It has been raining almost everyday in Sydney. So when there was a window of sunshine, we went out to play. Mister was craving for a beer and I, after some tacos. One of the perks of living in Surry is that we do not have to go far to find good and decent food. There are cafes, restaurants, bars or pubs just around the corner. El Loco has been on my hit list. Since the sun was behaving, Mister and I took the opportunity and skipped down to El Loco one rare sunny Sunday afternoon for a late lunch.
Both of us trotted down Foveaux Street to El Loco. It sits just behind or maybe at the side of Excelsior Hotel depending on where you are coming from. There is nothing fancy about it. Just a very casual place with nice outdoor seating and a colourful indoors setting. This is my kind of Sunday hangout. Laid back and I can kick back wearing flip flops and daggy T-shirt dress. Shweet!
We ordered our drinks and food at the bar. The guy behind the bar was kind of new. I only found out when he started making my order of Cartel Margarita ($13.50). He had to look at the ingredients on the menu. I got a little worried. Either I get a margarita that is super weak or one that is too strong. Cartel Margarita is a type of vegetable margarita that made from celery and jalapeno shaken with freshly squeezed lime juice, avocado, Herraduro Blanco and Ilegal Mezcal. The rim is coated with celery salt. It was strong and not well balanced but tasted alright after the ice melted in a little. It definitely had a nice kick but will probably enjoyed it more if it was not made by a newbie.
Also to note that all cocktails are made from 100% Blue Agave Tequila and served in biodegradeable cups. And hello to the world of Tequila – http://www.elloco.com.au/cocktails/
Chile Habanero or hot sauce as the Americans love to call it is in abundance here in El Loco. I have a soft spot for the green coloured hot sauce. A little more tang. And damn, I forgot to take a photo of the cactus on every table.
Both of us started with the corn chips with a side of guacamole and salsa. Totally addictive and it is a must to order. Only $5, I reckon it is a steal.
What? You only ordered one tacos? I did not want to be greedy and over eat. It was quite late in the afternoon and dinner was going to rear its head out. So I settled for one beef tacos. It was tender beef slices flavoured with lemongrass and topped with salsa verde. The tortilla is not store bought. It is nice and soft but can be much softer. It was still really good and the small tacos was gone in 3 mouthfuls or 2 if you have a bigger mouth. There are about 5 or 6 different types of tacos. And of course one tofu tacos for the vegetarians.
Mister and I can’t go past a hotdog ($8). Even though it is suspicious meat but there is something about the hotdog with generous grating of tasty cheese on top. It is also topped with pickled jalapenos, pico ge gallo (a type of salsa) and a naughty dashing of mayonnaise on a soft bun. There isn’t anything to fault this hotdog. But is hotdog a Mexican street food? If it is just American, then I prefer it with meat sauce.
I love this place. Unpretentious. Yummy. Definitely my type of food and Sunday hangout in Surry Hills. What will yours be?
64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 4945
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