Taco Bill (Russell Street, CBD)

142 Russell St
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9654 3369

Adam and I had dinner at Taco Bill (Russell Street restaurant) after he finished work for the week on Saturday evening. Apart from those Ol Del Paso taco kits that you buy from supermarkets and those nachos you make while studying, this was actually the first time that I’ve been to a Mexican place. I inserted those inverted commas only because I don’t really consider Taco Bill to be representative of authentic Mexican food but then again, you can’t really find real Mexican food in Melbourne anyway. Not that Taco Bill patrons would really give a damn anyway – most of them only go there to drink magharitas.

We were quite hungry so we decided to go for one of the banquet menus they had on offer – $25 per person

Clockwise from top-left: Complementary tortilla chips and salsa dip, nachos supremo, chicken and beef flautas (which is like a spring roll thing), my beef burrito. 

Flan de queso (a really really really rich creme caramel)

I apologise for the dodgy photos – the lighting was pretty dim in the place and I didn’t really want to draw attention by using the flash. The food wasn’t bad or anything but it was too .. simple. I bet even someone like my mate, Matt (who can’t even make Mi Goreng Instan) can whip up something like that. In fact, I wouldn’t be too surprised if the chefs out the back (half of whom were Asian) used the Ol Del Paso kits to produce the entire menu. While I find Mexican food alright, I wouldn’t be going there if I was given a choice. Hell, when the South Melbourne Taco Bill restaurant got voted Melbourne’s Fave Restaurant sometime last year, I wondered what the heck Melburnians were thinking. Then again, I shouldn’t be too surprised. If you’re doing a survey and asking any random Tom, Dick or Harry to participate, I guess you’d have a lot of people in the sample size who’ve grown up thinking that meat pies are a delicacy. Or something.

On the other hand, I suppose it’s a good place for a drink or two with your mates after the footy or something. Good atmosphere and hey, good for picking up I guess (we witnessed a funny show between a table full of Canadian males and some chicks).

I eat too much.


  1. Me_itchy_Bum
    February 10, 2008

    Wow – Taco Bill looks awesome! Might have to make that a destination when i get back into Melbourne!

  2. icesabre
    February 11, 2008

    Tacos and Yum Cha… far out you people sure know how to enjoy yourselves… 


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