I’ve only heard great things about May Street Larder – specifically about their fantastic breakfast options. A and I tried to visit for breakfast a few months ago, but with a half hour wait for a table on a weekday morning, we decided to head elsewhere. Our second attempt was a lot easier – a dinner reservation made on a Saturday morning for later that evening was taken without any issues.
When we arrived at 6.30pm, the venue was mostly empty. I have to admit that at this point I was a little worried – how can a place so bustling at breakfast and lunch, be nearly deserted on a Saturday evening?
May Street Larder’s dinner menu is Mexican influenced, and is only available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The venue fit out is gorgeous, with lots of wood, stainless steel and white undertones.
A and I decided to order a selection of small dishes, and the first to arrive was the blue tortilla chips with guacamole ($9). The blue colour within these tortilla chips come from the Hopi maize flour used, made from blue corn. We regularly eat these chips at home, mainly because they are a healthier version of corn chips, and they are always super crispy. Unfortunately, the tortilla chips served at May Street Larder were wet, leaving them to become the texture of cardboard, where I could easily manipulate the chip to bend without it snapping in half. When I showed these to the waitress, she said that it was the oil within the chips that make them become like that. The texture of the chips made them inedible, and A and I both decided to leave the dish untouched.
The king prawn and chipotle empanadas ($8) were thankfully delicious, although tiny in size. I loved the flavour of the king prawns, and the crispy exterior.
I’ll order pretty much anything with mushrooms, let alone when it comes in a quesadilla form. The wild mushroom quesadilla with witlof, queso and pickled red onion ($15) was made a little differently than usual, and unfortunately the exterior was really dry. Luckily, the filling of the wild mushrooms was really flavoursome.
A and I also ordered a side of coriander rice ($8). It was a tiny bowl for the price, the rice wasn’t cooked through – leaving it chalky – and it was tasteless. This was another dish we left untouched.
When we initially ordered, we ordered only two tacos – A ordered the baja-style fish taco with coriander, lime and avocado salsa ($6) and I ordered the spicy popcorn chicken taco with cucumber, salsita and chipotle mayo ($6). As we were unhappy with the guacamole and tortilla chips, the chef was kind enough to provide two complimentary tacos – the beef brisket barbacoa with pickled jicama and crumbled queso (A’s favourite item of the evening) and the street-style lamb neck taco with pomegranate, corn and queso. The taco shells were soft and all of the fillings worked well together. My favourite out of the four was the baja-style fish taco.
I was determined to try the Cocowhip ($7) while I was at May Street Larder, and we ordered one bowl to share. On the night we went, the cherry ripe topping for the cocowhip wasn’t available, and we didn’t feel like salted caramel so opted to have it plain. Cocowhip is a vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free soft serve, made from coconut water. For a healthy alternative to one of my favourite foods (ice-cream), this was pretty good.
Overall, A and I were disappointed with our visit to May Street Larder and we wouldn’t return for dinner. But, I am curious to see if breakfast is better, as the feedback on breakfast is overall really positive and I still aim to return to satisfy my curiosity.
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