REVIEWS

Taqueria Super Macho: beachy tacos and generous guac

by: Angie Kwon
14 Jun 2019
Restaurant   Te Quiero Mucho
Address   286 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong.
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Taqueria Super Macho, the hippest new Mexican (and Tex-Mex) in town just opened at Yardbird’s old location at Bridges Street. The newest venture by Black Sheep Restaurants, Taqueria Super Macho is inspired by the taco shacks that spill into the beachy streets of Baja and Jalisco, offering authentic Mexican street of tacos and summery cocktails.

The dynamic of the restaurant hasn’t changed much since Yardbird, airy, with the bar at the corner and the windows wall-high. But the vibe is certainly a lot more festive with pink neon lights and beachy graffiti lining the sides of the bar.

The menu at first glance is quite surprising. The menu is divided into a selection of tacos, ceviche and other entrees. Soon after sitting down, we were served the signature mango margarita with a generous basket of tortilla chips and guacamole. The guacamole is fresh as it comes, chunky, strongly lemony and with a tiny lingering spice, while the house chips were fresh-crisp. For the price, at a HK$68,  it’s a must-order entree. The mango margarita was more like an adult slushie, a holiday drink piled high with mangoey shaved ice. The drinks here don’t mess around, some sweeter, some spicier, all definitely packing some kind of punch. They quickly condition the diners into the restaurant’s beachy narrative.

Then came the chicken tostada. Flat on a plate, is a corn tortilla diligently holding up a mountain of toppings. An ginormous load of spiced chicken stacked high with guacamole, herbs, onions and pickled cauliflower. The cauliflower was the superstar of this show, its crunchiness really balancing out the texture of the otherwise soft dish. This was hands down our favourite dish of the evening.

We chose a medley of three tacos: the signature baja fish, the shrimp and the steak. Strangely so, the signature fish was a hit or miss. Some tacos were perfectly cooked while others were a little drier than expected.

But that was easily forgotten as we were soon distracted by the incredible array of salsas available. The tacos were served with around a dozen little cups filled with a variety of salsas from the mildest to the hottest, a variety of toppings from sour cream, bacon and pineapple, as well as a generous amount of lime quarters.

The shrimp with the sour cream, coleslaw and lime was an absolute delight, while we paired the adobo steak with a generous amount of diced onions, lime and green salsa. The corn tortilla itself was absolutely authentic, and easily the best part of the tacos.

Overall we expect Taqueria Super Macho to be an easy hit. Good vibes, amazing price-to-quality, cheeky cocktails and incredible service. A spicy, beachy little vacuum in the heart of Soho.

Te Quiero Mucho

Cuisine   The Americas
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A spicy, beachy little vacuum in the heart of Soho.

— Angie Kwon