All aboard the taco train! Shenzhen has been blessed with a swell of new Mexican restaurants in recent months, and fans of Mambo can now enjoy another creative taqueria option in the heart of Futian. Taking over the space that was formerly a wine and cigar shop, Teqo (a mashup of the words 'tequila' and 'taco,' according to Chef Eli Gregory) is about as central as you can get: smack dab in the middle of Central Walk mall, by the Convention & Exhibition Center.
Eli tells us that he’s aiming for fun and playful flavors in his modern take on a traditional taqueria. After 18 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and a stint at Shenzhen’s much-acclaimed Magpie, he certainly has the skills to deliver.
Naturally, the tacos are the star of the show, with something for everyone – the menu offers meat, vegetarian and seafood options. We choose the classic al pastor (RMB20), chicharron (RMB20) and baja fish (RMB25). All have their own special twists, but the baja fish is a standout, featuring a flour tortilla filled with tender, lightly-fried fish and cabbage. It pairs well with Teqo’s classic tortilla chips (RMB45) and creamy guacamole (RMB30).
Images via Teqo
We wash it all down with the spiked horchata (RMB68). Although watery, it’s unique and complements our meal just fine.
For dessert, we had to try the churros (RMB38), which are delightfully crispy and provide the perfect amount of sweetness for dipping in the decadent caramel and spicy chocolate sauces.
As soon as we walk in, we’re struck by the modern ambiance that still feels true to the bright, homey spirit of the taqueria. Everything about the décor is presented to create an elevated vibe that’s right at home in the swanky Central Walk mall.
Although the waitstaff still seem to be getting their bearings at the newly opened eatery, the service is warm and prompt. Eli mentions that taco and tequila-based cocktail specials might be coming soon, and even teases us with the prospect of a Mexican brunch. Say no more – we’ll definitely be back.
Image via Teqo
Who’s going: Futian yuppies, taco lovers
Good for: creative tacos with a swanky twist
Nearest metro: Convention & Exhibition Center (Exit B), 1 minute
See listing for Teqo.
[Top image via Teqo]