A Tex-Mex cantina to debut in Byron Bay

El Camino Cantina is set to open on Thursday, 25 April in the new retail, dining and entertainment precinct, Mercato on Byron.

A four-day launch weekend from Thursday, 25 April to Sunday, 28 April features all-day, $2 tacos and happy hour from 4 pm to 6 pm each day. El Camino Cantina will donate $1 from every full-price margarita sold over the launch weekend to the Byron Bay Community Benefit Fund, with the donation supporting the community Showers Project and the provision of hot showers and related services to the homeless.

Located on Level 1 of Mercato on Byron, El Camino Cantina has created 40 full-time and casual positions and has supported the local economy by engaging around 30 professionals and tradespeople on the project.

El Camino Cantina is Tex-Mex, which is short for Texan-Mexican and distinct from true Mexican cuisine. Humming with trademark, cool tunes and colourful sombreros, the eclectic cantina accommodates 250 diners, including 130 seated on a spacious balcony overlooking Jonson Street, where customers can enjoy Byron’s balmy ambience.

A fusion of urban chic and coastal cool, El Camino Cantina evokes a sense of playfulness. Walls are a visual feast of bright, custom-made artwork and bold rock posters by artist Ben Brown, colourful calavera and other quirky touches, which fuse with accents of rustic Mexican haciendas, including weathered wood and reclaimed timbers, earthy tones, and decorative tiles. Large-screen TVs play music videos and entertainment.

Signature dishes include a selection of soft-shell tacos stuffed with seven flavour combinations, including mushrooms with chipotle coleslaw, yoghurt and scallions, and beer-battered barramundi doused with green mango salsa and jalapeno aioli. All tacos can be upgraded to Cadillac versions with the addition of Mexican rice and refried beans on the side.

The quintessential Tex-Mex experience extends to the drink menu, which heroes El Camino Cantina’s signature, machine-blended margaritas. A new, limited-edition rita is unveiled each month. Beer lovers can cruise through a selection of Australian craft and flagship Mexican draught and bottled cervezas.

El Camino Cantina Byron Bay

Location: Level 1, 108-114 Jonson Street, Byron Bay