Festival of flavours: Mamasita’s Cantina brings Mexican street specialities to Hong Kong

Concept restaurant by ZS Hospitality Group has authentic Latin American ambience, and offers well-balanced dishes and drinks

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 10:30am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 12:26pm

Mamasita’s Cantina brings Mexican street food to Hong Kong and is the third of four restaurant concepts by ZS Hospitality Group to open at 8 Lyndhurst Terrace. You enter through with Cuban-inspired bar, where mixologist Audrey Eschemann - ex Aberdeen Street Social - works her magic. We loved the Revolución Martini (HK$118) and Santa Muerte (HK$128) consisting of whisky, aperol, lemon, infused beetroot and jalapeno syrup. There is a patio off the bar where you can enjoy a Cuban cigar or two. Colourful tiles line the stairway down to the restaurant area, which has an open kitchen, simple wooden tables laid with metal canteens for water and colourful small plates.

Executive chef Edgar Navarro is on hand to recommend dishes, including the grilled marinated hanger steak (HK$288) and barbecue pork ribs (HK$228). We start with guacamole dip (HK$88) mixed with tomato, onion, jalapeno chilli, white truffle oil and served with corn tortilla chips, and the tuna tostada (HK$88) with raw tuna on a crispy corn tortilla with shallots, avocado, citrus jus, chipotle mayo and sesame seeds. The flavours were well-balanced and went well with the martini . The beef taco (HK$88) with grilled skirt steak, chorizo, potatoes, stewed beans, onions and coriander was presented on a small soft taco, which folded easily for each heavenly mouthful. The pork ribs are slow-cooked for 16 hours and comes with pibil sauce, apple slaw salad and achiote barbecue sauce. The meat was tender and fell off the bone, although it was slightly salty. The slaw was crunchy and tasty. The desserts are a must, especially the 3 Leches (HK$78), a traditional three milk cake with popcorn, corn foam, milk ice cream and run granite. It’s deliciously light with a sweet crunch from the caramel popcorn, and the rum adds richness. It’s enough for two. The churros con chocolate (HK$88) coated with cinnamon sugar and served with caramel ice cream is one of the best I have tasted.