Guangzhou Restaurant Review: TNC Restaurant and Bar

By Francesca Zhang, December 1, 2020

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The Place

Originated from Los Angeles, Korean-Mexican fusion combines traditional elements of American-style Mexican and Korean fare. This autumn, Guangzhou welcomed one of its very first Korean-Mexican fusion restaurants! 

We check out TNC on a Sunday night, which is located on Xingsheng Lu, across the road from McDonald’s. This small restaurant can accommodate approximately 20 people at the same time, and gets busy around 7pm, so plan your visit accordingly.   

The Food

The menu is full of many exciting options – besides classic burritos, tacos, quesadillas and nachos, we also find a lot of Korean elements such as kalbi beef, kimchi and bimimbap. While we are confident as to what Mexican dishes we are looking to order, we do seek out the expert advice of the waitress for a Korean food recommendation.

The first dish from the kitchen is the chorizo nachos, which are served with generous toppings – perfect for sharing. 

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When we place our taco order, we can pick from crispy corn, soft flour tortillas and cabbage shell. The food comes out rather quick and the kalbi beef on the tacos is juicy. In case you’re not familiar with the term kalbi, it is generally used for Korean BBQ. As diners who have eaten their fair share of Korean BBQ, we think the kalbi in the tacos is authentic. 

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In addition to tasty classic Mexican fare, we are intrigued by TNC’s bibimbap and decide to give it a try. While we are excited at the notion of ordering tacos and bibimbap at the same table, we have to admit that the Mexican dishes come out tastier than the Korean counterparts (sorry not sorry, bibimbap).

On a side note, TNC offers happy hour from 5-8pm every day except for Mondays.

The Vibe

As we mentioned, TNC is a small space that tends to fill up quickly. If you do arrive early, we recommend a table away from the A/C unit as we learned it tends to drip a bit... fortunately, we scored a complimentary cheesecake out of the leaky ordeal so we’ll celebrate the small victory.

For curious consumers wondering what a Mexican-Korean fusion shop is like, TNC is definitely the place to hit up. Whether you’re craving Mexican or Korean fare, TNC has you covered. 

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Price: RMB150
Who’s going: taco lovers, burrito bosses
Good for: Mexican and Korean dishes
Nearest metro: Liede Station (Line 5, exit D)

Tue-Sun noon-2pm, 5.30-11pm. See listing for TNC.

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