Friday, June 14, 2013

El Loco at Slip Inn, Sydney CBD

I'm not sure when or how this trend happened, but there seems to be little Mexican restaurants popping up everywhere in Sydney! Everyone's getting on board the train for Mexican fiestas! One that has been around for a while already is El Loco. Hearing good things about Dan Hong's restaurants, I decided to visit the newly opened one at Slip Inn for a late birthday dinner with my friends. I've yet to visit the one in Surry Hills which has been there for a while, but one step at a time right guys? I'll try the hot dogs and tacos there next time!

BBQ chicken, $19.00
I stole some of my friend's BBQ chicken which had such a lovely charred exterior. The chicken with the chipotle mayo and salsa roja on the side definitely hit the spot. Chipotle mayo makes everything right with the world! I must emphasise how big this dish actually was. Just look at it!! My friend was incredibly happy with it as he exclaimed "The portion is perfect!" Well, as a dude, I suppose half a chook would be a perfect portion size... I can't say the same for us ladies!

Roasted pork belly, $19.00
As soon as I saw the pork belly on the menu, I knew I just had to order it. Look at all that fatty goodness! (This cannot be good for my cardio health). The crackling was so crunchy that I had difficulty cutting through it with the very sharp, pointy knife. It was succulent and juicy and eaten together with the much needed pineapple salsa, it was very good indeed. I loved the Mexican rice which had been spiced (though I'm not sure what they use) and the salad cleansed the mouth of any lingering fattiness so that you could pretend you're really not eating something that bad ;)

I also managed to try a few of the cocktails on the menu (courtesy of my lovely friends). You all must get the Pink Cuco - you won't regret it! It was like a grapefruit slushie! Because it was so refreshing, it was very easy to continue drinking :)

The staff were very friendly. Word of warning, if you do want to order the pork belly, get in quick and get in early! A friend of mine was disappointed that they ran out of pork belly, but they offered to replace his order with anything he wanted and didn't beat an eyelash when he asked if it was alright to order the pork torta and hot dog. The only downside was how cramped the table was, but we all didn't mind having our friends close by :D

I'm sure we'll be visiting more Mexican restaurants in the future - ole!

El Loco at Slip Inn
111 Sussex St
Sydney, 2000
http://merivale.com.au/el-loco-at-slip-inn/

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday – 12:00pm til' late

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16 comments:

  1. I still haven't made it here! But that pork belly is convincing me that I need to go :D

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    1. The serving portions are huuuge as well!

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  2. i reckon the Mexican trend happened partly because of GYG and Mad Mex branches popping up everywhere. before the first stores open, i remember being bummed on the lack of Mexican restaurants in Sydney esp when i went to the States. would like to try that pork belly!

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    1. Ooh lucky you got to travel to the states though!! Still dreaming of the day I do :D But that seems like a very logical explanation! Pork belly is always the shiznit :P

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  3. I keep forgetting that El Loco has a new location now. Must try it out!

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    1. I've still yet to try the original one! I heard the taco portion sizes at Slip Inn are much smaller so I would probably avoid those :) and instead, favour the bigger dishes hehe!

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  4. WOW!! I love the look of the pork belly... I think we need more Mexican food, I have had some great Mexican in Melbourne :) I will have to try this restaurant too :)

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    1. Mexican food definitely seems like it's trending right now! I'll be heading over to Melbourne in the next couple of months so I'm excited to see what they have to offer :D

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  5. The chicken and pork belly dishes look fab! Might have to pay the slip inn el loco a visit as the surry hills branch doesn't seem to have these dishes!

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    1. I haven't been to the Surry Hills branch yet! But I also noticed when I checked the menus online that Surry Hills didn't have these dishes so I decided to put the tacos off until next time :P

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  6. that pork belly is amazing! want!

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  7. Good to see them expanding their menu options :)

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    1. And expanded menu is always a good thing - more choices! :D

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  8. Have to head there for lunch soon!

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    1. Mm I could really do with some tacos right now!

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