Maiz is the new King Street Eatery serving Mexican street food in an outdoor courtyard – Concrete Playground


Update: Maiz serves her full menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. for take-out and delivery via UberEats and Doordash during the Sydney lockdown. Those who collect their order can also treat themselves to a section of Mexican beers, wines and well-watered aguas frescas.

Walking down King Street in search of lunch can be a daunting task. The sheer number of options spanning all price points is enough to stress anyone out. Newtown’s newest addition, Maiz, is here to make that choice easier, offering all-day Mexican brunch and local coffee in small batches in a lovely open-air courtyard.

Maiz started out as a family food stall at the Summer Hill Flourmill Markets by her brother and sister Juan Carlos Negrete and Marissa Negrete, and their respective partners Freija Brandie and Carlos Levet. The team started out by selling sopes, a thick torilla of corn topped with toppings. They were Maiz’s biggest sellers in Flour Hill markets and remain Maiz’s best-selling restaurant dish to this day.

Maiz’s team made the jump to a brick and mortar restaurant in early 2021, finding a historic 1830s building in a prime position in the bustling atmosphere of South King Street. Juan Carlos Negrete said Concrete playground he originally planned to open in the eastern suburbs, but fell in love with the western interior through the Flour Hill Markets.

“It’s a city vibe, full of grounded and hardworking people, full of diversity and incredibly artistic. The buzz you get in this part of Sydney is the closest buzz we get on the streets of Mexico. concept of street food could only make sense in this environment, ”said Negrete.

Maiz’s menu is inspired by when Negrete lived in the central region of Mexico. The careful selection of lunch options deliberately steers away from tacos and instead highlights other mainstays of Mexican cuisine. Along with the sopes, you’ll find thick corn flatbread tlacoyos topped with combinations like eggs, shallots, queso salado, two types of salsa, and filled with black beans. Negrete says this tlacoyos divorciados is his choice on the menu.

“It’s such a beautiful dish that reminds me of the markets of Cholula when I was a student. Tlacoyo is one of the oldest snacks prepared by the indigenous cultures of Mexico and the ‘divorciado’ is a variation that we decided on. to do, “he said. .

Alternatively, indulge in tortas de longaniza, a Mexican sandwich-like dish that combines scrambled eggs with green chorizo, fermented cabbage, and chipotle mustard mayonnaise, or share a serving of chilaquiles burrata – topped corn chips. of burrata, onions, radish and chili oil.

Fresh pastries are offered by Pancho Bakery and the coffee comes from Sydney’s Madding Crowd Coffee roaster. Cocoa is also available which is mixed with hot or cold water and comes at your requested strength between 35 and 100 percent cocoa. Newtown-based China Ceramics, a clay artist who divides his time between Clay Sydney and Maiz of Marrickville, has his handmade mugs and other clay products on display and for sale inside. And, those looking to make your brunch a little more boozy, you can complement your brunch with a Maiz range selection of mezcal, tequila, Mexican beers, and Mexican-inspired cocktails.

While the new West Indoor Spot is currently only open until 2:30 p.m., extended trading hours and a dinner menu are slated for the next couple of months, so keep your eyes peeled for an ad on Maiz’s Instagram.

Maiz Mexican Street Food is located at 415 King Street, Newtown. It is open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.

Images: Debbie Gallulo

Posted on June 30, 2021 by

Ben hansen

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