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Where to find the best tacos in Hong Kong

by: Abegaile Legaspi
06 Nov 2019

When it comes to the south-of-the-border food scene, don’t sleep on Hong Kong – there may not be a taco joint on every corner, but the city definitely has some solid options. Turn your meal into a fiesta and make every day #TacoTuesday with our pick of the best tacos in town.

Los Sotano

For the sexiest Mexican in town, head down, literally, to Los Sotano. Helmed by chef Abel Ortiz, who cut his teeth at Central in Lima, Peru (no. 6, World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019), the underground bar and restaurant features authentic Mexican fare with a twist. Go for their signature street tacos such as the Al Pastor (HK$50) with spit-roasted pork shoulder and grilled pineapple or the Lobster Drunk on Tequila (HK$70), with Avion tequila-marinated lobster and topped with the impressive homemade guac. Wash it down with a margarita or three – the knowledgeable bar staff make some of the best in the city. Make sure to drop by on a Tuesday (duh!) to enjoy 50% off on all their taco offerings (except lobster).

Los Sotano, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central, +852 2970 3779; www.lossotano.com

 

Te Quiero Mucho Taqueria

Feast on all your Mexican faves at the latest southside hotspot, Te Quiero Mucho Taqueria. Designed with the rich and vibrant street culture of Mexico in mind, Ovolo Southside’s eatery features a selection of quality tacos like the Veracruz fish (HK$65) with seared catch of the day and pickled jalapeno, and an elevated take on the classic carnitas (HK$48), featuring pork confit, pickled onions and pico de gallo. If you’re feeling a little indulgent, got for the taco platter (HK$268) featuring six house signatures.

Turn your meal into a fiesta with their refreshing cocktails, or help yourself to a frozen margarita (HK$98) from the on-site slushy machine.

Te Quiero Mucho Taqueria, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang,  +852 3460 8157; www.tqm.hk

Picoso

Could this be Lai Chi Kok’s best-kept secret? Located in an industrial building, Tex-Mex eatery Picoso offers a selection of tacos from mixed mushrooms (HK$88) to classic smoked pulled pork (HK$94), which you can have in a soft or hard shell. Picoso also serves a range of other Tex-Mex faves, from chimichangas to fajitas and more.

Picoso, 1/F, Elite Industrial Centre, 883 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Lai Chi Kok, +852 2743 8004; www.facebook.com/picosomexican/

11 Westside

Helmed by chef Esdras Ochoa (who you might recognise from Netflix series The Final Table), 11 Westside presents south-of-the-border fare made with the freshest local and finest imported ingredients. With a side of their made-at-your-table guacamole, dig into favourites such as the carne asada (HK$58) with grilled USDA prime flank marinated in a Mexican-style ponzu, or the mango shrimp (HK$58) with pico de gallo and chipotle aioli. All tacos are served in handmade corn tortilla. 

11 Westside, 1/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town +852 9300 8068 (WhatsApp); www.11westside.com

Taqueria Super Macho

Build you own taco at this Baja and Jalisco-style Bridges Street spot. Inspired by roadside eateries from Mexico, Taqueria Super Macho, which bills itself as an ‘après-surf’ joint, serves sharing plates of partially dressed tacos for you to build with your amigos, like their signature Shrimp a la Plancha (HK$38) with chipotle chilli, achiote and salsa roja, or the spicy habanero-marinated steak (HK$38) with red chilli-spiced beef tenderloin and salsa verde. Cool off with a classic piña colada (HK$98) or go crazy for the tequila-based Jarrito Loco (HK$98) with raspberry, grapefruit, citrus and jalapeno liqueur.

Taqueria Super Macho, 33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, +852 2333 0111; www.taqueriasupermacho.com

Tequila on Davis

Every night’s a fiesta at Tequila on Davis. Presenting delicious Mexican fare alongside a great range of tequila, this K-Town eatery has long been a neighbourhood fave and dishes up great tacos like chicken (HK$158) or chorizo (HK$165) loaded with your choice of fillings. Top it off with their take on a margarita, the signature Passion-rita (HK$98) with Patron Blanco, passionfruit pulp and grapefruit juice.

Tequila on Davis, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, +852 2818 1766; www.tequilaondavis.com.hk

El Macho

Nestled on the corner of Sai Ying Pun’s Third and Eastern Streets, Tex-Mex joint El Macho presents a selection of all-time faves from tacos to fajitas and everything in between. At HK$78 for two pieces, not to be missed are their fish tacos with grouper, guac, sour cream and salsa, and the pulled pork variety with premium USA pork. Pair it with a classic El Jimador tequila-based margarita (HK$68 during happy hour) – served in a skull glass, of course.

El Macho, 1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2523 2488; www.facebook.com/elmachohk

Brickhouse

Step up your late-night eats game at Brickhouse. Featuring a range of elevated classics as well as healthy and vegetarian options, there’s something to suit anyone’s palate at the Central crowd’s favourite after-hours spot. Indulge in gluten-free tacos like the Prawn to be Wild (HK$65) with spicy pico de gallo and chipotle aioli, or follow in B.I.G’s footsteps and try out the Piggie Smalls (HK$65) with achiote pork belly and roasted pineapple. Top it off with a cocktail like their signature Coconut Tequila Tres Leches (HK$80) with evaporated and condensed milk, heavy cream and coconut tequila because why not, tbh.

Brickhouse, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central, +852 2898 3788; www.brickhouse.com.hk

Caliente

Knutsford go-to Caliente presents a fiery array of Tex-Mex fare in the heart of TST. Chomp on their signature Taco de Scallops (HK$168) with chorizo, lentils, beans, orange slaw and caviar, or the Taco Rey Mysterio (HK$128) with adobo-marinated US blade steak, taco slaw, mixed cheese and pico de gallo. End the meal right with their famous Mexican fried ice cream (HK$88) served with flaming brandy and raspberry sauce.

Caliente, 3/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2723 5968; www.caliente.hk

Feature image by Amie Watson on Unsplash. All other images courtesy of respective restaurants.

Los Sotano

Address   21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central