Mexican. Room 101, 1/F, Elite Industrial Centre, 883 Cheung Sha Wan Rd., Lai Chi Kok, 2743-8004. Those commiserating over the lack of a good, sub-$60 taco in Hong Kong can stop complaining. Venture beyond the horrendously overpriced Central joints and seek out Picoso in Lai Chi Kok, a humble shack that’s slinging burritos and tacos at a fair cost.
HIT We ordered a feast for two that probably could have served four, and ended up spending less than $150 a person. To start, the spicy roast corn
($38) boasted crispy corn kernels liberally smothered in a chipotle aioli and shaved Parmesan cheese coating: a flavor bomb, and not one for the diet hounds. The smoky BBQ pulled pork nachos ($78) were weighed down with a good amount of toppings—pulled pork, refried beans, jalapenos, corn, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo—although we failed to detect any smoke in the pulled pork and the cheese could have been more evenly spread. Baja fish tacos ($64 for 2) are one of those perfect, all-in-one-bite recipes and Picoso’s version did not disappoint. It had two substantial crispy fried fillets topped with creamy guacamole, chipotle aioli and cotija cheese, with relief coming from pickled red onions and a squeeze of lime.
MISS The steak fajitas lacked the sizzling snap from the grill and the caramelized peppers and onions that normally make for a juicy, flavor-packed bite. At $118, they were also one of the most expensive items on the menu.
BOTTOM LINE A fuss-free shack that waves the banner for cheap and easy Mexican fare while taking the essentials to heart.
Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:30pm. $