Tucked away on Third Street, it could be very easy to miss Sai Ying Pun’s latest Mexican eatery. Instead, vivid paintwork adorns the street walls and brightly coloured sombreros line the roof. Welcome to El Macho.
Inspired by owner Christopher Przemyski’s passion for artistic interior design, El Macho offers strong fiesta vibes not only with salsa and flamenco beats but with its colourful backdrop of calavera-inspired murals and decorative walls and ceilings. Welcoming, cosy and lively; now this looks like the perfect place for a fiesta!
As any foodie will attest, a Mexican feast cannot begin until an order of Margarita has been made and if you’re anything like me, margarita-mix will not fit the bill. Thankfully, at El Macho, even the world’s biggest margarita snob will be left wanting more. Made with El Jimador Reposado tequila, fresh lime, triple sec and organic syrup, the Classic Margarita ($98) is salty, sweet, bitter and sour ensuring all boxes are well and truly ticked. And for those that like it extra sweet, the Passion Fruit Margarita ($98) is sure to please.
The menu is easy to navigate with individual sections for each traditional Mexican dish. From sharing plates and nachos to quesadillas, tacos, burritos and more, there is plenty to choose from, with both traditional and contemporary options.
Begin your fiesta with an order of nachos because let’s just say, these are nacho average bowl of tortilla chips topped with a sprinkling of baked cheese. El Macho reinvents the traditional Mexican snack with Guapo ($98); a unique take offering twelve evenly (and generously!) topped homemade nachos with guacamole, cheddar cheese, sour cream, tomato salsa and jalapenos. The easy-to-eat nachos mean nobody is left eating the broken tortillas at the bottom of a bowl and for that, we are big fans. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something new, opt for the sharing Seafood Ceviche ($138), packed with fresh scallops, calamari and barramundi in a zesty sauce. It is worth noting, however, that with a generous portion as big as this, you need 2 or 3 diners to really polish this off.
For the mains, opt for the Vegetarian Quesadilla ($98) with a choice of three tortillas including plain, spinach or tomato. A comforting blend of seasoned peppers, onions, cheddar cheese, spinach and bell peppers, are carefully cased in a soft (not sloppy!) melt-in-the-mouth tortilla.
And for those with a big appetite, the Cracking Chicken Burrito ($85) is a must, filled with free-range shredded chicken, fried beans, lettuce, tomato salsa and guacamole. First off, the grill-pressed soft tortilla makes it easier to handle then the messy burritos we are so used to tackling. Secondly, the ingredients are fresh, packed with flavour and leave you feeling satisfied but not overly stuffed so that you can order another round of nachos or perhaps, another cheeky Margarita.
Serving delicious cocktails and a mixture of new and traditional Mexican dishes in a convivial atmosphere, El Macho is the great place to hang out with friends or a fun date night. Besides the instagrammable interiors, we love the ponchos and sombreros made available to guests. These thoughtful props make it the perfect spot to enjoy a boozy brunch or celebratory party.
El Macho, 1 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong