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The Best Of Hong Kong
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By James Yip | December 6th, 2017
  • Bar, Restaurant
  • Central, HK Island, Lan Kwai Fong
  • Address: Basement,21 D'Aguilar Street,Lan Kwai Fong, Central
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/LosSotano/
  • Open Hours: Monday-Thursday, Dinner, Late Night; Friday-Sunday, Dinner, Late Night
  • Capacity: 300
  • Open Since: October 28th, 2017
  • Phone: 2970-3887
  • Rating: 4
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Cocktails, Mexican, Modern, Snacks, Tapas
  • Ambience: Casual, Intimate, Loud, Trendy

Hideaway in LKF: The site of the former Hong Kong Brew House is now a hangout split into a more upscale Cali-Mex featuring date-worthy dishes like flank steak and ice-cream tacos; and Mexican speakeasy Los Sotano downstairs.

Interiors at Los Sotano
Interiors at Los Sotano

Look & Feel: While the upstairs Cali-Mex is very LKF-esque, the basement Los Sotano is a lair of sexy sophistication. Aside from the spotlight-grabbing neon lights that read “Tequila makes me take my clothes off”, expect exotic walls lined with Mexican tiles, gold-painted skulls, ropes and sensual murals drawn by Miami graffiti artist Le Creep. Seats are spacious, with self-serve wine and beer dispensers growing out of most tabletops.

On the Menu: It may not be your poison, but don’t leave Los Sotano without trying a few of their 80-plus tequilas and cocktails designed by Robert Kariakin from West Hollywood’s “The Abbey.” Opt for the Cinco de Mayo if you have a sweet-tooth to satisfy; but for the more adventurous palates, Bad Hombre is  a clever melange of Reposado Tequila, Cynar, Pimentos and beer served in a paper-bag wrapped beer bottle with a wedge of pineapple stuffed up top. Hard-core tequila drinkers would appreciate the bar’s one-of-a-kind Caso Dragons and Clase Azul Ultra Anejo, at… $3000 a shot. 

Food-wise, street favorites like Pescado Street tacos are mouthfuls of utter scrumptiousness; think tequila-marinated shrimp, chicken, rib eye, fish, avocado, and pork belly. Nachos are made with home-made corn chips — thin crisps that are fried just right. And the table-side guacamole is an absolute no-brainer.

Table-side Guacamole
Table-side Guacamole

Great For: small gatherings; a romantic date.

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