Taco Chaca

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 April, 2012, 12:00am


G/F Tung Cheung Building, 1-11 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
Tel: 2559 9519
Open: noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm
Cuisine: Mexican

Price: we ordered a lot and finished almost all of it, but the bill was only about HK$110 without drinks.

Ambience: basic. Customers sit on unpadded stools at tiny tables, or perch on high chairs at the counter. There's not much by way of decoration. Diners order from the cashier area that's crowded with bottles of chilli sauce and display boxes of American candy bars such as Butterfinger and Baby Ruth.

Pros: the tacos. If you stick to them, you'll be fine.

Cons: the rest of the menu. Beverages of horchata (a cinnamon-flavoured rice drink) and Jamaica (hibiscus flower) were watery and tasteless. The guacamole doesn't taste much of avocado, and ruined the otherwise fine taquitos (pulled pork and mixed cheese rolled in a corn tortilla then crisply fried, HK$40 for two). Better guacamole wouldn't have saved the monster nachos (HK$75). Although the nachos had many ingredients - salsa, refried beans, sour cream, guacamole and melted cheese - there was not enough of each, so the tortilla chips were dry. Beef enchiladas (HK$58 for three) were overwhelmed by melted cheese.

Recommended dishes: a special of USDA prime bulgogi taco (HK$30 for one) was our favourite, with juicy marinated meat and flavourful toppings. The other tacos were two per order. Coming in a close second was the baja fish taco (HK$50), which had moist, lightly battered fried fish. Carnitas taco (HK$40) had a too-juicy filling that made the tortilla fall apart, but the flavour was good. Chicken tacos (HK$40) were fine, but the carne asada version (HK$40) had an underseasoned filling that the cook failed to heat through.

What else? If it's the least bit crowded, the food can come at a too-leisurely pace; we watched as a nearby group of three was served their burritos one at a time with long pauses in between. The first person was finished before the last person received his order.