by the partae

Sparked by a desire to plate up mouth-watering Mexican like no other, leading culinary institution,  Fonda, was born from humble beginnings. 

Over a decade ago, Tim McDonald and Dave Youl were on a mission to satisfy their cravings for  fresh, flavour-packed Mexican food in a venue that felt like home. When they noticed a gap in the  Australian market, a light-bulb moment followed. The pair set off on a culinary expedition across  Mexico, scouting the best bites and most welcoming hangouts in the country. Returning inspired,  with full bellies and big dreams, the duo dived into their restaurant venture. Fonda was born.  

Transporting the heart and soul of Mexico to Australian shores, Fonda burst onto the scene in 2010  with a flagship in Swan Street, Richmond. The monumental launch attracted hour-long queues and  earned the brand a cult following. Fonda has since become synonymous with perfected Mexican  street food, with standouts including its legendary tacos and moreish margaritas. 

Following enormous consumer demand, nine restaurants have opened across Sydney and  Melbourne. Locations include Richmond, Windsor, Hawthorn, Knox, Chadstone, Flinders Lane,  Collingwood, Surry Hills and Bondi, and for Fonda fans with an appetite for more – watch this space! 

No matter which restaurant diners head to, they can expect Fonda’s signature relaxed atmosphere, welcoming hospitality, and playful décor popping with bright injections of colour. In Mexico, a ‘fonda’ is a home that serves the community delicious and simple food that has been lovingly  

prepared. Inspired by this concept, Fonda’s menu encourages guests to take a memorable culinary  journey together, fuelled with high-quality, fresh, Australian produce. 

Hungry diners’ only task is to pick from the extensive list of fan favourites found on the eat-in and  takeaway menus. The coveted offering includes market-fresh fish tacos, herbed mushroom quesadillas, slow-cooked beef brisket burritos, grilled corn, and nachos with house-made guacamole and pico de gallo, to name a few. 

A show-stopping cocktail list transports diners to a beach side Mexican bar, where thirsts can be quenched by an   impressive range of margaritas featuring classic, chilli   mango and watermelon & lime, alongside a selection of   cerveza, cider, local vino and non-alcoholic beverages.  Inside the kitchen, Tim and Dave have nurtured the  hospitality teams like their own family, building a positive  and engaging culture that glows from the inside out.  What sets Fonda apart from the competition extends far  beyond the menu. The commitment to its guests and dedication to continually inspiring and developing its  team is what delivers the unique experience diners know  and love. 

As the saying goes, “mi casa, su casa”, so head to a Fonda near you to experience the Mexican  magic.

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