Mexican chain restaurant Los Vida have been one of this year's big foodie success stories — so much so that, barely more than six months after their CBD debut, they're heading out to Crows Nest for location number three. In truth, it feels a little bit wrong to even refer to them as a chain, in that there’s something warm and authentic about their menu that seems incongruous with the restaurant franchise phenomena. In fact their only resemblance to a chain is the demand from Sydneysiders who are hungry for whatever Los Vida is laying down.
Perhaps their success stems from the two co-founders Mexican heritage and upbringings, both hailing from Mexico City and bringing with them a bonafide, electrified slice of their national cuisine. Their Crows Nest location will offer a similar, homey decor, plus a ten metre cocktail bar where you can get friendly with their drinks menu, wile out with a tequila shot and then face off with the mezcal, tequila’s slightly wormier cousin.
The food menu will offer the same variety, with no Western substitutions or naming conventions. You won’t be asked if you want fries with your tacos here (but if you do in fact want fries, get the patatas bravas — it’s the Mexican equivalent and you won’t be sorry).
Los Vida at Crows Nest is open from July 30 at 419 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.