234 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
In a turn of events I’ve found myself on bed rest in hospital, AGAIN! And as much as I love hospital food (sarcasm much?), I look forward to the days my husband picks up dinner on his way in to see me. I must say, if you get stuck in hospital you really want it to be inner city. I’m fortunate enough to be based in East Melbourne, which means some of the best eateries in town are just a hop, skip and a jump away (well not for me, but for anyone I can convince to do a food run).
Earlier this week I got to tick Trippy Taco off my huge list of places to visit. I’ve wanted to check it out for ages, but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened, and after taking the first bite out of my burrito, I immediately regretted the wait. Why oh why had I not tried this goodness sooner?
As the name suggests Trippy Taco offers great quality and delicious Mexican food with a bit of a twist, their entire offering is vegetarian with vegan options avaliable. You read right, I said vegan and delicious in the same sentence. Now that’s not intended to insult the vegan community, more to inform the rest of world that vegan food done right can actually be really good. Visit on any night of the week and you’ll find this Gertrude Street restaurant full of hungry diners and just as many popping in to get meals on the run.
The menu covers all of your Mexican staples like tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos, plus a couple of not so common options like tamales. Being vegetarian, you won’t find your standard chicken fajitas or beef burritos, but what you get instead are incredibly fresh and flavoursome plant based fillings.
We tried the Tofu Asada Burrito (large wheat flour tortilla wrap, with chargrilled tofu, goats cheese, mozzarella, salad, guacamole and a squeeze of fresh lime), Trippy’s Original Burrito (large wheat flour tortilla wrap, black beans, salad, salsa and mozzarella), Trippy Corn (chargrilled spiced corn cobs with kewpie mayo and percorino) and the Nachos (corn tortilla chips topped with smokey ranchero sauce, with melted mozzarella, black beans, fresh salsa, guacamole and sour cream).
The first thing that struck me was just how good the tortilla was, it was soft and fresh, nothing like the rubbery wraps you often get in Mexican restaurants. These awesome wraps encased a mix of really high quality and super tasty filings. The tofu was delicious and had some serious kick, so if you’re not big on spicy food, maybe pass on this one. The beans were just as good. The bean, salad and cheese mixture was so fresh and surprisingly light, it really didn’t have the heaviness that tends to come with legumes. I’m not usually a fan of beans, but I have to say I really enjoyed this burrito.
As good as the burritos were, the real highlight of the meal was the amazing sides, like OMG, finger licking good. That corn was divine. It was juicy and well seasoned, all of which was accentuated by the kewpie mayo. I’m salivating just thinking about it. Whenever anyone talks about corn they immediately refer to the iconic corn at Mamasita. Let me tell you this corn really rivals the Mamasita offering and I’d almost go as far as saying that I preferred the Trippy Taco version.
The Nachos were also really good. The super crispy homemade corn chips were topped with great quality condiments, showing us exactly how nachos should be done.
So if you’ve been a bit apprehensive to visit a vegetarian restaurant, this is definitely the place to visit. It’ll put all of your concerns to bed and excite your taste buds at the same time.