"Secret" Taco. The name that's nearly infamous with all food bloggers familiar with the Surry Hills area. You really need a little loco in you to have a go. Okay I'm exaggerating but it certainly is for the slightly more adventurous. I've been here numerous times and I've tried basically every body part of every animal in existence from this place. Some days you might get something a little tame like lamb sweet breads, liver or crab, other days giblets and one day pigs uterus. For a guy who dislikes pig and who certainly doesn't eat uterus on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, it was far from terrible. It had a sort of kidney/ livery texture and not much flavour but had I known, maybe I would of imagined something a whole lot more wacky.
More than excited for an early week lunch break, El Loco is a comfortable walk from central station where Dan Hong's venture into Mexican territory is a welcome sight. You'll find all sorts of diners here; from the family to the businessman, to hipsters to old couples. It never struck me that a bar could be so... uniting. And it's hard not to like this buzz around it. It's the sort of food you dig in with your hands and get all messy.
|Calamari, Salsa Verde, Mayo, Tapico 5|
NO WORDS can do justice of how remarkably tender this calamari was. NO WORDS. I'm not even exaggerating. This was insanely good. Probably the best calamari I've had in a long while. It's was just melting. I don't think anyone's ever described calamari like that but it was. The freshness was beyond measure. Slap on creamy salsa verde and some mayo topped with little pops of roe and you've got probably one of my favourite dishes this year. Happy to say that.
|'Secret Taco' 5|
|Corn Chips with Guacamole and Salsa 5|
I have no idea why I moved inside. Ahhh the unexplainable tendencies of a noob photographer.
|Mushrooms, Mozzarella, Pickled Jalapenos and Chipotle Mayo 5|
The giant field mushrooms were big and meaty and I like the fact that they were kept whole. The whole bite works really well especially with the jalapenos which provided a barely detectable tartness but it was the heat behind it that kept me coming back for more. And of course melted cheese on anything makes it a whole lot better. Even though chipotle is actually made of jalapenos, the coolness behind the mayo provided a soothing counterpoint.
|Fish Torta 12|
|Orange Flavoured Churros with Honey Dulce de Leche 7|
|That green sauce looks lethal huh? I know.|
Don't expect any soft delicate flavours here. It's smack bang punches from all directions. Hands on food. Food that's bold and exciting. Food that's generous and cheap. That's my sort of food. It doesn't hurt that they have Coldplay and Temper Trap playing loudly in the background and all their containers, plates and cups are biodegradable as well. El loco does it all with such brilliance, it's a wonder how they can keep it at such affordable prices. It's little wonder, however, why this place manages to be so popular.
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