Chingón brings a piece of Mexico to Eagle Laneway
Hanh Nguyen | On 01, Dec 2016
Popular Melbourne Mexican eatery, Chingón, has opened a second store in Brisbane!
A recent addition to the Eagle Laneway, Chingón, serves up an authentic variety of tacos, salsa and tortilla chips, fire-roasted-corn (also known to the staff as ‘crack corn’ due to its addictive taste), and a daily ceviche special. Ceviche is when raw fish is cured with lemon juice, which indirectly cooks it and tenderises it and makes it easy to eat. With options to dine in or take away, Chingón’s delicious tacos are also available for order from its neighbour Brooklyn Standard next door; co-owned by the same people as Chingón.
We sat down with one of the co-owners, Justinn Debeer, for a quick chat about the origins and concept of Chingón. He mentions, “the food is all very authentic,” since the original Melbourne owners are from New Mexico and it’s all their mums’ secret family recipes. In a city with a booming burger trend, it is refreshing to have people, “trying to bring real authentic tacos to Brisbane.”. Justinn was proud to say that Chingón’s menu did not contain aioli or mayonnaise and considers the food the real deal. He notes that they send the marinade up from Melbourne because that’s their secret recipe, and that they prepare everything fresh on site.
When asked about the differences between the Melbourne eatery and its Brisbane brother, he says Chingón in Melbourne has white tablecloths with food presented in disposable containers. Chingón in Brisbane on the other hand, is designed with neon lights, and street art covered walls to give it the “element of cool”, due to it being in a laneway. A neon sign on the wall ‘No seas pandejo’ which cheekily translates to “Don’t be a dickhead”.
If you’re looking for a venue with a grungy and badass vibe, hit Chingón for a drink at the bar and a tasty taco to chase it down.
What Bar and Mexican Cuisine
When Mon – Thu: 11.30am – 10pm, Fri: 11.30 – 12am, Sat: 6pm – 12am, Sun: Closed
Where Eagle Lane, Brisbane City
More info on Chingón’s Facebook page