Village Cantina, 30 Ballarat Street, Yarraville. Phone: 9689 8000
It’s been six months since Consider The Sauce’s first visit to the then newly opened Village Cantina in Yarraville.
I’m happy to return, especially as Bennie has yet to do so and it fits right in with our mid-week nothing-planned-for-dinner situation.
Without intending to make such a direct comparison to that first visit, we end up ordering two items had on that occasion – and it’s something of a revelation.
First though we start with “street style chargrilled corn” with chipotle mayo, queso fresco and lime ($5).
Our single serve cut in two lasts all of about five seconds.
It’s yummy but oh-so-very small!
Bennie’s beef burito ($14) is a big step up from the same item ordered by me on that initial visit.
This is much more deftly done with none of the solid if enjoyable stodginess I experienced.
The filling has very nice shredded beef and there’s salsa, sour cream and guacamole on the side.
But the real eye-opener is the nachos ($13).
I’m not sure why I order this, as nachos can so often veer between acceptable bar/snack food for sharing and a gloopy, unappetising mess.
The new-look Village Cantina nachos has real good melted cheese, guacamole, black beans and salsa in great profusion atop a big mound of good corn chips.
But this nachos is lifted to a whole ‘nuther level by the fabulous strips of grilled chicken that have tremendous flavour and a bit of a cajun thing going on.
It’s the best nachos I’ve ever had.
There’s so much of it – and its tastes so good – I’m happy to fully share with Bennie once he’s done with his burrito.
Heck, it’d make a fine light meal for two!