Mexican food has got to be up there as one of our favourite cuisines. And though many complain that our city’s offerings can be a little lacklustre, we think that there’s plenty on offer to enjoy. From authentic tacos to the more American-influenced cheese-laden varieties, whatever your preference, you can be sure we know where to find it. So get hungry, because here are our picks of the best Mexican restaurants in Hong Kong (guac included, of course).
Since opening its doors in May 2019, Taqueria Super Macho has drawn in the crowds for its authentic take on tacos. The lively restaurant is inspired by the laidback taquerias of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, and brings a taste of Baja to the streets of SoHo. We love that the tacos are served “naked”, so that you can DIY your own creation with the variety of toppings available, including cabbage, onion, cilantro and a range of sauces and salsas. Don’t miss out on trying the Crispy Shrimp Taco or the fully loaded Grilled Chicken Tostada, and be sure to wash it all down with a frozen margarita.
Taqueria Super Macho, 33-35 Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.taqueriasupermacho.com
Read more: Taqueria Super Macho: Baja-Inspired Tacos And Drinks In SoHo
Don’t be deterred by the slightly random trek down an alley in LKF to reach Brickhouse – the eclectic menu and vast choice of Mexican bites make it a must-try! We’ve always been fans of its Mexican Street Sweetcorn and the exciting list of cocktails, which help to make it an awesome party spot, or vibrant dinner date destination. Brickhouse also offers an unbeatable Saturday night brunch featuring free-flow drinks, unlimited portions of tacos and more.
Brickhouse, G/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, www.brickhouse.com.hk
Opening in Hong Kong in 2017 to much fanfare, many claim that 11 Westside offers up the best tacos in the city. Brought to the 852 by chef Esdras Ochoa (of renowned LA spot Salazar), expect fresh Mexican ingredients, handmade corn tortillas and a selection of tacos. Priced between $48 and $58, tacos on offer cover everything from the classic Al Pastor and Carnitas, to Mango Shrimp and California Veggie creations. Plus, did we mention that the restaurant also serves up table-side guac?
11 Westside, 1/F The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.11westside.com
Read more: 11 Westside: Authentic Mexican Food In Kennedy Town
This vibrant Mexican eatery and bar can be found in the Mojo Nomad hotel on Queen’s Road Central in Sheung Wan. Open daily from 6:30pm until late, head here anytime of the day and choose from breakfast favourites such as huevos rancheros, wallet-friendly set lunches, hearty taco dinners and a range of speciality cocktails. Along with a selection of small plates, salads, tostadas, tacos and “mucho grande” plates, don’t miss out on trying one (or two!) of the Mexican-inspired desserts, which include deconstructed tres leches and homemade churros.
Te Quiero Mucho, Mojo Nomad, 286 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.mojonomad.com/central/te-quiero-mucho
Another newcomer to the Hong Kong Mexican scene, El Macho opened in early 2019 and offers a colourful and vibrant setting, along with a range of flavourful plates. Classics such as quesadillas, burritos and fajitas are all on the menu, but we’re fans of its Nachos – made with homemade corn tortilla chips and a range of hearty toppings.
El Macho, 1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/elmachohk
Whether you’re looking for a lively Mexican experience, or a slightly more laid-back dinner, Coyote’s locations in both Wan Chai and Discovery Bay will have your boxes ticked. From burritos to tacos and gooey, cheese-filled quesadillas, expect to eat your fill of Mexican favourites. Whatever you order, be sure to go for one of Coyote’s famous margaritas!
Coyote Bar & Grill, 114–120 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Coyote Mexican Cantina, Shop G08A, Block A, DB Plaza, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, www.coyote.com.hk
Found in the heart of LKF, Los Sotano is a Mexican secret hideout that serves a selection of Mexican fare and experimental agave-based drinks. Find the secret barrel door to discover your way in and enter into an underground world – that’s far away from the busy streets of Central. Taking its stylistic cue from Oaxaca, the bar’s walls are embellished with gold skulls. Along with cocktail favourites such as the Los Sotano Margarita and an array of tequila tasting flights on offer, the bar and restaurant also serves tacos (complete with homemade corn tortillas), and bigger plates such as the Tequila USDA Ribeye, Lasagna Mexicano and more.
