The Restaurant Revolution has well and truly started at South Bank.
John, along with his live-in girlfriend of four years, Justine, and her mother, Maggie are flying the flag for Brisbane on Channel Seven’s new culinary show and have their sights firmly set on a Mexican restaurant with an Asian twist.
John and Justine’s love affair with tacos started during an epic seven-month tour of Central and South America in 2012. They devoured so many fish tacos during their travels that they were left despondent when they returned to their Sunshine Coast home, only to discover none of the local Mexican restaurants served anything even close to the perfection they had been eating daily in Mexico. So, taking matters into their own hands (and seeing a niche in the market), they decided to start their own food truck.
With their food already receiving the tick of approval from Neil Perry, we took five with the Brisbane Team to talk all things ‘East meets Mex…’
Why did you enter Restaurant Revolution?
We were at a food truck event and were approached by Channel 7 to apply. We were in the process of planning a small restaurant as our headquarters/port to run our food truck out of.
What do you hope to gain from the experience?
Fun, knowledge and experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
What’s the reason behind the theme for your restaurant?
We love Mexican and Asian food! We feel in love with the Mexican coastal food, in particular the fish tacos. So we thought, why not a fusion?
What’s the meaning of your restaurant name?
We wanted a home base for our food truck…a ‘port.’ Puerto means ‘port’ in Spanish and the first place we had fish and prawn tacos was in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. Our food truck was named ‘Puerto Taco’ so we dropped the ‘Taco’ as we’ve ‘restrauntised’ our food and become the bigger version of our vision.
Puerto is located on the Corner of Russell St and Grey St, South Bank and are open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday – 12pm to 4pm and Dinner Wednesday to Saturday – 6pm to 11pm.