It’s no secret I love brunch, and I love Mexican food. So when the two of those combined and resulted in El Publico expanding into weekend brunch – well I was pretty quick to get down there on the opening weekend to check it out with my best friend Carly.
I love El Pubs (it’s actually Jeremy’s favourite joint to eat at) but nighttime isn’t exactly camera friendly there so I was happy for a bit of bright sunny light to join us on our eating adventure.
To kick things off we each ordered a cheeky tipple to enjoy with our meal. For Carly, a mimosa ($8.00) was the ideal choice – a bit of bubbles and sweetness to cut through what was bound to be a spicy meal ahead of us. However I decided on a Good Morning Maria, an alternative to a bloody Mary.
Hot damn, it was spicy. Perhaps a bit too much heat for me (it burned a little going down the hatch) it was definitely something that would put hair on your chest. I think I tend to favour a traditional bloody Mary a bit more, but I can imagine some would really get down with this.
Carly’s breakfast of chorizo scrambled eggs, tortilla, black beans and pico de gallo ($16.00) were a vibrant dish, though she felt it was a bit too heavy for her liking.
However despite that, it was a tasty dish – quite a chilli kick – and the black beans with queso were a highlight. So salty, smooth and perfect to smear over the housemade tortillas.
I ordered the chilaquiles ($16.00) which was almost like a breakfast nachos bowl. Corn tortillas chips, green tomatillo salsa, queso, onion, crema and avocado. Yum!
I did find the dish a touch sloppy as I neared the bottom, but loved the taste. The tomatillo sauce was really punchy, and brought the other milder ingredients together. It had crunch, creaminess and yes once again some kick from the chilli. A great introduction to the brunch offering.
Because we both love a bit of savoury and sweet at breakfast time we finished our meal with a serve of the churros with cinnamon sugar, cafe de olia and pecan praline ($13.00). We were also given a delicious cold brew coffee with cinnamon and other spices. While I don’t normally drink coffee, I was pretty happy sipping away at this concoction and wouldn’t hesitate ordering it again.
When it comes to churros, it’s serious business for Carly and I. They’re totally our jam. These ones were textbook execution, but really needed way more cinnamon sugar for my tastes. The coffee dipping sauce was a bit too lacklustre too, which took away from the crispy doughnuts. I think a rich chocolate sauce instead would have been perfection!
All in all, a solid start to El Publico’s brunch launch. I’m excited to see another strong contender in the breakfast game for Mount Lawley, it helps the suburb go from strength to strength as a dining destination. And because I stole a sneaky bite of the fruit salad with chia from my friend who was also eating there that morning I know I’ll be back because that was just plain crazy. Agave soaked watermelon? Hell yes.