Cartel Del Taco – Opening Soon
Mexico City is coming to Hawthorne. Cartel Del Taco – a brand-new Mexican-inspired street taqueria opening on Hawthorne Road in November – will look to deliver as close to an authentic experience as one can get without boarding a plane. Childhood friends Marco Ramirez and Erick Martinez (formerly head chef at MAYA Mexican) are teaming up for the venture, which has been three years in the making. The duo is going to great lengths to create a true-to-life taqueria that evokes the tastes and dining experience of their home country. Marco and Erick have travelled to and from Mexico several times over the past few years, undertaking buying sprees that have seem them accumulate a shipping container’s worth of decorative pieces and cooking equipment for the venue. Everything from hand-made 1980s Mexican taqueria-style seating, art, plates and glasses to comales (specialty cookware typically used to make tortillas) and a Trompo spit grill has been imported for the concept, which is being built from scratch across the road from Hawthorne Garage in collaboration with ARCHINTERIORS and Shopfit Co. When built, Cartel Del Taco will boast space for 60 (spread across indoor and outdoor seating) and a warm white-and-red colour scheme. As for the fare, tacos will naturally take centre stage with ten tongue-tantalising options to choose from (five street style and five premium options), including the al pastor taco con todo (with everything) and the Gringa, which will boast Trompo-grilled meat topped with melted Oaxaca cheese, special home-made salsa and grilled pineapple. We’ve also been told to expect tequila and coconut sorbets, a killer selection of Mexican beers, and classic and original cocktails.