Sugar Skulls, 185 Mount Alexander Road, Flemington.
Sugar Skulls is located on lower Mount Alexander Road, right opposite the fine cafe that is Phat Milk and in a premises that was formerly occupied by a beauty shop.
It’s been open about five weeks.
We arrive early and hopeful on a Friday night.
At first there’s a little confusion about whether, upon being directed to wait our turn at the serving counter, we’re in the house for takeaway or eat-in.
That’s quickly sorted and we’re shown to a window table with the proviso we must be gone in 45 minutes.
Sugar Skulls is a compact and classy operation, with a concise menu (see below) that encompasses food and beer, wine and mixed drinks.
But there is a fast-food element to proceedings, so I’m not sure why they’re bothering with bookings – especially as there is no phone number provided on either their website or Facebook page (the website has a bookings facility through OpenTable).
And certainly we make the 45-minute deadline with time to spare – this is some of the quickest food delivery we’ve ever experienced.
That’s entirely appropriate for what is pretty much street food and we’re happy because we’re hungry.
We order about half the menu.
From the list of “little things” – potato gems ($4), guacamole ($4) and corn chips and salsa ($6).
They’re all fine and very keenly priced – though I’m left wishing for a bit more spice and zing from the rather bland salsa.
Much the same could be said of our tacos – we order two each of the chicken, pork and prawn at $6 a pop.
They’re lovely and fresh, and each has its own distinctive dressing and adornments.
We especially like the tempura-like vibe of the prawn outings.
But, yep, I wish for a bit more ooomph in the chilli/lime/lemon/salt department.
Mind you, there is a nice range of hot sauces on hand if that’s your wont.
We use a couple of them to slather on the extra serve of corn chips we order – both the chips and the tortillas come from nearby La Tortilleria.
That takes our bill for a satisfying, drinkless meal to a fine $54.