MELBOURNE | I recently visited North Melbourne Mexican restaurant El Sabor for What’s On Melbourne. It’s been around since 2013, with current owners Caesar Duran and Javier Calzada owning it since 2016.
Cesar and Javier hail from Mexico City, and were making tortillas in Melbourne when the opportunity to purchase the restaurant arose. They started their tortilla business as a result of not being able to find proper tortillas like they could back home, so expanding to a restaurant of their own, where they could sell the food that they grew up with an enjoyed, made sense.
It’s a small, restaurant, with a cosy local’s vibe and colourful décor. A long bar with stools on one side, booths on the other, and some outdoor tables. On the menu, you’ll find an assortment of favourites, using fresh local ingredients, and imported Mexican products where a suitable local equivalent isn’t available.
There favourites like tacos, burritos, and corn chips with dips, as well as things like slow cooked pork carnitas, beef sopes, flautas, and rich mole covered enchiladas. To drink, it’s Mexican and Australian beers, local wines, and a decent selection of tequila and mezcal. The classic margarita is a great option on the cocktail list, as is the mango twist on it.
500 Victoria Street
Mon – Fri: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Sat – Sun: 12:00pm to 9:00pm