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Latin Inspired So-Cal Street Food

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 —


nikkei ceviche.

yellowfin tuna 'san choi bow' / avocado, citrus, fragrant herb & bamboo shoot 'slaw, lettuce cups


street food.

chargrilled corn / lime,  queso fresco, chipotle mayo, coriander

loaded fries / smoked barbecue sauce, nori, jalapeno mayo, pork floss, coriander               

crispy chicken skins / buffalo style, chipotle hot sauce, buttermilk ranch             

cheeseburger spring rolls / wagyu, american cheese, pickles, mustard, caramelised onions, ketchup   

truck stop guac’ / avocado, lime, coriander, pico de galo, blue corn totopos 

nachos / duck confit, white beans, meredith goats curd, coriander, guajillo chilli jam      





chipotle chicken / mushrooms, adobo vinaigrette, sumac yoghurt, coriander

late season figs / thyme, agave, pistachio,  meredith goats curd



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      

bangalow pork belly / soy pickled shiitake mushrooms, kewpie, guacamole, ’slaw                   



churros waffles / fried banana,  cinnamon doughnut ice cream

watermelon mojito popsicles / served old school, on a stick






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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