Cafe Pacifico Restaurant in East Sydney

Cafe of the Month
May 2002


Riley St
East Sydney

(02) 9360 3811

Seven nights

Cafe Pacifico in East Sydney is Australia’s version of a concept which is also booming in London, Paris and Amsterdam. Conceived by the Pacifico guru, Tom Estes, in 1973, who finally opened the first spot in Amsterdam in 1976, Cafe Pacifico specialises in Los Angeles-style Mexican cooking – and a reputation for offering the finest tequilas in this corner of the planet. Traditional Mexican dishes have been added to the menu such as the Fundido Rajas (an entree of melted cheese over Poblano chillis and onions, topped with pico de gallo and served with three flour tortillas); and the Filete Tampiqunea (char-grilled 250g tenderloin steak with a cheese enchilada, pico de gallo, guacomole and Mexican rice based on a recipe from the Tampico Club in Mexico City). Of course, there’s plenty of Fajitas, Tacos, Burritos, Nachos, Quesadillas and Tortillas for people who like to use such words in the presence of others. Head honcho Phil Bayly is a blast. Huge bar, party atmosphere, this place is great for functions and group bookings.