El Camino Cantina is making its foray in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs
Bringing its legendary Tex-Mex, frozen margaritas and sombrero-splashed party vibe to the Entertainment Quarter on Friday, 4 October at 11am, the eclectic, 220-seat cantina is located on the precinct’s Upper Bent Street (diagonally opposite Fratelli Fresh) and is ablaze with neon lights and signage, including a festively lit, 130-seat al fresco area at the entrance and around the exterior.
El Camino Cantina offers a value-packed, crowd-pleasing menu and versatile destination, which is perfect for pre- or post-event dining. The much-anticipated launch coincides with the Big Top performances of Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities in the Entertainment Quarter Showring.
Humming with trademark cool tunes that span rock n’ roll, alternative, pop, dance, rap and RnB beats, El Camino Cantina has a cool vibe and turbocharged atmosphere. Unashamedly Tex-Mex (short for Texan-Mexican cuisine and distinct from authentic Mexican), El Camino Cantina’s menu includes house-made tortillas and complimentary, bottomless chips and vibrant salsas, which are served from restored Ford and Chevy trunks and are available all day.
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 jalapeño aioli.
Nachos are served with chilli con carne or vegetarian chilli, and a loaded version is topped with melted cheese, black beans, chilli con carne, smoked BBQ brisket, pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. Sizzling fajitas come with a choice of five fillings, including spiced adobo chicken, confit portobello, and six-hour, slow-braised, hickory-smoked BBQ brisket.
A trio of big-hitting burritos are stuffed with chipotle chicken, brisket and queso, or black bean and vegetables. A naked burrito, served in a lettuce-leaf bowl, bursts with ingredients, including avocado, salsa fresca, red cabbage, beans and corn.
An all-occasion destination, El Camino Cantina’s daily deals include happy hour every weekday from 4pm to 6pm, $2 taco Tuesdays, 10-cent buffalo wings every Wednesday and half-price fajitas on Thursdays.
The quintessential Tex-Mex experience extends to the drinks menu, which heroes El Camino Cantina’s signature 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, and over 100 tequilas and mezcals are available. Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said the Entertainment Quarter was a prime location to launch Sydney’s fourth Tex-Mex restaurant and bar. Sydney locations already include The Rocks, Manly and Westfield Miranda.
“The Eastern Suburbs will soon be home to a fun, affordable and unrivalled Tex-Mex experience,” Mr Pash said. “The precinct is a tried and tested location for us, with our Fratelli Fresh and The Bavarian restaurants proving to be huge drawcards for families and groups of diners attending sporting games, concerts, the cinema and other activations around the complex.”
“We take a no holds barred approach to all things Tex-Mex: from the food and drinks, to the fit-out, and the music and we’re inviting all of our Eastern Suburbs fans to come and join us as we head in to summer.”
El Camino Cantina features all the hallmarks of Texan meets Mexican interior design, including the signature, funky touches of Tex-Mex flair that adorn its sister restaurants in The Rocks, Manly and Miranda. Walls are a visual feast of neon signage, bright artwork, bold rock posters and colourful calavera, which mix with accents of rustic Mexican haciendas, including weathered wood and reclaimed timbers, rustic recycled bricks and breeze blocks, decorative tiles and ornamental touches.
The venue is flooded with festive lighting, feature walls and custom-designed artwork by Australian punk music and surf art icon Ben Brown, including a whole-of-wall piece featuring a Day of the Dead-style mariachi band.
Seating is a mix of El Camino Cantina’s signature, colourful, group-sized, high-topped tables and stools, as well as smaller seating arrangements and private booths – perfect for pairs of diners, small groups and large parties.
Rockpool Dining Group has created 45 full-time and casual positions at El Camino Cantina Entertainment Quarter and has supported the local economy by engaging around 50 professionals and tradespeople on the project.
El Camino Cantina : opens Friday, 4 October
Upper Bent Street, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney, 2021