Event Recap: Mexi-Cali X Kinselas Launch

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Mexi-Cali launched their Kinselas (Darlinghurst) residency with a fresh fit-out and eccentric Cinco De Mayo party on Saturday, May 5.

Plenty of familiar faces from Sydney's social circuit joined the party including Tim Dorman, Ariella Nyssa, Jaben Ryan, Elora Merjer, Yasmin Suteja, Dennis Todorovic and Erin Cook.

Olmeca Blanco Tequila kept the Margaritas and Paloma's flowing, while the Mexicali team served endless trays of Empanadas and tacos. The event celebrated Mexi-Cali's new menu that features an extensive offering of Californian-Mexican favourites, mouthwatering and fresh tacos, enchiladas and burritos plus 'fajitas for two' and house special Chile Colorado (spiced beans and rice).

The iconic Kinselas venue changed hands in October 2017, taken over by the Kospetas family under their Universal Hotels Group operation. The new team are (literally) spicing things up by teaming with Mexi-Cali, and it's Owner and Head Chef Megan McCabe, who formerly owned and operated two restaurants in Newtown and Bondi respectively, under the Mexi-Cali name.

I grew up working in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotel, winery, brewery etc. as my father owned them...I have always been involved in the family business although most of my adult life in California I worked in Silicon Valley as a technology consultant. Five years ago I decided to drop out of corporate America and jumped on a plane to Australia (my favourite place in the world).

Megan McCabe, Owner and Head Chef, The Mexi-Cali

In partnering with Kinselas, Mexi-Cali provides seated dining and alcohol service (in addition to their existing takeaway offering from their Taylor Square shop front). As such, the Mexi-Cali X Kinselas dining experience has a new look and feel thanks to Olmeca Altos Tequila, who have injected the venue with Central-American inspired decor.

What: Mexi-Cali X Kinselas Pop-Up

Where: Kinselas. 383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst.

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - late

Menu: View Menu

Instagram: @kinselas

Event Date

Saturday May 5

Notable Guests

TV Personalities:

Tim Dormer, Ariella Nyssa, Elora Merger.

Fashion and Creative Influencers:

Yasmin Suteja, Evan Betts, Tegan Philippa, Bianca Beers, Chris Chalmers, Dave Hume.

Media Personalities:

Dennis Todorovic, Erin Cook, Simone Jovel, Sarah Markuzi, Michael Brown, Jaben Ryan.

Drinks Served

Margaritas and Paloma featuring Olmeca Blanco Tequila, Grapefruit Juce, Lime and Soda.

Food Served

Tacos and Empanadas by Mexi-Cali.


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