Melbourne's favourite tacos have come to Brisbane | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Melbourne's favourite tacos have come to Brisbane

We hope you’ve been brushing up on your Spanish (or your tequila competencies, at the very least), because Melbourne’s favourite Mexican cantina has a brand new sister venue in Brisbane. After scrolling through Instagram photos jealously from afar, we’re ready to celebrate (re: eat heaps of tacos) at the arrival of Chingon Cantina y Taqueria in the CBD’s Eagle Lane. And it’s not simply a happy coincidence that post-taco drinks are available at Chingon’s next door neighbour, Brooklyn Standard (though it does make us very, very happy), the bar’s owners and operators are part of the team that made the move to bring the Chingon experience to Brisbane, working with the team in Melbourne to fill a taco-shaped hole in Eagle Lane. chingon-mexican-brisbane-2We know what you’re thinking, and no, you don’t have to pronounce the name correctly for the right to buy tacos. All you need to know is that Chingon stands for badass, and badass it most certainly is. The grungy attitude strikes like a shot of tequila as soon as you step through the door. From bar tables bordered by day-of-the-dead statuettes to the gun-slingin’ mural rocking the main wall, it’s not only acceptable to sit and smoulder somewhere over a boutique tequila – it’s encouraged. But the badass vibes doesn’t stop at the decor. Behind the bar, Chingon’s chefs whipp up hand crafted tacos topped in house made ingredients. With char-grilled meats like achiote pork, steak, and charcoal chicken topped with mouth-punching salsas, feta, fresh lime and roasted corn, you may ask the question of whether the tequila actually did knock you out and somehow whisk you away to Mexico. chingon-3And yes, Brooklyn Standard is next door for your boozy post (or pre) taco wishes, but Chingon manages to hold its own on the bar front, serving up Mexican beers, hardcore margaritas, and fruity-yet-dangerous carafes of sangria. Trust us, you’ll be through three glasses before you come up for air. We feel inclined to warn you about the El Diablo cocktail, a mix of Olmeca Altos Plata, crème de cassis, fresh lime juice and ginger beer, but we’re not here to wrap up your Friday night. For a cool, intimate setting harbouring no pretences – just good, wholesome Mexican flavours – check out Chingon on Eagle Lane, open 7 days a week until late. Words by Samantha Chariton  Images by Dustin Van Zyl