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lunch at La Condesa on Chapel St Fitzroy


No, not the more famous Chapel St southside, but the little one off Johnston St that is home to Juddy Roller cafe. The former Mughal Indian restaurant on the corner of Chapel and Johnston streets is being refitted as the dining room for the new La Condesa taqueria but, in the meantime, the kitchen is already operating and serving out of a shack at the rear of the property.

You order at the counter and sit al fresco in the yard previously reclaimed and made beautiful by Juddy Roller. Thanks to the readers who alerted me that La Condesa had started trading. I saw yesterday’s sunshine as an indicator that I should wander their way for a Mexican lunch.

There are 2 meat, 1 fish and 2 vegetable tacos. I chose fish, chorizo and mushroom. They’re all good, with the fish being perhaps the best. The modestly sized tacos are $4 each, which doesn’t compare that favourably with the generous sized ones at Los Hermanos in Brunswick, which are $5 and $6. But they’re 3 for $10 at lunchtime, which is reasonable.


Three tacos weren’t a filling meal for me, but I also ordered the corn in a cup, which comes warm with a queso and chilli dressing, which proved to filling and delicious. This place is going to be manically busy once the word spreads. The food is good enough to draw a crowd, and the vibe of Chapel St will see people sitting on the curb to eat come warmer weather.





  1. food is good but a bit undersized. However, the music spoiled the overall experience…in a word: appalling

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