Much-loved Kings Cross venue Barrio Chino is making a comeback. The Mexican restaurant and bar, which closed its doors in April 2016, is popping up inside the Darlo Country Club from Friday, June 8.
Run by Peter Lew, co-owner of the newly opened Chula and the original Barrio Chino, the pop-up will have Tulum beach vibes — with a palm-thatched roof, booths and fairy lights — a changing menu of modern Mexican eats and a slew of Mexican and Tiki-inspired cocktails.
The food menu will feature tacos, burritos, enchiladas and nachos, that can be stuffed (or piled high) with fried chicken, slow-cooked brisket and pulled pork. There'll also be guacamole, of course, and dishes are expected to change throughout the duration of the pop-up, too.
Drinks, prepared by Michael Hwang from Lobo Plantation and Kittyhawk, will be big and colourful — expect lots of rum, tequila, glowing cocktail jugs (yes, really) and skull-shaped mugs. If you'd prefer your cocktails without the glow, there'll also be a few standout margaritas on the list.
There's no word yet on how long the pop-up will be sticking around for, but it will be staying up late — it's running a 2am licence on Friday and Saturday nights. We suggest heading in for a taco and a tiki cocktail, tout de suite.
Barrio Chino is now open inside the Darlo Country Club. Opening hours are Thursday, 5pm–midnight; Friday, 5pm–2am; and Saturday, 11.30am–2am.