El Loco, Surry Hills

on Aug 5, 2015 in Asian, Mexican

El Loco, Surry Hills

El Loco at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills could almost be considered an establishment in itself. The Mexican food, tacos in particular, are a popular Sydney classic. The head chef of El Loco is Dan Hong and the Asian influence shows in the food such as the tofu based taco, I also only just realised this visit that the taco shells can actually be substituted for lettuce cups for a healthier option 🙂

Fried chicken with chilli dip

During this years winter El Loco is offering a special menu item of fried chicken accompanied by a Korean inspired chilli dip and spring onions, they’re absolutely delicious and extra crispy.

El Loco salad with tofu

El Loco salad with beef

The famous El loco salads are made with a combination of avocado, cabbage, fennel and radish salad topped with tortilla crisps and cheese. As you can see I definitely wouldn’t consider these salads to be a healthy option by any means, in fact I would order them just for the abundance of cheese!

Chorizo Quesadilla

The chorizo qusadillas are filled with jalapeño peppers and cheese and are served with a healthy amount of chipotle mayo on the side. Delicious, crispy and flavoursome with a generous amount of chorizo.

Churros with chocolate sauce

The churros have always been a favourite of mine simply because the chocolate sauce is so rich and delicious, I also love the hot caramel sauce option.

Mexican Mulled Wine

Apple Pie Margarita

Jalapeno Margarita

As part of the winter offerings there are also a few special drinks available on the menu. The Mexican mulled wine was an interesting twist on a traditional mulled wine, the main difference being the use of various spices as well as jalapeno sugar syrup to give it a bit of kick. I also quite liked the apple pie margarita but be warned that the jalapeno variation is actually quite spicy!

It’s definitely the same old El Loco that I remember from way back and nothing much has changed in the past few years at all. The restaurant and bar is still a busy hotspot in Surry Hills any night of the week and the food selection is just as delicious as I remember!

The Food Diary dined as guests of El Loco & Merivale.
All views and opinions expressed in this post are our own.

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