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Jarochos brings authentic Mexican to Lonsdale Street Braddon

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It says something about the lure of authentic Mexican cuisine that Cesar Francisco Corripio turned his back on his career as a vet to set up a street van selling mouth-watering tacos.

Jarochos (a name given to the people living near his home of Veracruz in Mexico) has been Cesar’s passion since he moved to Australia and began cooking his favourite meals to stave off homesickness.

First he began cooking for friends, then at markets, then out of his little van. Now it is with great delight that Cesar will be cooking from his very first stationary restaurant, built on the popular ground that is Lonsdale Street.

Cesar is confident that his authentic, homemade Mexican food will create as much of a buzz in the heart of Braddon as it does when he pulls up his van in the suburbs. His mum is joining him in the kitchen to help with the cooking and to share the secret family recipes.

Cesar also now has space to house a giant tortilla machine which he has imported from Mexico and which can pump out 1100 soft rounds of deliciousness per hour.

While the machine has yet to be plugged in and certified, Jarochos will be open (softly) this week before a planned grand opening next weekend.

It’s been a long process to get the Braddon restaurant ready — not helped by the fact that Cesar has also been operating his van simultaneously while supervising his new kitchen installation.

It has also not been helped by multiple delays of his precious and pricey tortilla machine while it was halted at the Mexican border and searched for drugs for three months (it was, of course, clean…)

Still, Cesar has taken it in his stride with the trademark easy-going Latin American vibe that has won him a legion of dedicated customers over the past few years.

“I think people like my attitude, as well as the fact my food is authentic, has great flavour and is affordable.”

Jarochos is expanding the menu now Cesar has a full-sized kitchen. He plans to do lunches and dinners during the week and do breakfasts as well on the weekend.

This means, that for lovers of Mexican eggs, chilaquiles and gorditas, you’re going to need to nab a seat from 8am, once he beds the restaurant in.

His substantial and much-loved taco menu will offer slow-cooked pulled beef, chipotle chicken, Mexican mushrooms, Mexican sausage and slow-cooked pulled lamb options, among others.

If you’re passing during the day and feel snacky,  Cesar will be serving up dishes such as Picadas a la bandera, pambazos, Mexican ceviche, gringas and a selection of sides including bean charros, Mexican rice, guacamole, chistorra and, wait for it, a cheese bath.

For dinner, things get a bit more sophisticated with Aztec soup and green fideos, and mains such as enchiladas, pozole, chicken achiote, chicken mole, aluvias and lentejas.

Desserts include fry plantanos and Mexican flan.

With a licence for alcohol being processed, Cesar is hoping to make Jarochos a place for dancing and Mezcal on Friday and Saturday nights. He will also have outdoor seating to allow diners soak up the Lonsdale Street vibe as well as his spicy sauces.

The Jarochos van will still be out and about, but Cesar is very much looking forward to cook while standing still for a while.

Jarochos’ grand opening fiesta will be held 12 noon til late on Friday 19 April.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Jarochos
Where: 30/60 Lonsdale Street Braddon
When: Mon-Fri lunch and dinner, Sat-Sun breakfast lunch and dinner
Web: jarochos.com.au

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