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Mexican Delights
Eligio Escobedo, Verde Mar

Chef Eligio Escobedo followed in the footsteps of his restaurateur family and graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana with a degree in Gastronomy. He then worked in Mexico and the United States before coming to Hong Kong.
He describes being a chef as the best career in the world. “The food and beverage sector is one of the most competitive industries in the world,” he said. “You need to cook with heart and stay passionate to cope with the pressured working environment.”
Escobedo explained that Mexican cooking puts the priority on freshness. At Verde Mar, they only use fresh ingredients and prepare the food right after the orders are taken.

Chargrilled Cactus<br/>烤仙人掌扒

Chargrilled Cactus - Flavoured with a splash of lime juice, this cactus has a unique flavor, and texture like aloe or pickles. If you are looking for an unusual Mexican specialty, this healthy and green dish is definitely worth a try.

Steak Arrachera Carne Asada<br/>特選墨西哥Arrachera牛扒 <br/>

Steak Arrachera Carne Asada - Simple marinades plus a hot grill is the key to authentic Mexican steaks. The tender cut of arrachera, or skirt steak, is a treasure hidden in layers of fat near the cow’s stomach, and has a rich flavour. The steak is served with Verde Mar's signature chili-tomato sauce, fried onion, guacamole and Pico de Gallo salsa.

Avocado Burger Trio<br/>牛油果漢堡三重奏

Avocado Burger Trio - Verde Mar has a special menu dedicated to dishes featuring avocado. The Burger Trio features three antojitos (Mexican street food) featuring the signature Avocado Burger, tomato-guacamole salad cup and a fresh egg in red pepper. Diners can either pick the homemade steak burger or choose portobello mushroom for a vegetarian option.

Seafood Paella<br/>墨西哥海鮮飯

Seafood Paella - Paella reflects the Spanish influence in Mexico, and Mexican-style paella has a seafood base and is topped with jewels from the sea. In Verde Mar, diners can enjoy a flavourful rice dish with fresh clams, mussels, blue mussels, shrimp, calamari and oysters. This filling dish is a perfect comfort food for any occasion.

Mexican Banana Split<br/>香蕉船配自家雪糕

Mexican Banana Split - 香蕉經烤焗後形成焦糖脆面,上面再加上兩球自家製玉米雪糕。雪糕與香蕉激起一冷一熱的化學作用,相得益彰,為味蕾帶來無限驚喜。

Homemade Churro<br/>肉桂脆條配朱古力醬

Homemade Churro - Mexican sweet dishes are just as scrumptious as the savoury ones. Verde Mar's freshly made churro has a crunchy crust while the inside is deliciously soft – and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar elevates its aroma. Dipped in smooth chocolate sauce, no wonder it is one of the most popular finger foods in the country!

For people in Hong Kong – and indeed around the world – Mexican food may conjure up images of nachos and tacos. But there is a great deal more to Mexican cuisine than these popular dishes, as Verde Mar shows. 

The name, which means “green sea,” on the one hand represents the turquoise sea in Mexico, and on the other symbolises fresh and healthy fare. Established by Vivian Wong in 2015 and led by Executive Chef Eligio Escobedo, the restaurant shines a spotlight on some of the healthier elements of authentic Mexican cuisine. Although fans of nachos and tacos needn’t be concerned – both these well-loved classics are also available.

“Here we serve traditional Mexican cuisine with authentic flavours,” said Wong. “Mexican food is not limited to pub food. We want diners to explore more about Mexican cuisine and enjoy a healthy meal with heart and passion.”