3/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, TST / WWW.CALIENTE.HK
What is it?
A cool little spot that feels very much like an oasis in Hong Kong when sat out on the spacious terrace and comfy couches by candlelight sipping a guava margherita. This new Tex Mex establishment sits above the popular gastropub Assembly and offers up good quality fare with all the usual suspects with a few surprise choices that are harder to find in the 852.
A fun menu with everything you'd hope for when craving Mexican alongside a gigantic bowl of frozen cocktail. Mountains of nachos ($118) and gooey triangles of quesadilla ($108) sit alongside the refried bean dip ($98) layered with guacamole and cheese and the deep fried organic picante peppers ($78).
Chicken and beef options are followed by a vegetarian burrito that's chock full of fresh veggies and wrapped in a homemade tomato tortilla topped with a mild green pico de gallo. There are many varieties of tacos for which we opted for the Taco Don Salvador, a cornmeal breaded fish ($118) served in three mini tortillas with mounds of raw cabbage for a fresh crunchy slaw.
The Mexican street corn ($48) was gorgeously seasoned and a side dish we would return for in a heartbeat. The beef fajitas ($148) sizzled over to the table with a pleasing aroma and paper-thin strips of meat straight from the skillet, which made for the ideal filling for each mouthful of do-it-yourself wrap and roll.
Mexican fried ice cream ($88) fried before our very eyes and topped with a tangy raspberry coulis was like eating cake in reverse with the ice cream on the inside and the spongy stodge on the exterior.
A great convivial atmosphere with refreshingly minimalist design serving up good quality Tex Mex dishes.