|Corn on the cob with aioli and cheese|
In line with the motto on the wall the food is homestyle and rustic. Grilled corn on the cob ($3.50) is served street snack style on a stick. Half a cob is rolled in finely grated queso fresco (cheese), brushed with chipolote aioli and squeezed with lime. Charred black from the grill and super sweet these beauties are so simple yet so bloody good.
|Your house, my house|
In keeping with Melbourne’s obsession with all things quinoa (seriously, this city is addicted) the grilled chicken burrito ($13.50) is stuffed with quinoa, salsa verde and cabbage. It’s a controversial addition which I don’t think entirely works but at least gives the burrito a point of difference to the usual black bean offerings.
|Grilled chicken burrito with quinoa – this is one burrito, they are huge.|
The thing I would go back to Fonda again and again for is the fish taco ($6). The tacos are made with a soft tortilla which is rolled and pressed right there in the kitchen using a rather fancy looking machine. The fish was deep fried so it was crisp and crunchy and teamed with aioli and a coleslaw like mix of tangy pickled carrot and cabbage.
|The fabulous fish tacos|
Fonda brings an unfussed and casual approach to Mexcian food. It’s wonderfully addictive and I’d like to go back there at night time and test out the margarita slushy machine on the counter or some of the Mexican beers. Really though, I would just be returning to feed my newly found fish taco addiction.
|Kerbside eating at Fonda Mexican|
*A word of warning, I ate there with my friend Sophie and we decided Fonda is definitely not a date place. We emerged from lunch with chipolote aioli dripping down our faces and corn kernels wedged in our teeth. Not a good look but worth it.
Details: Fonda Mexican, 248 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 (Ph 03 9429 0085) Open Sun-Thu 12 noon-10pm, Fri-Sat 12 noon-late. No bookings.
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve. $38 for two without drinks.