Tacos, the Mexican sandwich, are an iconic dish of Mexican cuisine and beloved globally. Originating in the 18th century, they are versatile and can be filled with various ingredients. Traditional basic ingredients include tortilla, meat, onions, cilantro, and salsa, with popular fillings like beans, cheese, avocado, and seafood.
Looking for a place on Taco Tuesday in Hong Kong? You’re in luck! The city has a growing Mexican food scene with plenty of options to choose from. From trendy taquerías to gourmet fusion creations, we’ve rounded up the 10 best places to grab a taco and satisfy your cravings.
11 Westside — Kennedy Town
Helmed by Mexican native chef Esdras Ochoa, also known as the ‘Taco King’, 11 Westside offers authentic street-style tacos made with fresh ingredients and handmade corn tortillas. The Carne Asada, with grilled USDA prime short rib marinated in Mexican ponzu sauce, is a must-try, along with classic options like Al Pastor, Pollo Asado and Mango Shrimp. Vegetarians will also love the California Veggie option. Tucked away in a residential building, 11 Westside is a local favourite. Check out their Taco Tuesday for half-priced tacos!
1/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town | +852 9300 8068
Caliente — Tsim Sha Tsui
The colourful and lovely Mexican joint Caliente is a longstanding favourite among foodies, serving everything from nachos, tacos to churros. Try the flavour-packed Taco de Cangrejo, filled with crab claw meat and salmon roe, and the classic taco El Santo with pulled pork and smoked chipotle aioli. Choose between homemade soft or hard shell corn tortillas and enjoy a combo with any three or five pieces. Save room for the delicious Mexican Fried Ice Cream to finish off your meal.
3/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2723 5968
Chicano — Central
Chicano pays homage to traditional Mexican cuisine with dishes that honour co-founder Gabriel Perez’s grandmother. From fresh guac to flavourful tacos, the homemade comfort food is sure to have you coming back for more. Be sure to try the Tacos de Lengua, made with beef tongue, salsa verde, and a refreshing squeeze of lime juice. Other mouthwatering tacos, like the Tacos de Pescado and Tacos de Camarones, are also a must-try.
G/F, 15 Gough Street, Central | +852 5595-3334
El Macho — Sai Ying Pun
For Mexican cuisine with a kick, head to El Macho in Sai Ying Pun. The festive decor is inspired by the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with colourful sombrero hats and inspiring murals. Try their tasty tacos such as El Pollo Loco and Tempura Fish Taco, or the house special El Macho burrito loaded with beef chilli con carne, fried beans, salsa, and guac. And don’t forget to indulge in their churros with hot chocolate for dessert!
1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2523 2488
Limewood — Repulse Bay
Overlooking Repulse Bay, Limewood is an upscale beach shack perfect for a leisurely lunch or a sophisticated sundowner and supper. With a focus on seafood, their dishes are influenced by Hawaiian, South American, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian flavors, all cooked with fresh local produce and modern techniques. Alongside their signature Fried Fish taco with chipotle mayo, braised purple cabbage, and white onion, try their new Boneless Chicken Wings taco with salsa macha and guacamole, and the Charred Span & Pineapple taco with grilled adobo pineapple, lardo, and guacamole. Arrive early or book ahead, especially on sunny days, as this beach-front favourite is always packed.
Shop 103/104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | +852 2866 8668
Pablo Modern Mexican Cocina — Tsim Sha Tsui
Named after Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, Pablo brings a Southeast Asian twist to classic Mexican cuisine. The modern Mexican cocina serves a selection of tacos, including the signature Tacos de Barbacoa made with barbecued lamb, guacamole, shallots, and salsa borracha. This Tsim Sha Tsui spot also serves creative cocktails that pair perfectly with the delicious tacos.
66 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 3741 2990 or 3741 2899
Taco Chaca — Sai Ying Pun
Taco Chaca is a small taquería in the lovely neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. The casual joint s known for consistently serving some of the best-tasting tacos in town. With over 10 different kinds of Cal-Mex-style tacos, you’ll be spoilt for choice, from Lengua de Rex taco (slow-braised ox tongue) to Dodger Stadium taco (thin-sliced USDA rib eye beef). Their Baja-style fish tacos are a must-try, featuring battered fish and shredded cabbage with a generous amount of sauces on top. It’s a casual, affordable spot perfect for those looking for a quick and delicious bite.
119 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun | +852 2559 9519
Taquería Super Macho — Central
Taquería Super Macho is a vibrant taquería that brings the flavours of Baja to Soho. Inspired by the laid-back taquerías of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, the restaurant serves undressed tacos with the toppings on the side, allowing diners to DIY their own unique combinations. Don’t miss their Baja-style Shrimp Taco and the Habanero-marinated Steak Taco, along with other regional specialities. Keep an eye out for limited-time tacos as well. On weekends, the Super Brunch features sharing tacos and free-flowing margaritas and Coronas, guaranteed a good time with your loved ones!
33-35 Bridges Street, Central | +852 2333 0111
Te Quiero Mucho — Central
This authentic Mexican restaurant & artisanal tequila bar offers a tantalizing variety of house special tacos from the classic Al Paster to Carne Asada, loaded with grilled Wagyu steak, raw onions, coriander and salsa verde, and everything in between. You can find Te Quiero Mucho in the Sheung Wan’s Mojo Nomad hotel, where it’s always buzzing with energy throughout the day. Don’t forget to try the classic guac with homemade tortilla chips, it won’t disappoint.
286 Queen’s Road Central, Central | +852 3423 3290
XOCO Mexican Cantina and Bar — Central
XOCO, a cosy eatery located on Mosque Street, is known for its generous servings of Tex-Mex delicacies. Their freshly made Tacos a la Plancha are filled with pepper rajas, artisan Jack cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, refried beans, guacamole and sour cream, and it’s served with roja salsa, black beans and Mexican rice, so it’s best to come with an empty stomach. For fillings, they offer organic meats such as Yucatán pulled pork and Gunthorp chicken. Don’t forget to try their frozen margaritas served in adorable cactus glasses!
37 Mosque Street, Mid-Levels | +852 3620 2323
Header image credits: 11 Westside