Taquito, Carlton

MELBOURNE | Markov, and The Moor’s Head, were two venues that I loved visiting when they were in the spot that’s home to Taquito. Whenever new place replaces a favourite there’s trepidation as to whether or not it’ll be any good. Thankfully Taquito is very good.

It’s a Mexican taqueria co-owned by Alec Villarreal, who grew up in Mexico City before moving to Melbourne. The three distinct dining spaces of the old venues remain, offering different vibes in which to enjoy some of the tastiest Mexican food and drink in town.

The owner, chef Paul Clarke, cooks up a rotating selection of traditional and contemporary tacos using quality ingredients and tortillas made in house from scratch. The taco flight is a great option, and basically gets you four tacos for the price of three. I highly recommend the Baja fish taco, and the morcilla (blood sausage).

There’s also other things like birria, street corn, and rico pozole (braised pig’s head). It’s all very delicious, and the menu’s always changing to keep things interesting.

The drinks list is also excellent, there’s one of the city’s best mezcal and tequila ranges, including many hard to find drops, and the cocktails are great too. Taquito also has a take away license, so can grab a bottle to go.

I’ve not been to Mexico before, but I can tell you that the tacos here remind me of the ones at one of my favourite taco spots in Los Angeles, Guisados. And that’s saying something.


350 Drummond Street
Victoria 3053

Telephone: 0450 651 247
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Thu: 12:00pm to 11:30pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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