I have been dying to go to La Cholita, and luckily just before Christmas, I called up one of my favourite people's ever and asked them to meet me at the Mexican place on the corner of William and Aberdeen streets in Northbridge.
Look how flashy it looks with its big huge windows overlooking the streets, the elegant cursive name simply printed at the top, nothing could spell sheek slick Mexican than that.
The insides were the usual ecliptic pieces of recycled furniture mainly used to deco the what looks like unfinished painting in their "wait and drink" corner. However, I loved their exposed lighting's and their glassed floors/timber floor mixture. So trippy. Especially after a few tequilas and Mehhico beers! Pity I didn't get an opportunity to take a photo of the floors as the place was rather busy with people tramping on it!
The small bar-tapas has an extensive list of drinks to choose from and lots of yummy tequila based cocktails concoctions. Their food sections, if you planning to have the small serves - they really are for one person only most of the time and are pretty minimal (so if you were expecting something hearty - you've come to the wrong place). However, they do offer a couple of main-sized options and they looked pretty decent when it came out of the kitchen.
On this particular night though, J and I decided to opt for the small plates as we had massive lunches from our work Christmas lunch functions.
When you order, they place down four different sauces to enhance your mexican experience. And I cannot recommend strongly enough that you don't forget to use it, because it really does bring out the flavours more. And, anyway, Mehhico food is all about the sauces and the combination of flavours so try bits of your choices with all the four different sauces and see which one it goes with more!
We had the Ceviche. It was fresh, it was zest and with their complementary chilli-based sauce it was just perfect.
Enchiladas - Ceviche with La Cholita's homemade corn chips -
which were crunchy and delicous - not dry and definitely not oily.
Almost feels healthy! It helps that it looks as though it's been oven made!
We also ordered the guacamole, which had this amazing creamy flavour and their homemade, handmade tortillia was just crunchy goodness. It did not have that oily taste or leftover oily feel about it.
Guacamole with flour tortilla - again try it with their complementary sauces and it would taste even better.
Next we opted to try some tacos and had the beef cheek and the fish. The beef was beautifully cooked; tender and juicy, however the chilli-based sauce would have heightened the taste of the dish if only we remembered to put the sauce it (it was too late when we realised!).
Beef Cheek taco
The fish with the chipota sauce - I felt had a little too much batter and the fish smelt really fishy (yes I realise fish are fishy, but they don't have to smell like it and they definitely don't if cooked right!). So that was a bit of a let down. Wasn't mind blowing, in fact it was almost like bad fish from a fish and chip store.
Fish taco with Chipolta Sauce
However, the dessert - the chimichaga completely made up for the bad fish taco (who has fish tacos anyways??),. The pastry was yum and the ice cream inside it was oozing out as we cut it. This just mixed into the perfectly placed chooclate sauce under the chimichaga. The blands of the ice cream, pastry and hot chocolate sauce was just orgasmic! Definitely will be back for that!
The thing I love about the food however, is that everything is fresh, homemade, not oily, oven baked goodness. All their tacos, toltilla, corn chips etc. so it's somewhat healthy and tt doesn't make you have that oily sick feeling afterwards.
The two guys responsible for the making of all of La Cholita tacos, corn chips etc.
and boy were they busy!
They also seem to have plenty of staff for a busy place. The service wasn't fantastic but it wasn't tragically bad, we were looked after, to a degree. Waving down a waiter wasn't an easy task.
However, it's a fantastic place to catch up with friends, not for a date night. It's too noisy for that. But the ambience, the liveliness of the place is exactly what Perth needs. Along with an awesome cocktail/beer/drinks list. Try the Mexicana it was delicious and refresheningly good, especially on a hot summer's day/night!