Pi­coso

HK Magazine - - DINING -

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. $

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