Mexican cuisine has long been a favourite of beachside dwellers, and La Diosa Mexicana gives us some of the best. Bowing down to the goddess of all things Mexican, La Diosa pays homage to vibrant, fresh Mexican food: small bites to party on, tacos for a quick lunch, margaritas to lead into the weekend and sangrias to prepare for the week ahead.
Co-owner Danny Azzi’s twenty years’ experience in hospitality industry is evident in his Circle on Cavill restaurant. From a family of restaurateurs (Kazbah Group), the former owner/chef of Gringo Loco on the Esplanade brings us a fresh, artistic take on Mexico – colourful window boxes filled with cacti and succulents, bright soft furnishings, aquamarine tiles and wrought iron tables.
La Diosa raises the bar on its appetiser or party menu. Beautifully presented platters of finger food accompany sexy cocktails with a bite of chilli. Combinations of botanas and tostadas include Scallop and chorizo, Salmon and avocado with edamame beans, and Chicken wings with agave, as well as finger food-sized empanadas and the delicious house-made corn molotes. What shines through is a passion for freshness and great ingredients.
Another point of difference in the menu is Danny’s reference to the influences of his own Lebanese heritage on Mexican cuisine.
From the 1890s, immigrants from Lebanon had settled in Mexico, opening restaurants which introduced their own foods such as dates, kibbeh and tabbouleh as well as shawarma or spit-roast methods of preparation to Mexican cuisine. It’s these ‘tacos al pastor’ (spit-grilled meat tacos), which took on quintessential Mexican flavours, that are a specialty of La Diosa, as well as slow-cooked shoulder of pork marinated in pineapple and orange juice, with the flavours of chipotle, chilli and garlic used in burritos, nachos and quesadillas that round out the menu.
The choice is almost overwhelming for its difference. Fresh Baja snapper tacos with tomatillo salsa take our eye on the menu, as well as poke bowls of fresh Atlantic salmon, edamame and salad on black rice, topped with chipotle mayo, chilli-lime dressing and flying fish roe.
Otherwise, indulge in the Fiesta de la Diosa, an endless feast for the gods for $39pp, including flaming cacti for dessert (a cacti-shaped sweetcorn and salted caramel ice-cream Bombe Alaska with berries, doused in mezcal and set alight at the table).
With an extensive range of margaritas, tequila cocktails and mezcals on offer, the night is yet young! There’s two hours’ free parking available in Circle on Cavill (validated by the restaurant). With the Q:Link station right outside the front entrance of the centre, there’s no reason to miss out on a great time at La Diosa. After all, it’s the food and nectar of the goddess!
Specials include: Taco Tuesday ($3 Al Pastor tacos), Thirsty Thursdays ($10 margaritas all day); Sangria Sundays ($8 Sangrias all day); $15 express lunch, with a beer or sangria $20.
Circle on Cavil, 3184 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise Ph: 07 5592 4343
Open Mon – Fri 11.30 am – late; Sat – Sun 8am – late