Eat & Drink

ESSENTIAL EATS: CHUPACABRA

Ahhh Byron. You never disappoint in your passion to embrace great food experiences and the addition of Byron’s own mexican taqueria to the mix is proof.

 
And who can’t love a restaurant named after a creature from Latin folklore which thrives on sucking the blood of goats! Chupacabra is the latest venture from Harvest Newrybar and Barrio Eatery who’ve teamed up with local chef Evan White and his partner Amelia Stokes.
 
The 60-seat eatery is all Latin feel, with the space awash with brightly coloured walls, wooden tables, antique festoons, lots of palms and cascading greenery inside, and 20 seats out front for soaking up the sunshine while you sip on a blood-red margarita, mezcal negroni, tequila, freshly pressed juice, a Mexican blend of Moonshine coffee or house-made soda.
 
House-made is the mantra for Evan, whose food direction was truly cemented after visiting and then living in Mexico and taking the time to learn about the culture and history behind the cuisine. The tortillas are freshly made daily – about 800 of them – and are at the heart of the tantalising menu. There’ll be tacos al pastor with grilled pineapple, a daily changing ceviche Mexicana, esquites (off-the-cob corn grilled and slathered with condiments), sharing plates from the asado (Argentinian BBQ) and an amazing Cochinitapibil which is slow-cooked pork with sour orange, coriander, lime and pickled onion.