Coyote Bar & Grill

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 March, 2010, 12:00am

Coyote Bar & Grill
G/F, Gaylord Commercial Building
114-120 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
Tel: 2861 2221

Grub: Large portion of delicious Mexican food at reasonable prices.

Vibe: A comfy two-storey restaurant decorated in 'Mexican' style, with plastic cacti standing in every corner and bottles of Mexican chili sauce on display on the walls. Mexican hats are available for photo opportunities.

Who to bring: Perfect for big gangs of friends or family. Also ideal for those who love spicy and fried food, or lazy weekend brunches.

What's hot: Nachos are one of the best loved Mexican dishes, and Coyote's are some of the best in town. Piled high with cheese, black beans, jalapenos, olives, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream, the large dish is enough for up to four people to share - or two really greedy folk.

Another traditional snack, the quesadilla - a folded wheat or corn tortilla filled with melted cheese - is also divine. There is a choice of extra fillings to go with the cheese - the mushroom is top of the list, making the quesadilla lighter and less oily.

The hot wings may look normal, but they taste extraordinary. Don't confuse their dark colour with burnt skin - it's actually the result of native Mexican herbs. The skin is crispy and the meat is tender, and the honey sauce is a great complement.

Appetisers portions are large, so order a platter to try a mix of dishes.

The main courses feel less Mexican and more American: rib eye steak and baby ribs appear on the menu. But they are served with typical Mexican accompaniments such as guacamole to make them seem more authentic.

Leave room for dessert - the platter is an excellent way to try a smaller portion of all the delicious sweet treats on the menu.

What's not: The constant loud music may provide a festive atmosphere, but it prevents decent conversation, so don't come here to catch up on gossip. Service often verges on rude.

A compulsory HK$2 charity donation is added to the bill: we're all for giving to those in need, but it's nice to be asked first.

Cost: Around HK$100 for lunch or brunch; around HK$140 for dinner.