We’d attempted to visit Mexico 70 in Sunderland a couple of months ago, however, when we arrived it was closed even though Google (everyone trusts Google, right?) said it was open. We ended up visiting Church Lane at the time instead (that was a travesty from start to finish and we may post about it, too).
It’s an interesting little venue but not instantly understandable as to how it works. I was left wondering if I’d be shown to a table or not, how ordering worked but eventually a staff member appeared to explain. It was busy when we arrived and there were only two people on the floor so this took a while. We took a seat and were told to order food at the bar when we’d gone through the menu.
Pip has a thing for trying vegan nachos wherever we go in an effort to find somewhere as good as The Ship – a tall order, we know. Mexico 70 is a tapas restaurant / bar so everything we ordered came out in fairly quick succession. Beyond the nachos we ended up just ordering one of everything from the vegan tacos selection.
The nachos arrived with black beans, tofu, salsa and vegan cheese. They were ok, but not a scratch on The Ship. Some of the tortillas were hard, the black beans were dry (looking unappealingly like black pudding) and the chunks of tofu were tasteless. Not sure what they were supposed to add to the dish.
The sriracha coated Buffalo Wings were probably the tastiest dish although they didn’t do too well with Pip as she’s not fond of spicy foods. She felt there was overkill on the heat to make up for the lack of much else where this dish was concerned. This is when things took a turn for the worst, for me too.
We’ve had vegan Mexican food before at Chucho’s and Barrio Comida which was fantastic. These were bland or so wildly mixed with flavours I just couldn’t stomach them. The textures were strange and the final nail in the coffin was ‘fake meat with chocolate’. It looked like turd in a taco and that was where I finished up.
If you’ve got an adventurous palette and aren’t afraid to try something new then Mexico 70 might be for you. Price wise wasn’t too bad comparing to other tapas places we’ve tried. From leaving I just wanted to get some decent food. Pip’s description was ‘ok’. She found the experience amusing because of my reactions to dishes. She said that the tofu dishes in particular were bland and lacked finesse, despite the imaginative sounding vegan food.
I just can’t get over the turd in a taco (*not a real turd, obviously). Others may think it’s ‘amazing’, I certainly don’t.
Thanks for reading,