We caught up with Jose Artidiello, the man behind Mexican Plant based restaurant and bar Bad Hombres.. He shared the story behind some of the best Plant based food going around town…
“We started Bad Hombres as a pop up just over 4 years ago, originally we were a 50% plant-based restaurant, but after so much success with the plant based menu we wanted to make the transition to a fully plant based menu. After our Bondi Pop up had wrapped we knew we wanted to stay for good, but the Mexican food market was quite saturated at the time, and realized we would have trouble competing in it unless we differentiate ourselves in a radical way, so we decided to make the change. The PLANT-BASED industry was getting more and more traction and since it already comprised half of our menu, the solution to our predicament was right there.
It was shocking for many at the beginning to hear of a PLANT-BASED MEXICAN restaurant due to the misconception we have of Mexican food; meat-oriented, dairy heavy and unhealthy, but once you realize how different that is from real authentic Mexican food, and how the basis of the cuisine actually consists of a combination of grains, chilis, and spices—it is a no brainer.
We wanted to create a place not only with good food and drinks (our wine list consists of all-natural and minimal-intervention vegan wines, as well as a full tequila and mezcal based cocktail bar), but also good vibes; The music, curated by me ranges from 80’s Australian rock, 90’s party hits, Punk and Mexican POP that somehow blends together to create the best ambiance any night of the week.
We are not your average Mexican Restaurant, and we like to showcase it in any way we can.
Fast forward a few years and we are one of the most recognizable names in Sydney for both, Mexican and Plant-based food.
We just finished a summer pop-up at a popular location in Bondi, and are in plans of expanding to the inner west as well as moving to a bigger site in Surry Hills within the next year. Our menu is designed to be shared, and although we are suitable for individual ordering, we encourage people to share a few plates instead to get the full experience”