La Patrona Mexican Cuisine
The few years have been massive for Brisbane-based fans of Mexican cuisine, with eateries like Baja and Mama Taco fostering an appreciation for the diversity of Mexican cuisine. La Patrona is a restaurant that shines a spotlight on the fare origination from central Mexico – the Bajio region. Owner Rebeca Flores has lived in New Farm and Teneriffe since emigrating from Mexico in 2000, and has long believed that the area (and Brisbane at large) needed more traditional Mexican eateries. After a number of years searching for a suitable home, Rebeca jumped on the chance to take on the former home of Sourced on Florence Street, refurbishing the kitchen and interior to suit her vision of an informal family-friendly venue. With a capacity of roughly 80 patrons, Rebeca is catering to guests in a restaurant-style setting, rather than a bar. The food itself is inspired by Rebecca’s home region of Bajio – a state known for its flavoursome cuisine of slow-cooked dishes, soups and incredible marinades. Head chef Ariel Becerra (who also hails from the Baijo region) has formulated a menu that draws influence from Mexico’s indigenous and Spanish eras. Think traditional enchiladas, moles, soups and al pastor-style tacos, bolstered by a selection of Mexican beers, Mexican wines, tequila-based cocktails and more.