not the first.) It seems like a good opportunity to share some Melbourne Central photos and reflections, But first let me tell you about Mad Mex.
A franchise that started in Sydney, Mad Mex is an impressive offering compared to the usual food court fare. It serves fast, decent Mexican food that is full of vegetables. Even the space is unusually charming for a food court. They not only have plants but an eye-catching chandelier made of corona beer bottles.
There are three sections of the menu 1. The base - tacos, nachos, burritos quesadilla etc. This also includes basics like black beans, lettuce and sour cream. 2. The filling. For me that is vegetariano - a mix of zucchini, eggplant and mushroom. It comes with free guacamole (which costs extra with meat fillings). 3. Lastly you choose the salsa. Tomato, tomatillo, corn etc. That's a lot of food.
On my second visit I wanted something different. I chose nachos (top photo). After my initial experience this was disappointing. Yet understandable. This is fast food. Instead of the nachos being baked or grilled to create a delicious marriage of melty cheese and crisp corn chips, these corn chips have some thin melty cheese sauce poured over them. (Perhaps the grated cheese would have been better than the melted cheese sauce.) However, with all the vegetables, these weren't as heavy as usual. In fact they were rather good.
Mali exhibition of 150 decorated elephant statues to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Zoo. (They are in the city until 21 September when they move to the Zoo.) Bringing art into public spaces is one of the changes of which I heartily approve.
Melbourne Central than I used to be. I remember the Shopping Centre being opened in 1991. What I remember clearly is the fascination at the historic shot tower (below) being encased in an industrial-style glass cone. Since then I have seen stores come and go. I used to enjoy wandering through the Japanese department store, Daimaru, browsing the cookbooks in Borders and eating cinnamon scrolls from Saint Cinnamon. All gone.
recent notoriety as the site of the most recent clash between unions and big business.
Meanwhile Mad Mex is continuing to contribute to better fast food options in Melbourne's CBD. It now has outlets in Southern Cross Lane, Southern Cross Station and the Queen Victoria Shopping Centre.
Level 2, Dining Hall, Melbourne Central
Corner Swanston and La Trobe Streets
Open for lunch and dinner
(03) 9663 7010