Fonda has opened the doors to its new Windsor restaurant, this is exciting. What is more exciting is they have also opened a new bar Atico upstairs. I don’t even know where to start. The tacos? The Tequila? The cute little frames on the wall? How about I start by sharing some of the chat I had with co-owner Tim McDonald. That might be better.
In light of the new liquor license at Fonda, I asked Tim a few questions to get to the bottom of their tequila heavy drinks list.
Amy: How does the new Fonda differ from the original? Can we expect the same things?
Tim: In substance it doesn’t! It is the same core offering of our high quality, but reasonably priced food, in an environment where we hope everyone feels at home. However, our new space has the added element of having a stand-alone bar upstairs (Called ‘Atico’), we fits in with the vibrant bar and nightlife scene in Windsor.
Amy: What do you want Fonda to be for people?
Tim: We want Fonda to be a premium quality offering in a homely setting, for a reasonable price. This encapsulates the concept of a ‘Fonda’ in Mexico, where a restaurant is run out of a family home. Our aim is for the Fonda experience to be suitable for anything from a last minute mid-week feed, to a night out with friends or family on a special occasion.
Amy: What can people expect from the drinks list at Fonda Windsor?
Tim: From our house made Aguas Frescas (non-alcoholic) to our Tequila based cocktails and imported Mexican beers, our guests are encouraged to try new drinks they may have never experienced before. We don’t serve VB, we don’t serve bourbon and we don’t serve coca cola, but there are plenty of places in the area who do.
Amy: How did you go about creating your drinks list?
Tim: We had a collaborative process with Matt Clarebrough from Tequila Tromba (ex Mamasita) and Josh Hoff (ex Der Raum). That and quite a few tasting sessions!
Amy How do you think the drinks list works with the food menu?
Tim: The wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks were carefully selected to compliment the food offering. For example, the ‘Agua Frescas’ a non-alcoholic drink, serves to cool the effects of a spicy dish.
Amy: What is your take on Tequila?
Tim: There is a yawning gulf between 100% Agave and Mixto Tequila. More and more Australian’s are beginning to understand and appreciate the difference.
Amy: What is your favourite thing to drink at Fonda? What is your go-to meal at Fonda?
Tim: Beef Burrito and a fish taco, washed down with a Pacifico or Lychee & Elderflower Frozen Margarita ( Tromba 100% Agave tequila, cloudy apple juice, elderflower extract, lychees).
The food at Fonda is spot on. The fish tacos have to be my favorite and this food is being taken upstairs to Atico with the new Fonda Catering.
When it comes to the drinks list at Atico, the small cocktail list is tequila heavy with guest appearances from local spirits The West Winds Gin and 666 Vodka. My drinks of choice would be the Tommy’s Margarita with Tromba Tequila or the Spanked Gin Smash with The West Winds Gin.