Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Noshing on Nachos

A giant platter of nachos at Agave that is a meal in itself for two people
On the weekend my friend YTSL had a hankering for nachos.

At first she wanted to try a Tex-Mex restaurant in Sai Ying Pun, but we soon discovered on Open Rice, a website that gives restaurant listings and people's opinions of the places, that this eatery in Western was not so good, in other words not very hygienic.

So we fell back on one of her favourite places called Agave on Lockhart Road in Wan Chai.

She had warned me ahead of time that the plate of nachos was so big that it was good enough for two people, and loaded with ground meat, beans and guacamole that it was a meal in itself.

At the appointed time of around 1pm on Saturday we met up and found the place quite empty. Despite the decor's colourful attempt to bring some bright cheer to the place, the Filippino staff seemed humdrum about working there and didn't seem too keen on making customers feel welcome.

In any event I arrived first and perused the menu which featured two different nacho platters, one called Gringos (HK$118) that has tortilla chips topped with melted cheddar cheese, tomato salsa, jalapeno peppers, sour cream and cilantro; the other Machos (HK$118) where the tortilla chips are covered in beans, melted cheese, tomato salsa, serrano peppers, guacamole and cilantro.

The first of two bowls of guacamole we at with the nachos
I had decided on Machos, but when YTSL arrived, she warned the peppers were very spicy so we ordered Gringos instead.

When the massive plate arrived, it was quite impressive, but we soon discovered Gringos did not have the beans and guacamole and had to order the latter as a side dish.

It was a good snacking dish, but probably Machos would have been more nutritious with the beans. In any event after two bowls of guacamole that came to a whopping HK$96 along with a pint of beer and two glasses of lime soda, we practically demolished the giant tower of nachos.

Our bill came to HK$376 for two.

The place is also known for its margaritas and the trio of diners at the next table ordered one each. These drinks were massive -- giant bulbous glass goblets, filled with the crushed ice alcoholic drink. And for happy hour, you can get two of those for the price of one.

Needless to say, by the time 6pm rolled around, I was still very full from lunch despite doing a few errands before going home.

I probably won't be eating nachos again anytime soon, but if I do, it'll be the Machos.

Agave
93 Lockhart Road
Wan Chai
2866 3228
www.epicurean.com.hk

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