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The vibrant new Mexi cantina slinging signature margaritas into Casuarina

There is absolutely no doubt that all things Mexican are good things. Colour-filled spaces, tacos, margaritas, sombreros, the list is endless and so is our love for all of it. Which is why it brings us all of the happiness to announce a brand new Mexican cantina that’s moving into Casuarina as we speak (type) and it’s set to be an absolute beauty.

Brought to us by the clever culinary folks behind Spice Den, Osteria and Taverna (all found in Casuarina and Kingscliff), Lolita’s Mexican Cantina is set to open on April 2nd in the Casuarina Complex, soon to be rebranded as Greenspace with a whole new look and community meeting space situation.

Michelin-star executive chef Matt Kemp will lead the Lolita’s team, introducing a level of Mexican fare the region has yet to experience.

Let’s chat about the interior first though because Mexican venues are really something else when it comes to curating a good time dining vibe. Lolita’s is no exception, intimate and colourful with nearly 1,000 plants, colourful mosaic tiles, earthy terracotta tones and a very ‘grammable pink door, it sounds like the absolute dream to us.

Drinking and dining-wise, modern Mexican modern fare including specialty cocktails and signature margaritas from Thursday to Sunday will be the name of the game.

Bold flavours, fresh share plates and locally sourced produce will be emphasised with a vibrant menu curated by head chef Armando Enriquez Icaza. There’ll be a variety of flavoursome and authentic Mexican dishes rooted in tradition with a contemporary twist – think Cochinita Pibil (succulent, slow-cooked pork neck marinated with achiote paste, orange juice and fragrant spices, served in a taco), Australian Bay Lobster ceviche, and street-style Mexican churros paired with chile and smoked chocolate mousse. YUM.

The entire menu is absolutely mouthwatering and you’ll definitely need to wear your stretchy pants for this one.

Of course, there’ll be an impressive tequila list, as well as a generous banquet menu at $39 per person. Who doesn’t want to indulge in an epic Mexi-banquet? Nobody, that’s who.

All of that combined makes for a vibrant, modern injection into the local dining scene and we are absolutely here for it.

Mark April 2nd in your diary Gold Coasters, Lolita’s is going to bring us some very good times.

LOCATION: 1 Barclay Drive, Casuarina
HOURS: TBC

Words by Kirra Smith. Photos by Kristy Mason Photography.

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