The food at Contrabando is not Mexican. Or at least it isn't authentic Mexican. Its more of an homage to the street vendors in Southern California.

With a huge multi cultural populations in southern cali', these street vendors take the ideals of Mexican cuisine - freshness, spice, rich flavours - and mix them with complimentary flavours and the cooking techniques from their homeland.

We like to think that our food can be inhaled in one hand with a margarita in the other. No rules, just fun with flavours.



Some of Our Favorites —



ocean trout ceviche

avocado, citrus, fragrant herb & leche de tigre and chilli


street food.

chargrilled corn

lime, queso fresco, chipotle mayo, coriander

loaded fries

smoked barbecue sauce, nori, jalapeno mayo, pork floss, coriander                           

cheeseburger springrolls

wagyu BEEF, american cheese, caramelised onions, PICKLES, ketchup, mustard and more pickles!

truck stop guac'

avocado, lime, coriander, pico de galo, blue & white corn totopos 

12hr braised beef short rib

SOY, CHILLI & GINGER marinade, BABY carrots, crisp eschallots, JALAPEÑO kewpie





chipotle chicken

mushrooms, adobo vinaigrette, sumac yoghurt, coriander

el macco GRANDE

all beef pattie, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed tortilla



crispy fish

tomatillo, chipotle mayo, pico de galo, coriander

spicy pulled chicken

lemongrass mayo, fresh tomato salsa, fragrant herb 'slaw

braised bulgogi beef cheeks

guac’, jalapeno mayo , eschallot salsa, ’slaw      





old school with cinnamon sugar and spiced chocolate sauce






131 Macquarie St Sydney, 2000



Mon / 12 pm – 3 pm

Tue – Fri / 12 pm – 12 am

Sat / 5 pm – 12 am

Closed Sundays



(02) 9231 0049



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We're doing something new in 2018…

After all these years with a great following, we have decided to take it to the next level.

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