Fonda Mex­i­can is set for Chad­stone.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - BY DAN STOCK The Chad­stone din­ing precinct opens Thurs­day.

“TO BE hon­est, we were anti-shop­ping cen­tre, as they gen­er­ally haven’t been up to scratch. But we were re­ally im­pressed with the vi­sion at Chad­stone,” says Tim Mcdon­ald of Fonda Mex­i­can.

So im­pressed, they are one of seven “name” restau­rants that will make up the new din­ing ter­race precinct as part of the $660 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the cen­tre, set to be un­veiled this week. The other tenants in­clude Neil Perry’s Burger Project, wood­fired pizza pi­o­neers Wood­stock, dumpling mas­ters New Shang­hai, Viet­namese ex­perts Mama’s Buoi, Ja­panese snack mavens Marae Iza­kaya, and Mezz Food and Wine from the team be­hind Flem­ing­ton’s Smith + Sin­gle­ton.

“They’re op­er­a­tors we’re proud to be sit­ting among,” Mcdon­ald says. “Peo­ple do raise an eye­brow when we say we’re go­ing to Chad­stone, but we think it’s the per­fect fit for the Fonda brand.”

Mcdon­ald says the clincher was the huge amount of nat­u­ral light that lends the space a mag­netic ap­peal. That light comes from the grid­shell roof made up of more than 2700 glass panes. It’s one of the defin­ing fea­tures of the de­vel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to Vicin­ity Cen­tres CEO An­gus Mcnaughton. “Our vi­sion re­flects Mel­bourne’s rep­u­ta­tion as Aus­tralia’s din­ing cap­i­tal,” he says. Fonda Chad­stone joins the Rich­mond, Hawthorn, Knox and Flin­ders Lane restau­rants and will be a sim­i­lar size to the bustling Wind­sor branch.

A com­pa­ra­ble menu – tacos, que­sadil­las and bur­ri­tos – will be of­fered, with late-night din­ing late in the week. Come sum­mer, look out for the ice cream taco.

As for the sug­ges­tion the Mex­i­can wave has washed over Mel­bourne, Mcdon­ald is adamant it’s not a fad. “The new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Mex­i­can will be around for a while, as the fun­da­men­tals of the cui­sine are good. It ticks the boxes in what peo­ple look for in a meal. Sim­ple, af­ford­able, in­ter­est­ing food. I like to think we’re in­no­va­tive enough to move with the times.”

Fonda Mex­i­can’s Tim Mcdon­ald and David Youl un­der the Chad­stone din­ing precinct’s grid­shell roof.

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