The flavours of Korea and Mexico have formed an unlikely, but delicious allegiance, given equal billing at Canterbury's modern fusion eatery Vecino.
It's an uncommon culinary mash-up, but not one you'll forget in a hurry, thanks to a creative menu packed full of big flavours. Co-owners Tony Lee and Eunice Lim play on the similarities between two famously lively cuisines, drawing both on Lee's Korean heritage and his experience working in Mexican kitchens across the world.
At Vecino, the lineup is crafty, rather than quirky, with instant hits including the bulgogi tacos (two for $13.50) — the Korean classic reimagined with black beans and guac — and the loaded fries ($14.90), here topped with bulgogi, pico de gallo, kimchi, sour cream and cheese. There's a ripper Korean fried chicken, too —served either original, sweet and spicy, teriyaki, rosemary honey garlic and chimichurri — while the burrito ($16) comes loaded with kimchi fried rice, spicy pork, black beans, guac and hot sauce.
Equally vibrant and just as memorable is the funky cocktail selection. Head in for gutsy creations like the Makgeorita, blending tequila with Korean rice wine, alongside a lineup of soju-infused signatures and giant frozen margaritas.