The Mexican cyclone that has gripped Melbourne recently has now settled into a satisfying array of eateries and bars that maintains our love affair with one of the world’s most popular food cultures.
Richmond is hotter than a habenero to an ever growing supply of outstanding, affordable, fun, edgy, hip, drink and dining considerations. So I was very interested to see how Tres bar stacks up to all the new competition. First impressions are so important, as is ambiance, product and customer service.
We weren’t disappointed by the dark, urbane and edgy bars' interiors. The cool lighting sets the tone with simple enticing messaging for some classic crowd pleasing cocktails. The 'make your own margarita' caught the attention of my friend from LA, so we ordered a round of jalapeño margaritas to get this fiesta started.
The menu, like the venue, is more about being amigos as opposed to being aficionados. With a listing of 5 crowd pleasing Cal-Mex style soft tacos (pork, chicken, beef, prawn, fish, veggie) paired with familiar Mexican flavours - (choose any 3 for $15. Great value indeed we thought!
Other dishes listed to share were debated as we kept the outstanding margaritas flowing. Corn chips and guacamole, beef nachos, jalapeño poppers, avocado salad, and ceviche tostaditas were great drinking partners to the warm, bubbly and attentive service.
We ordered, we drank, we laughed, we ordered! Soulful, simple and satisfying. The music? Fantastic, familiar and fun. We were transported to a very happy Hacienda. The portions are generous and the presentation communal. The flavours? Always friendly as opposed to feisty.
The wine list follows an excellent and appropriate path of new world and regional antipodeans. Outstanding value if you’re sharing with prices ranging from $38, $48, $54. Beers are great too, with your favourite cerveza and craft nicely represented for the bar of lively larrikins and locals enjoying the fun fiesta.
Desserts maintain the happy and homely vibe with a text book tres leche cake that brings our party to sweet and soulful finish.
It’s a great bar run by long distance Latin lovers who understand their boundaries and market perfectly. My advice to all chefs is to take a well earned break and more study of this ancient and mysterious food culture. There is an increasing availability of home grown Mexican staples and passionate Latin traders bursting onto our food scene to ensure your locals remain loyal in an ever evolving market.
What Wilson says - Make your own margarita and enjoy the fiesta!
When can we go -
Tuesday to Sunday: 4pm till late