Raffles reviews: El Topo, Bondi Junction

Day of the Dead decor at El Loco
Last weekend we went to see a preview of The Book of Life at the movies and it was awesome. But eating tacos afterwards made it even better.

I love movies and have seen loads but The Book of Life is so good it’s now one of my favourite ever. There were two things that were most special about it. One is that it looked so, so different to any other movie I’ve ever seen. It was bright and colourful and the characters looked like puppets and had swords, some of the guys had cool moustaches, and they all had amazing costumes.

The Book of Life movie

It also had rally cool music because Manolo, one of the main characters who is a bullfighter who doesn’t who doesn’t like to hurt bulls, played the guitar like I do and is is almost as good as me. Just joking. He’s better. A bit.

After the movie I was craving Mexican food so we went to El Topo. We’ve been before and it’s so crazy and colourful that going there was kind of like being in the movie because there are massive pictures of Bull Fighters and hundreds of candy skulls and cool little skeletons all over the place.

Sugar skulls at El Topo

Our booth had a big painting of a sugar skull with crystal eyes and lots of love hearts. It’s my favourite place to sit.

 booth at El Topo

Before we got our tacos we gobbled down a bowl of tortilla chips and guacamole.

tortilla chips and guacamole at El Topo

Then we had ceviche (Kingfish with radish, watermelon and fingerlime) because it’s one of my favourite things. It wasn’t as good as my mama’s ceviche but it was still pretty good. The fish was salty but nice and it was served with watermelon and crunchy pepito seeds and a bunch of vegetables.

ceviche at El Topo

Last time we came we had a bowl of crickets (roast crickets with chilli, garlic and lime) but I wasn’t in the mood for bugs this time. Instead we tried fried prawns (school prawns with chipotle mayo) which were really crispy and spicy and you had to eat their heads and everything. There was a nice sauce that went with them, kind of like mayonnaise. I liked it a lot better than the bugs.

School prawns with Chipotle Mayo at El Topo

Mama and dad tried the pork and chicken tacos which they said were good but I tried the soft-shell crab taco and it was EPIC. It was stuffed full of fried soft-shell crabs and jalapenos and salad and I would have eaten ten thousand of them but needed to leave some room for dessert.

Tacos at El Topo

Mexican donuts! These are crispy balls filled with a spongy centre and covered in cinnamon and sugar and they come with gloopy chocolate sauce. Yummy.

Mexican Donuts at El Topo

Lunch made me feel strong enough to fight a bull… except I didn’t have a cape so I had to use mama’s jacket instead.

baby bull fighter at El Topo

You should definitely go and see The Book of Life because it is a great way to learn about Mexican culture but make sure you have time to grab a taco at El Topo afterwards to make it tastier.

Reviewed by Raffles – aged 7 
*bracketed detail by his mama

El Topo Mexican
Level 3, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, 2022
PH: (02) 9387 7828

6 Comments on Raffles reviews: El Topo, Bondi Junction

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    April 3, 2015 at 5:35 pm (9 years ago)

    Ooh I might just have to go and see this movie now! I have always wanted to experience the Day of the Dead in Mexico!

      April 9, 2015 at 9:35 am (9 years ago)

      Me too. I want mama to take me this year. Rx

  2. stuntman
    April 9, 2015 at 9:27 am (9 years ago)

    Eating school prawns, head and all. What a little legend!

      April 9, 2015 at 9:35 am (9 years ago)

      They’re so yum. Rx

  3. April
    April 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m going to have to go see The Book of Life now. Thanks for the review Raffles

  4. Belle K
    April 20, 2015 at 7:56 am (9 years ago)

    Awesome work little guy, I’m hungry for tacos now. 🙂


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