El Taco Loco
There’s a reason this Mexican spot has survived the cut-throat Soho dining scene for so long. Forget the name, what keeps us coming back to El Taco Loco are its portions of some of the tastiest tortilla chips in Hong Kong. The restaurant is famous for its decadent seven-layer nachos gringos that come with a blend of cheddar, pico de gallo, jalapeños, sour cream, coriander and your choice of protein. Sharing this behemoth is strongly recommended. $82. 7 Staunton St, Central, 2522 1239; diningconcepts.com.
Eight Grand Bar Restaurant
Hidden away in bustling Hysan Place, Eight Grand Bar Restaurant offers a Mexican meal mean enough to satiate any lunchtime craving. Crisp nachos come covered in guacamole, cheese, sour cream and tomatoes. Make sure to finish your meal with one of the restaurant’s signature zodiac mocktails to get the full experience. $68. 12/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Rd, 3568 8621; fb.com/eightgrand.
Nacho connoisseurs might object to Hanjan’s use of Doritos, but the recently opened Korean spot in Central spices up the junk food staple with an assortment of speciality toppings ranging from kimchi to bulgogi beef. For an extra spicy Seoul-style twist, wash down your nachos with a kimchi fizz vodka cocktail to stoke the fire in your belly. $140. 4-5 Wo On Ln, Central, 2408 6000; fb.com/hanjanhk.
This Tex-Mex institution may live among the bars of east Tsim Sha Tsui, but it has gained a reputation for mouthwatering nachos as well as its tempting cocktails. TJ’s impressive sounding beef nachos el grande come smothered in a mountain of pico de gallo, chilli, peppers and spring onions. Just add one of its signature frozen margaritas and you’re all set for the night. $110. 33-35 Chatham Rd S, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3428 5133; elgrande.com.hk.
The difference between a good Mexican restaurant and a great one are the ingredients and that’s what’s on offer at Xoco. The guacamole is outstanding, made with fresh lime and avocados. With top quality guac as a base, the nachos are equally impressive because, in addition, the tortillas are served warm each and every time. $98. Shop 2, G/F, Ryan Mansion, 31-37 Mosque St, Mid-Levels, 3620 2323.
This cantina is famous for serving up massive portions of Mexican classics – burritos, fajitas and nachos in particular. Yet quantity and quality are not mutually exclusive – their tortilla chips are fresh and come laden with rich toppings such as queso fundido with chorizo and creamy guacamole. Be sure to come with an empty stomach, ombre. $115. 26-30 Elgin St, Central, 2530 9963; caramba.com.hk.