Monday, February 18, 2013

Tacos and live music at Footscray's The Rev!

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If it wasn't already so awesome to have a new local, Footscray's The Reverence now serves a Mexican menu!  We're talking pulled pork tacos, black bean burritos, chimichangas and more.  HOT DIGGITY!

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The fam behind venerable North Melbourne punk institution The Arthouse have taken up residence at the old Exchange in Napier Street, christening it The Rev.  There's live music right throughout the week but since I saw this vid last year - 


- I've been hanging for some nearby Mexy goodness.  When I saw this video for the first time with a few friends, when the dog thinks of the taco, I swear we all jumped up at once and screamed!

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There was more swooning than screaming when this wicked pulled pork number landed on our table, though.  Gorgeous silky pork with crunchy cabbage in a proper, fragrant soft corn taco - why didn't we just order 10 of these?!  PS:  The Rev are seriously vegan friendly, offering a vegan pulled "pork" taco, smoky "chicken" torta, tofu and black bean burrito and loads more. 

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More street-style goodness, with really smoky corn cobs dressed with mayo, chilli and lime.  Delish.

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Loved these shoestring fries, really crunchy with seasoned salt and vegan mayo for dipping.

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I wasn't totally sold on the corn crust Calabrese pizza - each salami slice had the anchovies and olives surfing on top, making an umami flavour bomb, but I think they'd be better spread out.  Mr Baklover thought the crust was really good though, robust and crisp.  Really, I think I was just lusting after more tacos.  There are vegan and vego pizza options, with gluten-free bases available as well ($2 extra).

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Mr B wants to point out that they pour a really good Guinness and have a Roberto Sport foosball table.  I love the Coopers and Fat Yak on tap and reading all the graffiti in the toilets.

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And evidently everyone loves the courtyard, bliss on a hot summer's eve.  The hot tip is Tuesdays, for $3 tacos and $3 Tecates.  Now - that noise would be YOU screaming!

28 Napier Street, Footscray
Phone:  9687 2111
Hours:  Tues-Thurs 3pm-1am, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-11pm (closed Mon)

17 comments:

  1. Aren't those chips yummy!! We had dinner there recently and really enjoyed it. And I love all the various sauces on offer. (but quietly, sometimes all I want is a good old fashioned pub burger ... too much to ask? Is this the downside of gentrification?)

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    1. Yes, I hear you :-) But we do love "Le Sandwich" at the Station, $18 and you have to spring for chips on the side but sacre bleu it's good...although sometimes I think we just like to say "LER SOND-WEEEECHer" to each other in bad French accents.

      Maybe Mona Castle are good for a pub burger?

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  2. I've been meaning to eat at The Rev for some time now, as one of my firends works there and I was always a fan of the Arthouse!

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  3. soooo cheap. have you been to pacos tacos in the city?

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    1. No I haven't! I really love Touche Hombre in town.

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  4. Finally a pub in the 'scray that caters to all...we've been going down most Tuesdays for tacos since December, very child friendly. Our four year old takes the UNO cards, if it's just us. Although now we have a group of us going down, there's plenty of fun to be had and cheap at half the price!!

    Dear Temasek: Perhaps the station hotel, if a burger is your persuasion - I guess to keep it cheap and cheerful you need to find a niche and right now Mexican is the flavour of the day...

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    1. That's great! We went to one of the first taco nights and they were sold out by like 7.30pm. They were super apologetic and said they had made more than last week, but still not enough. It's great the Mexy menu is now on all the time!

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  5. It's a shame they have no included some craft tap beers to the menu....

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    1. Ah well - we can't have it all, I 'spose. Just another reason for a pub crawl down to the nearby craft beer-stocking Station!

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  6. Thanks for the tip! Went a bout 6 months ago but the menu wasn'r really kicking yet. We need more pubs round here and there's no way you can be mad with a Mex option. Will us this post to lure some northsiders over to make this our Friday night pubber! Cheers, Antonella

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    1. Thanks Antonella! Yes, been hanging for a proper local pub for ages. Even though it's a bit of a stretch to say it's my local, I'm claiming it is!

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  7. It is a shame the only time I am at The Rev is at 5am, meeting my cycling buddies. Might have to make an evening trip soon.

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  8. That's look delish. Have been dying to find some good local Mexican! Thanks for the recommendation

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  9. I finally made it in for some yummy tacos this past week. $3 tacos that were great!! I woul have no problem paying the regular price since they were some of the best I have had in Oz :-) Thanks for the heads up, Lauren!

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