Paco Y Lola, South Melbourne

In spite of protest, I was summoned back to South Melbourne for a first-of-the-year lunch with the old ex-colleagues. Almost all of the team in the office, minus the social team, who weren’t that social. Paco Y Lola was our choice and we all had a helping from different parts of the modern Mexican street food menu.

I was quietly impressed with my first-time order of the sopes with chili Colorado beef and most of the food sat well with the guys. The sopes were a generous serve, and is a DIY affair so there’s a bit of fun to be had in composing your tasty creations. Cocktails and other dishes were fair, and we felt mostly well looked after, save a bit of pain for the group size and no split bills. Nice sunny spot for lazy afternoon dining.

pacoylola-cocktail

Mint, watermelon and gin sounded like an irresistible start for the afternoon and I happily slurped my way through this cooler whilst attempting to survive the heat. Decent drink but a little more potency would have been nice.

pacoylola-chips

We shared a few serves of the corn chips ($6) and these are fine. Slightly broken shapes, but the chips were freshly fried and had a good seasoning. The guac side here is very blended so not the chunky style I might have been anticipating. Was okay for me.

pacoylola-burrito

A few of the ladies went for the burrito ($13/$14)option, this being one of the options that you can also get takeaway from the barbeque stall. These are fine but I prefer the fresh burritos as the melty cheese and sour cream can sometimes make for a messy eat.

pacoylola-sope

And onto my sopes ($18). I ordered these not exactly knowing what they would be, and was rewarded with a great dish. Sopes are made from a Mexican corn flour and is served with beans, meat, cheese and salsa. I composed my sopes taking a cup of the shaped corn, which was light and crisp. Then a generous heaping of meat mix, topped with slaw before plonking into the mouth.

pacoylola-ribs

Another fancy looking dish was Lucy and Jadon’s Mexican pork ribs ($20) in housemade BBQ sauce and served with side salad. Angle my be deceptive, this is also another well-sized meal.

We overspent a good lunch break with Paco y Lola and the relaxed setting made for a perfect setting for the drinks and flavourful eating. Being a big group we had a massive painpoint when it came to clearing the bill (due to not being able to split bills) and a dozen media professionals had to rack their brains to work it all out.

8/10 (ignoring the split bill pain).

Paco Y Lola Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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