Limon brings together an array of Latin American influences on one menu and turns into a dance club environment at nighttime.
Influences range from Mexican to Cuban, with ingredients like nopales and Takis dotting the menu descriptions.
The spacious restaurant has tables facing a large window that opens to the street at the front, booths lining a wall facing the bar towards the back, and a dance floor at the very back, everything decked out in a teal and gold colour scheme.
Guacamole ($7) for a starter is simple but well-executed and heartfelt, house blue and white corn chips crispy and well-seasoned, creamy scratch guac made to order with onion, tomato, pepper, lime and herbs.
Charred corn ($12) from a small sharing plate section of the menu comes in an order of two skewered cobs, so they’re easy to split and eat with your hands.
The avocado crema, cotija, cilantro and Flaming Hot Cheeto dust the nicely charred corn is topped with create a surprising symphony of salty, fatty, bright and spicy.
There’s also an order of three mushroom and nopal quesadillas for $12 in this section of the menu, with Oaxaca cheese and salsa roja.
Isa’s Favourite Coconut Fried Shrimp ($21) combines the beloved flavours of one staff member, the crispy seafood accompanied by juicy pineapple that again has a great char, as well as a habanero pineapple preserve.
The preserve could be a little spicier considering it uses habanero, but ripples with lots of sweet pineapple flavour that complements the sweetness of the coconut shrimp, while still offering a little acidity for balance.
For dessert, there are doughy cinnamon churros ($7) served with a thin chocolate fundido, coconut and mango alfajores ($8), and fried coconut bananas with dulce de leche ($8).
The Red Eclipse ($14) is a mint-forward, sugary combination of gin, fresh raspberry compote, simple syrup, lemon and mint garnished with festive maraschino cherries.
At 10:30 p.m. the kitchen closes, the lights go down and the laser lights go up at the back of the space. Latin dance lessons are held here every Friday night and start at just $15 a lesson, and there are nightly drink and food specials.