This taqueria and bar brings local ingredients and Mexican flavours together in a casual coastal setting.
For anyone who remembers Ben Fossilo’s food truck Eat No Evil, a seat at La Cabaña’s bar means seeing him working the open kitchen like the old days, repping the brand of innovative street food he made his name on. Step outside into the courtyard, though, and things take a turn. This is where this kind of food is meant to be enjoyed – among leafy, tropical stylings, with South Beach just a step away.
As for the dishes, expect traditional and not-so traditional Mexican fare given enticing twists, and a focus on local, seasonal and native produce. Pork al pastor tacos, say, made with proper corn tortillas and dressed with native-strawberry adobo and pineapple salsa. Or corn tentacles charred to elevate their sweetness, with tang from pickled cabbage and vegan mayonnaise.
This is where this kind of food is meant to be enjoyed – among leafy, tropical stylings, with South Beach just a step away.
Esperance amberjack ceviche, accented with avocado, coconut and pepperberry provides welcome freshness, with crunch from a tostada base, while lamb neck barbacoa with tortillas is one to share and build yourself. It all suits a lively, carefree tone backed up by a bar pushing well-crafted Margaritas, Palomas and a broad range of cerveza, tequila and rare mezcal.
Eat No Evil may be no longer but La Cabaña proves Fossilo is onto a good thing, and South Freo is the grateful beneficiary.