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The best tacos in Hong Kong

Bundles of fillings nestled in a soft wrap or a crunchy corn tortilla – tacos are undeniably one of Mexico’s finest exports. There are some fab versions available in Hong Kong and Holly Graham wants to taco ’bout which ones to sink your teeth into

Brickhouse

Adhering to the unwritten law that trendy restaurants should be difficult to find, Mexican hideout Brickhouse is one of the hardest eateries to locate in Lan Kwai Fong. Its quirkily named tacos include the Protein Pancake, filled with rib-eye beef and manchego cheese, and the Spicy Nemo fish taco. Use your imagination to guess the fillings in the Squealer, the Side Chick and the Prawn Star. From $55. 

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Central

Caliente

Tsim Sha Tsui’s patron saint of Mexican food is the colourful Caliente, which offers everything from nachos to churros and everything in-between. Be sure to try the Taco Mil Mascaras with its perfectly grilled red shrimps or the Taco Tito Santana, which oozes creamy, rich bone marrow. Both come with mixed cheese, crunchy taco slaw, pico de gallo and mint avocado crema to smooth things all out. From $108. 

 

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Tsim Sha Tsui

Chino

This hip joint in Kennedy Town serves up Japanese Mexican fusion, courtesy of chef Erik Idos, a man with 10 years experience working as executive chef at Nobu. That should tell you all you need to know about Chino’s Japanese credentials, but he’s no slouch on the Mexican side of things either. Indulge in an ox tongue, pickled jalapeños and chili de árbol taco or the Nozaki beef, guacamole and shishito taco and see for yourself. From $40. 

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Kennedy Town
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Little Burro

Little Burro is a shining beacon of grab-and-go Mexican food, feeding happy tummies on the run. The build-your-own option wins the prize for the most customisable taco on our list. Select one of several wraps and then fill it with either barbecued chicken, pork, beef barbacoa, fish fillet or veggies. Add your choice of beans and rice, your preferred salsa spiciness and finish with a sprinkling of cheese and dollops of sour cream. Perfecto! From $45.

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Sheung Wan

Taco Chaca

Pushers of the gloriously ridiculous Taco Cleanse (a three-day diet which consists of eating nothing but vegetarian tacos), Taco Chaca do awesome eats for the non-dieter, too. They offer more than 10 different kinds of tacos, including our fave – an awesome Korean bulgogi beef and kimchi variety. Bonus – there’s an outpost right by Mui Wo ferry pier, perfect for refuelling after a weekend hike. From $46. 

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Sai Ying Pun

Xoco

Tex-Mex joint Xoco sits in the Mid-Levels, serving huge portions and tacos stuffed full of fillings, making them a delightfully messy, tasty affair. Come here hungry and chow down on tacos stuffed with pepper rajas, artisan Jack cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, refried beans, guacamole and sour cream. Pick from organic meats such as naturally raised Yucatan pulled pork and organic Gunthorp chicken. Prices from $145. 

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Mid-Levels
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3 comments
Mari5HK
Mari5HK

Please try EL CHARRO MEXICAN CANTINA in Cyberport. It's worth a journey. Their fish tacos is, in my opinion, crispy, well-flavoured with decent portion thus excellent. 

Paddy O
Paddy O

Caliente has such better Value for money than brick house . I'm not sure what you use as the base pricing figures but a plate of 5 at Caliente costs about $160 and at the brick house $250 a one hour wait to get seated and some terrible customer service when there. Save your money goto Caliente.

john j
john j

had a really great taco tonight at Paradis restaurant in Central.  Apparently they have a new chef and he is doing some cool stuff.