Taco Loco

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 September, 2010, 12:00am

Taco Loco
LG/F 7 Staunton Street
Soho, Central
Tel: 2522 0907

Grub: Mexican, tortilla chips, burritos and refried beans.

Vibe: This funky little place is next to the Mid-Levels escalator. Its pink walls and the painted mariachi trumpet player make it easy to spot. Inside is small and laid-back.

Who to bring: Friends with a big appetite - this food can be very filling. If they like spicy food, so much the better, but it isn't all hot. There are also vegetarian options.

What's hot: In Mexican cuisine, a tortilla is a flat bread. The most familiar forms are the taco and the burrito. Tacos can be either hard or soft and are usually made from corn flour. The larger, soft burritos are made from wheat. You can get both here with a variety of fillings and at a range of prices to suit your appetite and your pocket.

I started with a Chilli Verde Chicken hard taco, shredded chicken breast with salad in a mild chilli sauce. It really is very tasty but the taco is brittle, so it breaks easily - I very nearly spilled the filling down my shirt.

Burritos are a lot bigger - they're probably the pioneers of all wrap sandwiches. Traditionally, they were filled with just refried beans and meat but these days they come with a variety of fillings and salad.

I ordered a Shrimp al Pastor burrito. It contains grilled shrimp with black beans, lettuce and tomato. It's a huge thing and looked ready to burst open the moment I picked it up. It is both delicious and filling, and surprisingly - and thankfully - it holds all the ingredients together very well. It wasn't until the end that it started to disintegrate.

Another alternative is the tostada. This is a flat or slightly bowl-shaped tortilla that is toasted and filled with a choice of toppings.

What's not: Like all wraps, burritos and tacos need to be handled with care or the contents are likely to land in your lap. Not great for a date if you're clumsy.

Cost: Burritos cost HK$38-HK$68. Tacos range from HK$22 to HK$28, and HK$68 for a special 'triple taco' combination. Tostadas are HK$28.