Tequila Mockingbird

A Paddington terrace filled with tequila and tasty Latin American morsels.
Daniel Herborn
Published on June 10, 2023
Updated on March 27, 2024


Inspired by a lengthy trip through Latin America, Paddington's Tequila Mockingbird is an inspired marriage of the vibrant, bold flavours of that continent with top-shelf Australian produce.

Designed by the prolific Luchetti Krelle (Bar Brose, ACME), the terrace has been refashioned into a skinny but stylish space, with a long bar leading into a warm space with wooden floors, hanging plants and gorgeous black and white line drawings of tropical fish and cacti.

Often the menu comes across as a kind of delicious potted Latin American history lesson. Dishes that focus on freshness and flavour make up your starting course. Kingfish tiradito with bonito and shiso nod to the influence of Japanese flavour upon Peruvian cuisine, while the ceviche taco with charcoal salt is a creative reimagining that adds new depth to a more classic rendition of ceviche.

From the grill, you'll find options like spatchcock with coriander, a big hitting lamb shoulder with house pickled guindilla peppers, and the comfort food of grilled zucchini with mole that was included on the menu to please co-owner Michael Fegent's mother.

A tequila-heavy cocktail list complements the big flavours and Latin American accent of the menu. The house cocktail which shares a name with the restaurant is a spicy tequila-forward number with a Patron Silver base, recommended for its fresh, summery flavours and tajín-coated rim.

The drinks program also boasts an incredibly comprehensive tequila list, with dozens of selections as well as a generous selection of mezcal. Flights are available for the equally indecisive and thirsty.

Silly name aside, Tequila Mockingbird is a reliably good joint full of buzz and booze, pulling off a very good menu complemented by lively service and an expertly curated drinks list.

Images: Byron Martin for PADDO(Collective)


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