El Loco: food to get the party going

Despite the inexhaustible variety available in Sydney, when it comes to a good party venue with simple yet delicious grub, my heart always performs a stiff following of El Loco as the chosen venue

 photo IMG_8064_zps07d01e41.jpg

Think location, up a gentle hill just off Central Station; meaning an inevitable casual walk down slope after the meal. Let gravity perform its magic as it lures it's victims, satiated and no less heavier back to their slumber stations. The venue is a casual, almost whimsical place, exuding a low key sexy vibe when it's less crowded; and a rowdy atmosphere that creates the hinterlands of your food fantasies when its packed. The food is sometimes a mash up between messy Mexican origins and a thread of Vietnamese influence.

The usual suspects include the “Al Pastor”Pork “Torta” Sandwich($10) which sees generous servings of grilled marinated pork from the spit, served on a soft bun with cabbage, coriander, spring onion and lashings of mayonnaise and pico de gallo salsa. Another would be the Excelsior Hot Dog ($9), a beguiling strip of pristine milky white from the snowfall of cheese over the top. And my all time favourite, the Carne Asada taco($5) definitely a taco not to be missed, the conjugal bliss of tender beef strips, lemongrass marinade, spicy salsa verde and queso (chili and melted cheese)induces a lust for more every time.

 photo IMG_8065_zpsc701be0e.jpg
 photo IMG_8119_zps7036cb67.jpg

Some specials of the night include a beef quesadilla with chipotle mayonnaise and the calamari taco. Both of which were excellent. I would however stick to my staple of Chorizo Quesadilla ($6) anytime. The freshness of the fried calamari masked behind the thick veil of spicy sauces could have used a boost with a touch more acid.

 photo IMG_8120_zps7e5b6d07.jpg
 photo IMG_8123_zps6980a379.jpg
 photo IMG_8124_zpsb6cb1ec2.jpg

The star for me that night would have to be the “El Loco Salad” ($12), a dish that has always managed to steal glances of envy from across the room. Ordinary midway until a late recovery attempt after a bit of tossing reveals a heady. thoracic warm amalgamation of flavors from the chili spiced tofu, shaved fennel and radish, cabbage, coriander, springs onion. The dreamy bits of avocado filling up the possible holes of disgruntled buzz from the healthy concoction. I adored the El Loco dressing, the balance between the sour and spices bringing up a seemingly simple salad to a new level. The fortified tower of fried tortilla chips making for a delicious snack for the peckish neighbours at the dining table.

 photo IMG_8125_zpse04fc3af.jpg

El Loco 
 Excelsior Hotel 
64 Foveaux Street
Surry Hills, 2010

website: http://merivale.com.au/elloco/ 
Monday - Thursday 12pm - Late 
Friday & Saturday 12pm - 3am 
Sunday 12pm - 10pm


Post a Comment


Meet Sihan

Snap Eat Love is Lee Sihan. 27 going on 28, she is a dessert enthusiast, food nomad, wanderer of lands and a pastry chef currently working in Sydney. Fueled by a lifelong addiction to all things sweet, and a burning desire to travel the globe follow her as she embarks on delicious escapades both in and out of the kitchen

Instagram Updates