchin’ Mexican beer cocktails – a salsa and chipotle puree, fresh lime and a chilli salt rim, topped with Tecate lager. It was blokey and spicy and an absolute champion of a cocktail, but if you’re usually one to order sweet, sugary cocktails I’ll warn you this probably isn’t the drink for you.
Eating a Touche is a very casual affair – cutlery comes canteen style in boxes on the table, and all food is served on metal trays with paper lining (plates only provided upon request). Mostly finger food, it’s excellent washed down with some beers or cocktails (or a mix of the two, as the case may be!)
Because every Mexican place seems to be doing their own version of Elotes Callejeros, we had to try Touche’s version, served with coriander, lime zest and chipotle butter. They weren’t bad, but I probably wouldn’t order them again – they somewhat pale in significance to the cheesy, spicy glory of the corn served at Mamasita.
A dish that I thought Touche did really well was the Totopos (basically glorified nachos), with tortilla chips, guacamole, egmont cheese, sour cream and salsa. It was the prettiest bowl of nachos I’ve ever seen, and perfect for sharing with our drinks. It’s also a pleasantly big serve and more than enough for four people to share.
Then we ate a lot, and I mean A LOT, of tacos! We chose a good variety of fillings, but annoyingly they ALL came with shredded cabbage on top – variety, people!!
My favourite were the tacos de pescado, battered day-boat fish (most ambiguous and strange way to say ‘fresh market fish’ ever) with pickled cucumber, capers, shallots (and cabbage and tomato). Light, fresh and tangy, these were a winner.
The rather unusual tacos de morcilla weren’t bad, filled with black pudding, piquillo peppers, baby potato and mustard cream (and cabbage and tomato). The black pudding wasn’t very strong and I though the flavours were balanced overall but if anything a little underwhelming – I was expecting more of a gutsy flavour. That said, it’s a good one to try if you’re in the mood for an unusual but harmless taco filling.
We also tried the tacos the carnitas, spiced pork, apple, sage, chicharroues and habanero cream (and, of course, cabbage) – I only had a bite of this but S and T reported very favourably on them – the apple was somewhat reminiscent of a traditional pork roast.
Lastly, another unorthodox filling of oxtail and caramelised pumpkin served in a hard shell tortilla (also served with cabbage). I loved the filling of these – super meaty oxtail shreds married well with sweet pieces of pumpkin, but I found the hard tortilla too oily.
A little bit about the interior design – there’s always a DJ working the decks (though I have to say I got a bit sick of the loud music about two hours in – this is not a place to come for intimate chats, everyone seemed to be yelling at each other across tables), there are old school arcade games lining one wall and a neon ghostbusters sign greeting you as you walk in. The room is long and dark, and the bar is something of a feature, with hundreds of bottles of tequila all lit up.
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