Dan Hong might just be the busiest chef in town at the moment with Lotus bistro
, Ms G's
and El Loco as well as Mr Wong
. El Loco is a Cantina stuck to the side of a pub (Surry Hills music venue the Excelsior Hotel
, recently acquired by the legendary Hemmes clan). So don't go in expecting a restaurant experience: go in expecting approachable pub-Mex. Once you've done that, you'll have a fun time with the $5 tacos, Margarita slushies, Mexican beers and, of course, the hot dog. If you were in Mexico you'd probably the expect the tortillas to be exceptional quality for a fiver. But here in Sydney, we're not so lucky. That said, the fillings are excellent with highlights being the al pastor (pork'n'pineapple) and the carne asada (lemongrass beef). A pub doing tasty, casual eats that aren't laksa? It's so crazy it just might work.