175 Waverley Road
Mt Waverley VIC 3149
+61 3 9888 3866
Mexican food is not one I’d normally seek (I’m from Melbourne, can you blame me?). But towards the end of a busy day involving jam making, walking around Surrey Hills and pestering Ed while he’s working on his mural, it seemed like the perfect option for the four of us (the four of us being Ed, Aaron, Cathy and myself).
I can’t remember which one of us brought up Nachos Mexican Cantina but it definitely wasn’t me as I had never heard of it. Moreover, it’s been a while since I’ve been to Mt Waverley and after being so over the whole Melbourne Mexican (food) wave thing, it’s not like I was actively seeking new Mexican (or Tex-Mex … or ‘Mexican inspired’) restaurants to visit. Still, my excitement at the thought of eating carb-rich Mexican food grew as we drove down Station Street from Aaron’s house and into Waverley Road.
Nachos sits on the site of what was once a Pizza Hut restaurant (do any of these still exist in Australia?!). I don’t know why but for some reason, the outside reminded me of Breaking Bad. Oh right, New Mexico…
The place was happenin’ at 8 o’clock on a Sunday but despite that, we managed to get seated, served and then billed very quickly which we appreciated… because time was of the essence when we had dozens of retro Australian TV ads waiting for us to watch on YouTube when we got back.
We started off with some guacamole ($12.50) and tortillas. $12.50 may sound like an excessive amount to pay for mashed avocado but I thought it was worth it. The chips were beautifully thick and crunchy, providing an excellent base to show off the guac’s freshness. I also liked that they added onions (white and spring) and a bit of salsa into the dip for some added zest.
A wise person (probably my friend Sean) once said that Mexican dishes are generally the ‘same shit, different wrappings.’ And while it’s not entirely true, his statement does hold a bit of merit here. The four of us ordered different meals but they were pretty much permutations of the same thing.
My dish, the La Combination ($23.95), was testament to this. Those ordering the La Combination had the option of choosing beef or chicken – or both – for the fillings and because I like to live on the wild side, I chose both. From the oops-getting-soft enchilada tortilla shell to the crispier cigar-like taquito shell amongst all that rice and cheese, it tasted the same all over.
Although we all had a brilliant time, no one said that they’d be dying to rush back anytime soon. The food, while tasty, wasn’t outstandingly good and we all left feeling mightily bloated. I do like this sort of Mexican food every now and then though. And plus, Mt Waverley in all its perceived bland suburbia-ness does need places like this so that locals don’t have to hop in the car to drive to Box Hill or Glen Waverley. So when I can’t be bothered cooking this sort of Mexican at home, I’ll definitely come back here for a fiesta. For now though, it’s time for some 80s YouTube action.