17A Moon Street, Wan Chai
Tel: 2520 0076
Open: noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
Cuisine: American and Mexican
Price: about HK$260 without drinks or service charge
Ambience: it’s a tiny place dominated by a large bar. We were able to snag the one low table, which was near the entrance. The drinks menu ran to five pages, but the food menu was only one. The food menu listed bar snacks and dishes that can be shared, including a cheese platter, tacos and “new age American”.
Pros: we liked most of what we ordered, and the food was served at a good pace.
Cons: we tried all four taco offerings. The beef carnitas with mango salsa (HK$98) and the Mexican chorizo with guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa (HK$88) had too much “gloop”, so you couldn’t really taste the meat.
Recommended dishes: all tacos (which come three to an order) are served on small flour tortillas which, although thin and soft, were sturdy enough to hold up to the plentiful fillings. The fish taco with jalapeno tartar sauce and red cabbage slaw (HK$108) held a nice, large piece of fried fish with a thin coating and a moist interior. The grilled tiger prawn with salsa verde and avocado (HK$138) came as a whole, lightly charred, head-on prawn. Spicy barbecued corn with aioli, Parmesan and coriander (HK$68) was sweet and was cut into easy-to-manage chunks. The cheese sliders (pictured, HK$108) – a set of three mini-burgers with toppings of Gruyère, cheddar and blue cheese – were moist and well-seasoned, and the lightly toasted buns were fluffy. The grilled spring chicken with “secret hot sauce” (HK$158) was a small bird that had been cut into quarters. The skin was lightly charred and the leg meat was moist, although the friend who ate the breast said it was slightly dry.
What else? A platter of four tacos is HK$158, but if there are three of you (as was the case with my group), and you want to try them all, it works out cheaper if you order them separately.