Friday, 14 December 2012

Trippy Taco - Fitzroy review

So, if you have yet to hear about Trippy Taco, allow me to quote Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket: "What is your major malfunction?!"

But enough of that. Trippy Taco is, as the name suggests, a taco joint on Gertrude street, Fitzroy, offering a take on Mexican street food. And the best part? It is almost entirely vegetarian! I say 'almost', as there has never been any hiding the fact at TT (as those of us in the borough call it) that they use animal rennet cheese. However, on my most recent visit, I discovered that they now offer you the choice of rennet or rennet-free cheese. Or for the more timid vegos amongst us, you can avoid that whole minefield by coughing up an extra 50c for soy cheese instead.

So, to the food. There's the standard mix of Mexicana: burritos, tacos, quesadillas, taquitos, and nachos; as well as a range of mexican beers (sol, corona, dos equis, pacifico, negra modelo, modelo especial), sangria and margaritas in the drinks department.

On this occasion, myself and my companion endeavoured to take a cross-section of what was on offer, starting with the highly regarded Trippy Fries - a basket of shoestring fries served with house seasoning, and the option of sour cream on top. I think it's pretty difficult to wow anyone with shoestring fries, and the results were no different at TT, but the seasoning added a bit of tang and the fries were certainly tasty enough. The real story is in the main event. I ordered a single tofu asada taco, and a regular nachos (both with soy cheese), whilst my companion went for the tofu asada burrito - which I proceeded to eat half of due to its comparable mass to the the guy who ordered it.
Now, I know it's not overly imaginative to both go for the tofu asada filling - not really the cross-section of the menu we had aspired to. Let me fill you in: the tofu asada consists of spicy grilled tofu, salsa, salad, avocado, and a fresh lime wedge to add as you go. Here's a little something you should know about me. I FROTH over fresh avocado and lime! So, really, there was no chance of me looking beyond the tofu asada, and it didn't disappoint. All the ingredients are freshly assembled and tasty enough, with no skimping on the avocado, which seems to be a thing at other taco joints, and the soy nachos proved a winning, cheesy counterpoint to the salady goodness of the taco and half-eaten burrito of my compadre. Possibly the only let-down is that the 'spicy grilled tofu' was lacking in spice. Also, if you have an allergy to hipsters, you best bring an epi-pen because this joint will send you into anaphylactic shock. Me personally, I don't mind the happy-go-lucky scamps. Nor do I mind Trippy Taco and its cheap, generous sized serves of cheesy, salady avocado and lime goodness.


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