• Jenni Lien

Xoco | Hearty portions and humble prices in the Mid-Levels


A few weeks ago, I was feeling a little overwhelmed (life is busy at the moment!) so my boyfriend decided to cheer me up with comfort food. Up we went on the escalators which was a new thing for us. We never eat in the Mid-Levels but there was a promising sounding Mexican spot, and tacos and guac sounded good to me.


Xoco isn’t new but we’d only just heard of it thanks to the “More Places” feature on Google. It’s a tiny little hole in the wall on Mosque Street decorated with colourful flags, tiles, and murals. For better or worse, my dinner scene is usually a shiny spot in Central so being at Xoco felt a bit like being on vacation. It was so different from what I usually see and this in itself made the trip to Xoco worth it for me. I love moments where I get to see my city in a new light and remember that there’s always something new to discover.


As for the food, we ordered an assortment of classics: nachos with pulled pork ($134), chorizo quesadillas ($116), and steak tacos ($169). All of the portions were absolutely huge for Hong Kong standards.



The nachos were the definition of comfort food: sloppy, messy, and satisfying.



The quesadillas had plenty of filling including a generous amount of cheese.



I was slightly in shock when the tacos came out. Just look at the size of these things. They also came with a plate of beans, rice, and salsa but we didn’t touch this as we could barely finish the main attractions.


Overall, all the dishes we tried were decent. Everything was hearty and satisfying. I would have liked it if the meats were a little more seasoned but the restaurant does have a variety of hot sauces to dial up the flavour.


Verdict

While I'm not rushing back to Xoco, I wouldn't mind going back either. With Xoco, what you see is what you get: casual, comfortable dining with prices to match.


37 Mosque St, Mid-level, 3620 2323


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