I really do think that everything Dan Hong touches turns to gold. You could say he has the Midas touch when it comes to restaurants and food. I really enjoy Lotus, not yet visited Ms G’s, but it is on my “to do soon” list.
I have been to El Loco now quite a few times. I like it so much I even became a member. Well, that was a bit of an accident actually. I subscribed to their newsletter and when they opened doors I received an invitation to become one. Nothing special anyone can, and it entitles you to a groovy key ring that you flash to purchase the member’s only Dang Hong special burger and half price margaritas on a Thursday.
My last visit was with two friends that, even though they are food bloggers and are very up to date with all things food, hadn’t been before. Date set for lunch on a Saturday when we thought it would be not as busy as it can get in the evenings. Actually I have been on a Friday night and it was standing room only, but a fun atmosphere.
El Loco Mexican Cantina is a happy place with bright splashes of colour, Mexican posters and colourful table tops. There is a margarita bar, oh yes, hello margaritas. I particularly like the jalapeño ones, they have a slight heat and are way too easy to drink.
I love the outdoor seating on the pavement. Sip on a margarita and watch the world go by. Alternatively grab a seat inside where there is music playing.
I can’t fault anything that I have tried on the menu. I do suggest though that when ordering the tacos only order a couple at a time. If you are sitting there enjoying a few drinks, having a chat, taking your time, they will go soggy. When I was there with the girls, there was a bit of gas bagging going on and my second taco was sogsville by the time I got around to eating it. My fault as I basically didn’t shut up. Love having lunch with great company!
I really enjoy the corn chips with guacamole and salsa $5, sorry no picture. They really do go well with the margaritas I love so much.
Classic margarita $13.50 & jalapeño margarita $13.50
Al Pastor Pork Torta Sandwich $10
Grilled marinated pork from the spit served on a soft bun with cabbage, coriander, spring onion, mayonnaise and pico de gallo salsa.
Dan Hong’s special member’s only burger $10
It is a beef burger on a soft bun with cabbage, coriander, spring onion and honey mustard.
Secret taco $5
Secret taco innards
Ah the infamous secret taco, which I have now had twice. The filling changes daily and they won’t tell you what it is, but they will tell you after you have eaten it. The fun bit for me is trying to decipher the main ingredient. The first time I ordered one, the main ingredient was chicken hearts, which I pretty much guessed. The second time though, I was stumped along with my fellow diners. It turned out to be pigs uterus. I have worked out that the theme seems to be offal with the secret taco, but don’t be put off and give it a go.
Al Pastor taco $5
Spit roasted pork with cabbage, coriander, spring onions, pico de gallo and pineapple salsa.
Pollo taco $5
Chicken with sweet corn salsa, cabbage, coriander, spring onions, salsa verde and pico de gallo.
Carne asada taco $5
Lemongrass beef with , cabbage, coriander, spring onions, salsa verde and pico de gallo. I should also give you the heads up, all tacos can be served on a lettuce leaf instead of the soft taco wrap if you desire.
Excelsior hot dog $9
Named after the Excelsior Hotel where El Loco resides. Grilled pork frankfurt served on a soft bun with pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo, mayonnaise and cheese. Everyone that I know that has tried this dog loves them.
Even though I have visited a few times there are a few things I am yet to try that sound great. The El Loco salad didn’t sound that great to me when I read it on the menu, but when I saw a plate go by on my last visit I had to ask what it was. Turned out to be the salad and it looked good! They have weekly specials like deep fried zucchini flower taco or quesadillas.
Will I be back? You bet I will be. Specially with summer on our door step. A sunny afternoon of margaritas and taco grazing is just too hard to resist.