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21° & CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 3 APRIL IN MELBOURNE
By Libby Curran
October 10, 2018
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Benzina Cantina

A Mexican eatery in Preston with fairy lights, tacos and tequila.
By Libby Curran
October 10, 2018
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Preston's foodie revolution continues, with modern Mexican haunt Benzina Cantina opening on High Street.

Run by motorcycle stuntman 'Lukey Luke' Follacchio — and located adjacent to his bike workshop, Benzina Garage, the laidback venue is tapping into those warehouse vibes, with a minimalist, industrial fit-out and its own rooftop space.

For food, there's Carreto's 'gorditas' — handmade corn flour pockets stuffed with refried beans and either cheese or chilli mince beef — alongside bites like chipotle grilled corn and cactus salad. Crafty taco varieties feature the likes of beer battered fish with red cabbage, or twice-cooked beef with carrots and potato, and a slew of options for meat-free diners — including cactus mole and tortillas topped with smoky mushrooms.

To drink, choose between a tidy mix of local craft beers and Mexican imports, a concise crop of wines from Australia, Chile and Spain, and a hefty lineup of cocktails. Settle in with one of the watermelon margaritas, or the tequila-infused Espresso Martini and summer won't feel so far off at all.

Images: Alex Jovanovic

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