United Latino Cocina ULC, Adelaide

United Latino Cocina ULC

Just off Rundle Mall on Francis Street (corner of David Jones Roger David) lies ULC, short for United Latino Cocina, the sister restaurant to the vastly popular Mexican restaurant in Bedford Park, Lucky Lupitas. Good news for most as the long trek out south and the long waiting lines to get into Lucky Lupitas was usually a deterrent. The brand new mamasita venue was bright, modern and had an industrial feel with an open ‘steely’ kitchen, seating inside and outside with long communal tables indoors and a bar bench, and a retro feature on the back wall.

Our quick Mexican lunch stash:

United Latino Cocina ULC
Jarritos: tamarind flavoured Mexican soda
Frickin’ fish taco

The nachos were crisp and dry with a heap of seasoning accompanied with a light and refreshing salsa sauce. Perfect snack. The frickin’ fish taco was delicious! Fresh and light with bursts of flavour and sweetness from the grilled pineapple salsa and mayonnaise; and so much crunch from the shredded lettuce, pickled jalapeno and slaw with a crispy snapper sitting on top of the mound. It did get a bit messy to eat cause of the generous amount of ingredients given but it was so tasty that the mess was well worth it. The ULC dog was humungous! The grilled chorizo sausage had a nice spicy kick to it and was surprisingly not overly fatty or greasy; although a bit on the ‘salty’ side – constant swigs from the jarritos had to be taken to temper down ones palate. A generous slather of black bean mash was on both inner sides of the jalapeno bun (more punchy flavour with each bite) holding together the chorizo, lettuce, salsa, creamy jalapeno slaw, crispy red onions and topped with dry cheese. Delicious!

I foresee many more lunch dates at ULC seeing how close it is to work! Woo~


United Latino Cocina ULC
Shop G20 77 Rundle Mall
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8232 0674

Opening hours
Mon-Thu 8am-4pm
Fri 8am-9pm
Sat 10.30am-4pm
Sun Closed

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6 comments for “United Latino Cocina ULC, Adelaide

  1. July 25, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    hah, you get your way there! I wanted to try it since it was opened,but just cant find this Francis st. lol

    • dee
      July 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Just realised I said David Jones instead of Roger David! It’s on the corner of Roger David (I think it’s Roger David!) and some jewellery store – opposite Cotton On/Peter Alexander ish… Hope that helps. Somewhat! Hehe

      • July 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        aha! I think I know where it is now. I must have gone past the place so many times. Cheers

  2. July 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Good review! Looks promising. The black bean looks very interreesting… Is the food fairly quick for lunch (as we generally only get 1 hour breaks)?

    • dee
      July 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Thanks! 🙂 The food was fairly quick for us but we came after lunch hour around 2.30ish. Don’t think you’ll find too much of a problem with an hour lunch break but I could be wrong!

  3. Cat
    August 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    @ThealphabetofFood: a group of 4 of us went at 12:30 and the place was full, but emptied out within an hour. It’s a tight squeeze in 1 hour but doable. I now understand why I didn’t like this place very much – I haaaaaaated Lucky Lupitas, and found ULC to be ‘nice’, but I wouldn’t rush back there. I am starting to realise I don’t like authentic Mexican food very much :s Also, if you’re not good with heat, be careful of the waitress at ULC that describes Habanero as “one notch” above sweet chilli sauce!!!!!

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