Fonda Mexican

Posted on | October 2, 2012 | 4 Comments

Note: scheduled post. Still on holiday. Back soon though. Boo!

I’ve heard that Fonda, a Mexican style cantina in Richmond, is always busy, with lines down the street. I don’t spend much time in Richmond, so I can’t confirm whether or not this is true, but with the popularity of Mexican food in Melbourne, I can believe it.

Before we went on holiday, Alastair and I had an early dinner with Hazzie and Gazman. We rocked up at 6pm and were seated straight away – hooray to not lining up. We quickly looked through the menu and ordered at the counter.

For beverages, Fonda has Mexican beers ($8-$9), Jarrito soda ($4.50) and horchata ($4.50).

I fell in love with horchata when we visited Spain many years ago. I was absolutely hooked and I drank it almost every single day we were there (often several times a day). We were in Spain for about a month, so that was rather a lot of horchata.

From what I’ve gleaned from the internet, Spanish horchata is made with tigernuts, while Mexican horchata is made from rice. It’s not the same. :( I knew it and I ordered one anyway. Fonda’s version is made with rice, water, cinnamon, vanilla and evaporated milk. And actually, I did enjoy it – it’s like rice milk with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.

The four of us shared a serve of corn tortilla chips ($6) with guacamole and smoky salsa. The chips were good.

As well as the chipotle chips ($6) – chips drizzled with chipotle aioli.

Alastair and I also had a fish taco ($6) with chipotle aioli, pickled carrot/onion and cabbage. I thought it was okay. I didn’t find it that exciting – it was a bit like having a fish finger in a tortilla. It needed more sauce or something.

We had heard that the burritos were quite large, so also ordered just one to share between the two of us. The grilled chicken burrito ($14) was filled with quinoa, salsa verde, corn, queso fresco and cabbage.

Thankfully it was served cut into two halves, because it was a big, fat burrito. Tastewise, like the taco, I didn’t find it that exciting. Definitely one to share by the way – it was very filling.

Haz and Gazman had one of the quesadillas ($12). It looked really good – there was so much cheese inside it.

I thought Fonda was okay. It wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t wowed by it. I would’ve liked the flavours to be amped up more. But if you’re early (ie 6pm) and after a quick meal, Fonda is the place to be. We entered, ordered, ate, and were out the door within thirty minutes.

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Fonda Mexican
48 Swan Street
Phone: (03) 9429 0085

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4 Responses to “Fonda Mexican”

  1. Iron Chef Shellie
    October 2nd, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    I can make fish finger tacos at home. I won’t be rushing to this place!
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  2. Thanh
    October 3rd, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    I thought the tacos were ok and the chips were really addictively. I definitely wouldn’t line up for it.
    Thanh recently posted..Huxtable – Excellent Fusion Food


  3. April
    October 11th, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Wow, quick meal. It’s on my side of the city so I guess I should try it one day. Thanh’s comment about the addictive chips has kind of sold me!
    April recently posted..Photo Sundays: Absolut Elyx Vodka Launch


  4. msihua
    October 15th, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    Because of you! I’m hooked on the horchata now! And agreed, fastest meal ever!
    msihua recently posted..The Wedding Ceremony – Sunday 7th October 2012 @ The Baths, Middle Brighton


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