Get your ghoul on as today is Day of the Dead. This Mexican holiday is the perfect excuse to check out one of Melbourne’s current rash of restaurants and bars serving tacos and tequila. A whole festival has been set up for “Dia de Muertos” with events running culminating in a fiesta at Senoritas on Sunday 4 November.
|The setting at Senoritas is pretty spot on for Day of the Dead|
I celebrated early by taking advantage of an invitation to go to Senoritas and preview the late night “antojitos” menu which will be available at the fiesta and on an ongoing basis. Antojitos means “little whim” a term for snack items and small street food markets in Mexico.
|Guacamole with tortilla|
It’s all the type of small plates that are good for sharing and even better with drinks. There are chicharrón de puerco ($6) which are essentially pork cracklings with a changing flavour and the more common tortilla chips with salsa and creamy guacamole ($10).
Feeling adventurous I also tried out the cactus tostada ($6) it was mercifully prickle free and tasted very similar to a green pepper.
|Senoritas – the place has great decor and a good late night atmosphere|
There’s a special cocktail menu as well teamed with the dishes like the Passion Mexcal with sweet passionfruit and cucumber mellowing the tequila taste slightly. I can’t say the cocktails won me over as they are all tequila based which brings back repressed memories for me of shots with lemon and salt.
|Cactus tostada – not as bad as it sounds!|
The offering on Senoritas late night menu is essentially food to be eaten with booze so its not going to blow you away with its complexity. Still, Senoritas is certainly a fun place to head if you have the late night munchies and offers a more sophisticated alternative to hanging out at a kebab store at 11pm.
|Tequila cocktails – dangerous|
Gourmet Chick was invited to review Senoritas.
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Details: Senoritas, 16 Meyers Place Melbourne (Ph 03 9639 7437)
Damage: Reasonable, but on this occasion I did not pay.