The bar at Caliente, a Mexican restaurant in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui district. Photo Credit: Caliente.
Eating Out in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the world’s best cities for foodies, but when it comes to Mexican food, the choices have always been limited. That is starting to change as Mexican restaurants start to gain in popularity. Here is a short list of city’s most popular Mexican eateries.
Mexican Food in Hong Kong
Putting together a list of Hong Kong’s top 10 Mexican restaurants just 10 years ago would have been impossible.
Because 10 years ago Hong Kong didn’t even have 10 Mexican restaurants. You could probably have counted the number of Hong Kong Mexican restaurants on the fingers on one hand.
All that started to change a few years ago, with Mexican restaurants starting to sprout like mushrooms after a spring rain. Now there’s no problem coming up with a list of 12 Mexican eateries!
Some of the Mexican restaurants in Hong Konghave been flashes in pan, opening with great fanfare, only to close several months later.
But other Mexican restaurants are proving to be highly successful.
California Style Mexican Food
Most of the Mexican restaurants in Hong Kong have only one or two outlets. An exception is Cali-Mex, which at last count had a total of 16 outlets, which are located on both sides of Victoria Harbour.
There are now Cali-Mex outlets in Aberdeen, Admiralty Causeway Bay, Mongkok, Kennedy Town, Quarry Bay, Sheung Wan, SoHo, Tsim Sha Tsui – the list goes on.
The largest venue – the Cali-Mex Bar and Grill – opened last in the heart of Hong Kong’s premier food-and-beverage district, Lan Kwai Fong, at 21 D’Aguilar Street.
Purists might balk that what they serve “isn’t really Mexican food,” but the chain’s marketing materials make no bones about it.
They proudly describe their fare as California-style Mexican food, which is both light and fresh.
Cinco de Mayo 101
Whether they serve California-style Mexican food, Tex-Mex, Southwestern barbecue, authentic Mexico City-style street fare, or Veracruz-style seafood, many Mexican restaurants across Hong Kong will be offering special promotions to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
What’s interesting is that Cinco de Mayo, which means’ “May Fifth” in Spanish, is much more popular in the United States than in Mexico, where it is celebrated in only one state: Puebla.
Click on the following link for more information on Cinco de Mayo – what it celebrates and why it has gained in such immense popularity …
Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Hong Kong
From cantinas to taquerias to restaurantes mexicanos, Mexican eateries in Hong Kong will be offering special promotions on Cinco de Mayo.
The following 12 Mexican restaurants are listed in alphabetical order. Click on links for more information
Agave Tequila y Comida
93 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2866-3228.
G/F, 14A Sun Chun Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2267-9023.
G/5, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong.
3/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Tel: (852) 2732-5968.
Cali-Mex Bar and Grill
The Cali-Mex chain alone now has 16 taquerias scattered about Hong Kong, with
21 D/Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2970-3877.
1B-1C New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2606-0588.
Coyote Bar and Grill
114-120 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2861-2221.
Famous for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas. Coyote has a second outlet in Discovery Bay.
El Charro Mexican Cantina
Shop 208, The Arcade, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong. Tel: 852) 2793-2522.
1/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 3996-7754.
33 – 35 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Tel: (852) 3428-5133.
Tequila on David Hong Kong
G/F, 1 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2866-3228.
24 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2810-0888.
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