With locations scattered throughout Hong Kong Island and, just recently, on Kowloon side, Cali-Mex has established themselves as a quick, cheap, and reliable option for those looking to chow down on some hearty Mexican food. With practically all dishes under $100 HKD, you really can’t go wrong if you’re looking for a fast fix.
Food: New Secret Menu & Healthy Options
Cali-Mex has jumped on the new-ish Hong Kong trend of having a secret menu. Unlike other restaurants that blatantly (and ironically) advertise their not-so “secret” menu, we actually had no idea what we were going to get until we went up to the cashier to order. The Burrito el Grande consisted of a pulled pork and black bean burrito with sour cream and guacamole on top surrounded by nachos. The burrito itself was quite good, though the bottom kept getting stuck to the cardboard plate it was in, making it a slight challenge to eat the burrito without making an absolute mess.
In an attempt to appease the masses (AKA all the Pure-loving yoga fanatics out there), they also offer a selection of healthier options. The “Naked Salad” with fish, salsa, and guacamole is a good choice if you’re not really in the mood to walk around with a food-baby after you’re done eating (totally worth it though, amiright?!). The salad was light, but the fish needs more seasoning. As well, on the menu it stated that “mixed greens” were an ingredient, however there was only disappointing iceberg lettuce.
If you’re in a pinch to find somewhere quick to eat that won’t cost you more than a $100 HKD bill, Cali-Mex is a good and very convenient go-to. Just don’t expect too much: this is, after all, still fast food.
Various locations including: Kennedy Town, Sai Ying Pun, Central, LKF, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Quarry Bay, and Mong Kok (aka basically everywhere on the Island).