If you're in the mood for tacos, quesadillas, margaritas and tequila, then El Loco Later is where you need to be. This perfectly colourful cantina in the Excelsior Hotel oozes character and welcomes you to celebrate life, up late.
Great Mexican food should be inexpensive and informal yet made with high-quality ingredients, which is exactly what you'll find at El Loco Later At El Loco Excelsior Surry Hills, another quality Merivale establishment. They also received a mention in my article 15 Feeds in Sydney for $15 or Less
The space is bright, the décor is colourful, with walls adorned with images of skulls and hats, while the overhead lighting is eye-catching and fun. The outside courtyard area extends to the street and lends a casual ambience to the venue complete with brightly coloured tables and chairs. A great place to kick back and relax after the working week.
Selections from the up late menu include their signature dish, Tacos ($7.00 each or 3 for $20.00) with fillings of beef, chicken, tofu or the Baha fish tacos (tempura barramundi) If you're a little hungrier, try their award-winning El Loco Hot Dog ($15.00) that comes with pico de gallo, jalapeños, mustard relish, mayo and queso fresco, served with fries or the Nachos Supreme ($19.00) corn chips, beans, melted mozzarella, pico de gallo, served with a side of guacamole. This menu is available every night until close.
If you want to share or just feel like snacking, try the Chipotle fries ($10.00) served with chipotle mayo, or the Deep-Fried Chicken Wings ($14.00) served with jalapeno mayo. Extra Guac is available for $4.00, so you can treat yourself in style.
After savoury comes sweet, and you can't go past the traditional Churros ($9.00) –Coated in cinnamon sugar, served with a choice of either chocolate or dulce de leche sauce or a Dixie cup full of rich vanilla bean ice cream ($3.00)
You could pair your feast with a nice glass of wine from their wine list, choose a Caló Rioja Tempranillo ($9.00/150ml glass), from Spain or a Delinguente 'Screaming Betty' Vermentino ($12.00/150ml glass) from South Australia.
If you're more of a margarita person, (Si!) take a look at their margarita slushies, like an El Coco ($15.00) (Coconut and Lime) Olmeca Altos Blanco, Cointreau, coconut syrup, fresh lime, and topped with electric blue shredded coconut or the Red Sombrero ($15.00) (Strawberry) Olmeca Altos Blanco, Cointreau, muddled with strawberry, fresh lime, and a red salt rim.
Cocktails are in plentiful supply too – With offerings such as the Tepache Kid ($16.00) A blend of Maker's Mark, housemade Tepache, agave syrup and falernum, topped with a hint of cinnamon and the The Frida ($16.00) - An inspired portrait of Frida Kahlo: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Aperol, passionfruit, lemon and honey water, topped with Chandon Rose.
Of course, they serve a Classic Margarita ($15.00) to keep the traditionalists happy, which is made using Olmeca Altos Blanco, Cointreau, fresh lime and sugar, finished with a salted rim.
Relax after your working week, Mexican-style
With over 25 types of tequila on offer, you won't have a problem finding a tasty drink.
Jugs are available and are perfect for larger groups and parties (Jugarita ($45.00) or Sangria ($35.00) as well as tequila chasers (0.50c)
All of the above can be enjoyed with entertaining beats from DJ's until late to keep the party going.
Spice up your Friday and Saturday nights with good food, good drinks and good times at El Loco Later and see just how loco you can get, late at night.