HK Magazine - - DINING -

Tex-Mex. Shop 2, G/F, Ryan Man­sion, 31-37 Mosque St., Mid-Lev­els, 3620-2323.

This Tex-Mex joint may be col­or­ful in­side, but its open-air front on quiet Mosque Street makes it a peace­ful place to while away an evening.

HIT The serv­ings at Xoco are BIG: no teeny-tiny $80 tacos here. An enor­mous chimichanga with pulled pork ($158) can eas­ily feed two, a huge tor­tilla packed with fresh in­gre­di­ents be­fore be­ing deep-fried and served on a bed of rice, salsa and black beans. The pork was ten­der and juicy but per­haps a lit­tle lack­ing in sea­son­ing, al­though a glug of the house-made ha­banero sauce soon solved that. The carne asada grilled steak ($198) was a large, well-cooked hunk of striploin, served on the same bed of rice, salsa and beans. It was pre­cisely medium-rare and ten­der, though again needed sauce to amp up the fla­vor. Still, for un­der $200, it was a steal. Bot­tles of beer, in­clud­ing the malty Mex­i­can Bo­hemia, all went for an agree­able $48 per bot­tle. And while you might have ex­pected the free tor­tilla chips and salsa at the start of the meal, a cou­ple of free shots of tequila at the end were a nice sur­prise to cap off our night.

MISS The sal­bute ($88), a crispy puffed-up fried tor­tilla, was topped with the same pulled pork as the chimichanga, but there wasn’t enough else go­ing on to dis­tract us from that lack of fla­vor.

BOT­TOM LINE Tasty and above all af­ford­able Tex-Mex bites had us walk­ing out stuffed, sated, and mulling over maybe just one more tequila shot…

Open Mon 6-9:30pm, Tue-Sun noon-9:30pm. $$

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