Just Open: Fonda Mexican, Hawthorn

Fonda Mexican's menu has had a refresh.
Fonda Mexican's menu has had a refresh. Photo: Chris Hopkins

Indicating that Melbourne's fondness for Mexican is yet to wane, the team from Fonda Mexican has just unveiled venue number four in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn.

After flying out LA-based Mexican-American chef Gery Lopez to steer a menu tweak late last year, co-owner Tim McDonald reckons the quality and authenticity of the food offering has scored a major lift.

"When people used to ask me what they should order I'd always point them to the fish tacos and the chicken salad," he says. "Now I don't know what to say – everything's really good. We're loving it."

Colourful: inside Fonda Mexican's newest location.
Colourful: inside Fonda Mexican's newest location. Photo: Tim McNamara

In a prime position alongside Glenferrie station, the spacious old corner site has had a suitably lively fitout via designers Wildhen and architecture firm Techne. Come April, the 120-seat venue will welcome an extra  80 seats thanks to a leafy, all-seasons courtyard at the rear and kerbside seating out front.

It's open daily 11.30am-late.

Fonda Mexican, 653 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, 8686 7360, fondamexican.com.au