Owner breathes new life into Caringbah Cafe with Mexican inspired menu

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Amongst the many mangrove trees in Woolooware Bay is a cafe-restaurant that showcases the tasty flavours and traditional food of Mexico.

The Mangrove Shack in Taren Point is known to serve the best-tasting tacos and tortas in town and the locals just can't get enough - take it from us!

We sat down with owner and Mexican master, Jason Crowe, who revealed what it takes to run a business and chatted through his food and drink creations that make it all worth while.

Where The Mangroves Meet Mexico

If you haven’t been to Mexico, home to sweeping mountains, tropical waters and some of the tastiest food there is don't worry because eating at this cafe will take you straight there.

Jason and his team create delicious menu items fresh each day that come packed with authentic Mexican flavour. Some of our favourites are his specialty tacos, burritos and empanadas. YUM!

The Mangrove Shack brings you the pride of Mexico through our tasty menu. We offer tacos, empanadas, and tortas that will give customers a hint of what it’s like living in Latin America. Our beloved cafe will give you a reason to love Mexico and its food and to want to visit The Mangrove Shack for more.”

Jason Crowe, The Mangrove Shack Owner

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Serving World-Famous Food From Latin American 

Now let's taco-bout this Mexican menu, see what we did there...

To get a true taste of Mexico order yourself a savoury torta, a crispy roll that comes loaded with a variety of fillings that'll tingle your tastebuds.

You can choose from the cheesy veal schnitzel, potato and chorizo and pulled pork tortas, as well as a bacon and egg one to cure your morning craving. 

You also can't go wrong with a traditional and freshly made empanada, a traditional Latin American baked savoury pastry.

Just some of the tasty fillings The Mangrove Shack offers for their empanadas are chicken, tuna, pulled pork, spinach, feta and more.

Tell us about the positive impact your business makes on the Shire community and beyond.

"Bringing new flavours to town."

The homemade crunchy tacos are a true classic that will transport you straight to Mexico, some of our favourite flavours are the pulled pork and fish taco but they're all mexcellent!

What was the inspiration to start your business?

"A book called The Taco Book."

If you need a quick fix or something that's suitable to takeaway order yourself a burrito. They come with beans, cheese, salsa, a filling of choice and guac - be sure to ask for extra you can never have too much, am I right?

You can check out The Mangrove Shack's entire menu here.

Coffee Lovers Are Always Welcome

If you need a little pick-me-up after your Mexican fiesta The Mangrove Shack also serves up specialty drinks and coffee.

Whether your go-to order is a black coffee, creamy latte or a piping hot cappuccino, The Mangrove Shack team know how to make an impressive morning brew.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

“My dreams often get interrupted by the thought of customers waiting in line for their coffee. I wake up and tell myself, ‘I have to get them their daily dose of caffeine,’ and then I immediately prepare for the day.”

To add to the impressive drink menu The Mangrove Shack can also whip up mean iced coffees, iced chocolates, iced mochas and even affogatos.

Many customers enjoy the quiet and peaceful ambience of the cafe, being at the back of Taren Point. With a convenient bike track right outside the Shack many even combine a coffee date with morning ride.

“I am a coffee lover myself. That’s why I understand how crucial it is to have a cup of coffee in one hand and a torta, empanada, or taco in the other. This sounds like a delicious combo that everyone in the Shire community deserves.” 

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The Man Behind The Mangrove Shack

Owner, Jason Crowe, describes himself as a fun-loving, comical individual who's passionate about his Mexican cafe and welcomes each customer with a smile and sombrero.

Only joking about the sombrero - but wouldn't that be fun?

He shared a look into his life from his interests, to family life and why he (of course) loves our Sutherland Shire so much.

What do you love about The Shire?

"The ocean and not leaving it — The Shire that is. I have to leave the ocean or I get too wrinkly."

Share one of your greatest personal achievements.

Convincing my wife that it would be a good idea to marry me.

What brings you great happiness?

That my wife still thinks it's a good idea to be married to me.

Share the mission of your business.

"To educate and satiate."

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The Mangrove Shack’s Vision

Shire local Jason, also shared some of his tips for how to run a business and what he hopes the future of The Mangrove Shack looks like.

How do you define business success?

Repeat customers.

“It makes us ecstatic when customers return to our Taren Point cafe. It means one thing, they loved our food on their first visit, so they came back for more.”

What do you consider to be one of your business super skills?

Rolling up the sleeves.

What is a business obstacle or challenge you have overcome?

Hiring good staff.

Jason admitted that he wants his cafe to get bigger, serve more and bring new flavours to the Shire. He wants locals to experience what a true Mexican cafe is like.

Is there someone in your business you'd love to give a big 'thank you' to and why?

"Every single one of them for being crazy enough to jump on board with me".


Become A Mangrove Shack Loyalty Member

Earn points and redeem exclusive Deals and Discounts happening from The Mangrove Shack, simply fill out the form below to become a VIP. They have a GREAT one-time offer waiting for you inside the Shire Rewards app just for signing up!


Visit The Mangrove Shack Today!

Location: 2-4 Northumberland Rd, Caringbah
Phone: 0414 750 569
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6am- 3pm, Saturday 7am- 12pm and Sunday closed.
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