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Fiesta en La Playa

This summer, Chef Paul Wilson is slinging Mexi-Cali eats and margaritas by the beach.
By Libby Curran
January 03, 2023
By Libby Curran
January 03, 2023

For a vibrant dose of Mexican-meets-Californian flavour this summer, you don't need to jump on a plane. Instead, simply head coastward to Sorrento, where chef Paul Wilson is taking over beachfront restaurant Morgan's for his lively new Mexi-Cali pop-up, Fiesta en La Playa.

From Thursday, December 15–mid-March, your tastebuds are invited on a colourful jaunt through Mexico, California and Latin America. You'll tuck into fare like nixtamal tortillas (made using a special corn preparation method), Sonoran-style hot dogs with achiote mustard and chipotle adobo, a slew of punchy ceviche dishes, lamb barbacoa tacos finished with a tamarind chilli mole, and more.

There's a guacamole bar for those after an avo fix, and Wilson's even nodding to an old mate via the Bourdain's Bone Marrow Taco — a meeting of slow-cooked beef tongue, cheek and brisket done Puebla-style, paired with salsa verde.

Dessert is also sorted with options like a coffee tequila flan and chilli-salted mango salad. And thirsty punters can enjoy icy brews, local wines and a stack of Mexi-Cali sips — including palomas aplenty and six different styles of margarita.

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