Fo0die dined as a guest of La Cabra Mexican and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We always love Mexican food so we were very excited to try this venue which isn’t too far from home for us. Opened since March/April 2019 (we were advised April but we have read others citing March so let’s cover both!), the venue was 5 months old when we visited.
Located in close proximity to the Camberwell shopping precinct, we parked in the shopping precinct which was very very busy on a Saturday at 11:30am. If you intend to park in the same area, be sure to check the signs as there are a range of parking areas all with different parking limitations (we have been fined before in this area for not looking at the signs properly).
The venue’s exterior is a beautiful sky blue and white which stands out against the rest of the stores in the strip. Walking through the doors, there’s a slight incline going up with the dining area on the right and the counter plus kitchen straight ahead.
Walking through the small hallway to the side of the kitchen leads you into what the venue calls the beer garden.
What an unsuspecting and beautiful outdoor space. Half the space has a permanent roof over it and a retractable roof on the other side. Very cool artwork lines the wall in this space with a bar right at the end.
This was where we enjoyed our meal on a beautiful sunny day in one of the booth-style seating near the bar area on the right.
Lemongrass started off serving only royal cuisine dishes on their menu and with time, the menu expanded to include modern dishes prepared using the traditional techniques and street food. The menu has been newly updated with new dishes and was well illustrated for those who prefer to see what exactly the dish is prior to ordering.
Can’t go to a Mexican restaurant and not have chargrilled corn. The corn overall went nicely with the chipotle mayo and wasn’t too overly chargrilled. The sticky lamb ribs are a favourite of their customers so we knew these were going to be tasty and that they were. The meat to fat ratio was roughly half half for the ones we had with the slaw underneath complementing the rich BBQ sauce.
Normally tacos come in a pair but on this occasion, the venue allowed us to ‘mix and match’ so that we could try the range a little more. The corn tortilla itself is a little smaller than other places we’ve been to but they are filled to the brim (versus other places that are half-filled) with a good amount of protein and ingredients that fill the taco. The beef was on the saltier side while the chicken was well balanced with a little kick to it.
We went with the vegetarian quesadilla which was well seasoned, cheesy and a little crisp on the outside. The salsa which was served with the quesadilla was a little spicy, enough to give just a little kick.
The venue is perfect for catch ups over a drink or two in their beer garden along with tasty food to share. And if you want to save some money on their quality tacos, then check out their ‘Tacos Tuesdays’ where each taco is $5!
Dishes that make up this review
- Chargrilled corn, chipotle mayo, ricotta salata and herbs ($6)
- Sticky lamb ribs with slaw and homemade BBQ sauce ($16)
- Tacos with corn tortilla ($14 for 2), we requested one of each:
- Slow cooked beef, lettuce, cheese, pickled onion and mayo
- Spiced chicken, chipotle, guacamole, pickled cabbage and pico
- Vego quesadillas, roasted peppers, zucchini, pico, mayo, cheese and salsa ($15)