Los Sotano, Basement, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, www.lossotano.com
Kennedy Town has become a ‘hood full of firm foodie favourites in recent years, and Chino is up there on our list for its cool factor and Mexican flare. With street art covering the walls and tasty, Japanese-inspired Mexican dishes on our plates, we can’t get enough of its fusion feasts.
Chino, 1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/CHINOHKrestaurant
Read more: Your Neighbourhood Guide To Kennedy Town
Another K-Town fave, Tequila on Davis is the perfect flavourful hub for lunch and dinner. Think towering plates of cheesy nachos drenched in gauc and sour cream, and a huge range of specialty tequilas, sure to sustain those weekend vibes. Hosting an event? “Tequila Upstairs” is the ideal party venue for any shindig, complete with a full range of audio and visual equipment, too.
Tequila On Davis, G/F, Shop-7 , Grand Fortune Mansion, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.tequilaondavis.com.hk
If you’re after hearty (read: cheesy) Mexican-style dishes, head to Caliente. One of the few Mexican jaunts in Kowloon, expect a lively atmosphere, along with an array of fruity, frozen tequila treats and plenty of Crispy Fish Tacos. If you’re not too stuffed after your mains, try its Mexican Fried Ice Cream!
Caliente, 3/F Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.caliente.multifame.com.hk
On the prowl for a quick Mexican fix? Cali-Mex has your back. With locations across the city and quick, delicious nachos, burritos and quesadillas, whether you’re after a lunch or dinner on the go, or a hangover-busting breakfast burrito, this American-style Mexican chain will have you covered. Expect fillings such as certified Angus Beef, Chipotle Pulled Pork, Baja Fish and even vegetarian and vegan options, including Impossible meat.
Cali-Mex, various locations across Hong Kong, www.cali-mex.com
Okay, we know that this one is more of a bar than a restaurant, but we couldn’t resist sneaking this Oaxaca-inspired cocktail bar into our roundup. Tucked away on Shin Hing Lane (just off Gough Street), the bar (which is currently number 12 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for 2019), features a huge range of Tequila and Mezcal, along with many other Mexican spirits and drinks. Need a recommendation? We loved the Horchata De Pistacho, alongside some killer guac and chips.
COA, Shop A, LG/F Wah Shin House, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong, Central, www.coa.com.hk
If you’re not feeling a big restaurant and a full-on sit-down meal, check out Taco Chaca – a down-to-earth, affordable and tasty taqueria. The portions are huge (win) and extremely good value for money, and if you don’t mind perching on stools and eating off paper plates, then you’ll fall in love with this Sai Ying Pun hide out.
Taco Chaca, G/F 119 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/tacochaca
Found on Mosque Street, XOCO is a small restaurant that serves up big portions. The tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas are stuffed full of black beans, rice, your choice of high-quality meat and cheese, so we recommend arriving hungry. For a slightly lighter choice, opt for the perfectly cooked build-your-own steak fajitas, which are served on a sizzling hot plate. And don’t forget the frozen margaritas served in adorable cactus glasses!
XOCO, 31 – 37 Mosque Street, Mid-levels, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/xocosoho
Tequila Jacks in TST is a city classic, serving up a huge variety of Mexican staples, washed down with plenty of drinks. This casual spot is great for groups of friends, and don’t miss out on its Taco Tuesday deal – with tacos costing just $10 with the purchase of at least one drink.
Tequila Jacks, 33-35 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.elgrande.com.hk/restaurant/tequila-jacks
With over 150 brands of 100% Blue agave tequilas on offer, and a large selection of tequila cocktails, Agave is the place to go if you’re a margarita lover. Head over with a group and enjoy a couple of pitchers, along with a few helpings of tacos, fajitas or nachos, and you’ll be good to go!
Agave, Shop C & D 93 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/agavewanchaihk
Agave, G/F, 26 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/agavecentralhk
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 3, May 2016 and was most recently updated on 26, July 2019.