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Another in the long list of Merivale offerings, El Loco is a Mexican Cantina, located smack bang in the middle of Surry Hills. Walk through the front entrance to The Excelsior pub and it looks like any normal front bar (apart from the $5 tacos sign brightly painted on the outside wall). But venture through and you eventually end up in Mexico.
This is not a place to be taken seriously, everything about El Loco screams fun. It is bright, full of rainbow colours and themed in very kitsch Mexican style. There are cactus’ galore, milk crates with colourful cushions, brightly coloured stools, rows of communal tables, mis-matched painted walls, loud music and people everywhere. Near the side street entrance, you’ll find the Tequila Shack on one side and the open kitchen on the other.
You order your drinks and food at the bar. After receiving your drinks (all served in plastic cups, no glass here) you’ll be given a large cactus to take back to your table as you wait for your food.
The food is fast, and it is good and we can thank Dan Hong for it. You probably won’t want to go past the $5 Tacos.
Apart from the Tacos (oh, and beware the ‘secret taco’ if you’re fussy about your meat), they also serve Nachos, Hotdogs, Sandwiches and even a Salad (just don’t assume that salad is necessarily healthy). But don’t expect anything fancy – this is street style Mexican food served in takeaway containers. Drinks wise, you’ve got an array of tequilas and tequila based cocktails to choose from as well as wine and Mexican beers.
The service is casual, down to earth and very friendly. The staff are no fuss – dressed in logo t-shirts and ripped jeans. Anything goes in this place, people are just here to have a good time with their amigos. Don’t bother dressing to impress. We doubt anyone would notice, or care, anyway.
We can’t help thinking their catch phrase ‘Nuestra casa es su casa’ (our home is your home) certainly rings true. Another Merivale success story.
Address: 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
Phone: +61 2 9211 4945
Hours: Mon – Tues – 12pm – late, Wed – 12pm – 1am, Thurs – Sat – 12pm – 3am, Sun – 12pm – 10pm
Website: El Loco