Going loco, El Loco that is
Before heading off to get some $5 taco goodness with Miss J, A and H, the work girls and I decided to grab a drink at Cafe Lounge before we went our separate ways for the night. It was happy hour and we braved the $5 drinks, some faring worse than others in our drink selection. Miss R made faces into her whisky. The white was luckily drinkable and we settled into a booth amongst the coloured lights, metal gilt bar and kitschy tropical island scene that covered one wall. It was a good place for Friday after work drink as we slowly shed our work skin off and nestled into our relaxed weekend one. It’s a chilled out bar that feels like you’re at a friend’s house (you know that one that you went to uni with who had awesome house parties, yeah them). Even the toilet door has a sign with a witty sticker on it that referred to Starbucks, but I just can’t remember it right now. You’ll just have to go to check it out.
After bidding the work girls adieu, I entered a crazily packed El Loco. It was spewing patrons onto the streets in a music festival like manner. We even saw the Bingle. Which yes, we did point. And no we did not ask where the bloody hell are ya. Even though I wanted to. Ok, so I may have said it when she was in close proximity. But it wasn’t directed at her. Anyway, back to the tacos. Let me talk about the tacos. Yuuuuuuum. Ok, you might need slightly more descriptive words than that. If you can get somewhere to perch your drinks, so you have both hands free for some taco eating, I recommend that you go with a group and get a few of each taco.
We ordered the chicken, beef, prawn and my favourite, the surprise taco. I’m always a sucker for the surprise anything. The Carne Asada is packed with lemongrass beef, guacamole and salsa verde and the Camaron has tiny prawns, salsa verde and pico de gallo. Another of my favourites because I’m a corn lover was the Pollo which had chicken and sweet corn salsa and then there was the special, which to be honest, I can’t remember what was in it. But I do remember that I devoured it feverishly and it had a great hot, orange coloured sauce drizzles all over it. All are served with cabbage, coriander, spring onions, salsa verde and pico de gallo and instead of the soft taco, you can have it on a lettuce leaf. It looked a little to dangerous to me and I love my soft tacos, but it’s a fun looking option. It also adds a touch of Dan Hong’s (of Lotus fame) Asian influence.
What makes these all so stuff in your face-able is that they’re great size servings for $5 which is always ok by me, the flavours are varied and it’s got a great, fun vibe. I imagine that in summer, it’s going to be unbearably hot, seeing as it was last night and it’s only August. so go on, go El Loco. You may get to see Lara Bingle or some other Australia Z rated celebrity. Or not. Actually, it would be better if not.
After all this standing, as there’s no way you’re ever going to get a table there on a Friday night, we went up the road to the Cricketers, where I wont go into the details but I managed to have a fight with the bouncer and I fell asleep on the bus on the way home. It has been a big week. Now, off to get another cat nap in before Saturday properly begins! Oh how I love you Mr Weekend!