It’s always chips and margarita time here on Hong Kong’s busiest party block. The best chips and dip in all of Hong Kong, hands down. And they taste mighty good after a few rounds. G/F, 33 D’Aguilar St, Central, 2521 2010. $300.
This newcomer has Element’s Civic Square rocking. Beers, margaritas and all the usual Mexican staples make this a cheap and cheerful spot to dine on the Square. Civic Square, Elements, 1 Austin Rd West, West Kowloon, 2196 8733. $350.
Caramba Mexican Cantina
Mexico’s greatest hits such as tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas and quesadillas are all up for grabs here. For the real Mexican aficionado, their grill specials are marinated in achiote chillis over mesquite wood. Discovery Bay Plaza, Discovery Bay, 2987 2848. $350.
Some say they make the best margarita in town, while others flock here for the fajitas. Either way, this is the first stop on party lane to get your free Mexican sombrero and nachos on. G/F, 114-120 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, 2861 2221. $400.
McLovin’s might sound more Irish than Mexicana, but this place used to be called Don Juan and they’ve kept the old Tex Mex faves such as quesadillas, tacos and burritos. They also serve a mean shepherd’s pie, fish ‘n’ chips, and gallons of Guinness. TST Centre, 66 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2722 7101. $350.
Que Pasa Tequila
Upscale is used loosely here in this colourful, pop-rock Mexican restaurant. The menu features baby sardines with paprika and lemon juice, tuna carpaccio, mussels with sherry vinegar. G/F, 15 Knutsford Tce, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2316 2525. $800.
El Taco Loco
This grab–and–go den for all things taco and nacho is worth the wait to get your beans and rice fix. They also serve icy cold (and cheap) beers; best to get them in a bucket (six for $150). 9 Lower Staunton St, Soho, 2522 0214. $200.
Sometimes only cheese melted between two pieces of soft tortilla will do. Comfort Mexican food is served here, accompanied by a big grin. For fried poppers, burritos, tacos, and of course, tequilas in a cozy, Southwest atmosphere, there’s few better. G/F, 11 Old Bailey St, Soho, 2524 2002. $280.
Verve Bar and Grill
This might not be the first place you’d think of for Mexican food, but they have a surprising number of Mexican dishes on the menu. Sizzling platters of chicken fajitas, quesadillas, and Mexican beers will fill the void. 36 Elgin St, Soho, 2525 0110. $400.