Sick of the same old HK haunts? Head to Los Sotano, LKF’s newest speakeasy for a night of tequila, cocktails and delicious Mexican food
Whether you’re new to Hong Kong or have been here forever, it’s more than likely that you’ve had at least one big night out in LKF. Known for jello shots, dancing on the streets and staying open until the wee hours, we all know what to expect from Lan Kwai Fong (and even after we’ve had kids we’ve gone to some of those places!). But, if you’re looking for something a little different, let us introduce you to a bar that’s been hidden right under our noses.
Los Sotano is LKF’s answer to Mexican food (and drinks!). Hidden beneath Cali-Mex, sneak around to the side-street and find the secret barrel door – or ask the friendly staff in Cali-Mex to show you the way (as we may or may not have done). Following the staircase down into Los Sotano, the mood is already set. From the low-lighting to the graffiti-inspired Mexican murals that cover the walls, to the famed “Tequila Makes My Clothes Come Off” neon sign, you know that you’re going to be in for a good night, whether you’re with the gal pals or on a date with your mate.
It comes as no surprise that tequila is Los Sotano’s speciality. Showcasing over 80 premium tequilas and mezcals, including some varieties that you won’t find anywhere else in Hong Kong, the bartends work their magic and mix up a variety of unique and moutherwatering cocktails. If you’re a purist, there is also a range of tasting flights on the menu to choose from, but we couldn’t resist trying out a cocktail or two. Beginning with the classics, we sampled the Los Sotano Margarita ($120), made with Avion Silver Tequila, Fresh Lime, Agave and Orange Liqueur, it was a sure step-up from many margaritas found in Hong Kong, and the perfect tipple to start our evening off with. We also had to try the Tequila Makes My Clothes Come Off ($150) purely for the name. Consisting of Lavender-Infused El Luchador Overproof Tequila, Grapefruit, Fresh Lime and Citrus Soda, it was fresh, floral and fruity. Served playfully on a lipstick stained napkin, with “Linda” written on, the story behind the drink added to the fun, speakeasy vibe of Los Sotano.
After a few cocktails it was on to the food. Los Sotano is great for both classic and modern renditions of Mexican cocktails, but after a couple, you’ll be needing something to line your stomach with. Head Chef, Abel Ortiz A has created a delicious selection of Mexican fare which is the perfect accompaniment to your drinks. We sampled a variety of dishes from the menu, starting with Tableside Guacamole ($150). Served fresh right at your table, the popular dip came complete with plenty of lime juice and fresh flavours, along with the addition of pomegranate seeds, which gave a welcome addition of texture to the dish. Los Sotano also serves up a variety of tacos (priced between $50 and $70 each), of which we enjoyed the Al Pastor (spit roasted pork shoulder with grilled pineapple), but our favourite was definitely the Lobster Drunk on Tequila (Avion Tequila marinated lobster with guacamole).
Though ever-popular, Los Sotano offers up more than just tacos when it comes to its food menu. The “La Parilla” menu includes a variety of tequila-infused specialities, such as the Tequila USDA Ribeye ($360), but we were also drawn to the likes of the Whole Barramundi ($390) and Lasagna Mexicano ($210). The fish was cooked perfectly, flaking away from the bone, and was flavoured subtly by the Vera Cruz sauce. We found it was best enjoyed with a side of Mexican Rice ($50). On the other end of the spectrum, the Lasagna Mexicano was an indulgent treat. Fully loaded with chipotle bechamel sauce and chicken al pastor, this cheesy dish is definitely one made for sharing.
If you’re not full to the brim after all of that, finish your meal off with the classic Mexican dessert of Churros ($50), served with ice cream and chocolate sauce – and be sure to get another round of cocktails in before heading home (or getting ready to dance).
Sassy Mama readers can enjoy a complimentary round of Margaritas when ordering from Los Sotano’s “La Parilla” menu. Make sure to quote “SassyParilla” when making your reservation!
Los Sotano, Basement, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, www.lossotano.com, www.facebook.com/LosSotano