Three really is the magic number for Bali’s unstoppable Lacalongtime group. Lacasita is the third location for the island’s trailblazing Mexican restaurants, and this one’s bringing a whole new menu to the table.
First came Lacalaca in Seminyak, then came Lacalita in Canggu, and now, the technicoloured team behind Bali’s best Mexican joints has set up shop in Ubud with the brand new Lacasita Fonda Mexicana. Step aside patchouli, alfalfa sprouts and kombuch – chillis, enchiladas and Laca’s legendary Jalapeño Margaritas comin’ through!
That’s right Mexi-holics, Lacasita is spicing up Ubud’s food scene with its fresh, modern and muy picante contemporary Mexican cuisine, blurring the lines between lunch and late night cocktails. And, for the first time in Laca history, Lacasita is taking a slightly different approach to its predecessors. Unlike the two Lacas in Seminyak and Canggu, Lacasita has rolled out a brand new menu that’s heavily focussed around vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly items. It is Ubud, after all…
Not only tacos, quesadillas and tostaditas (though you’ll find those on the menu too) Lacasita is taking things to the next level with a more modern, refined approach that uses the freshest locally sourced ingredients around. Think broths, spices and charred veggies, instead of just queso, cream and guac. But don’t get your tortillas in a twist just yet. Just because Lacasita is less about Mexican cliches and more about contemporary classics, you won’t be disappointed with Laca’s new look.
The best way to get a taste of the new menu? Try a bit of everything of course (and there’s a sharing menu to help you do exactly that). Start with the Tortitas de Elote (Mexican style corn & jalapeño fritters with chipotle mayo) plus a grilled corn on the cob that’s slathered with an avocado crema, olive crumbs, chili flakes and more of that chipotle mayo. YUM.
Then move on to the adobo & lime spiced duck leg croquette with slaw, avocado and a fig mole sauce, alongside the spicy pork chorizo tostaditas, layered with guacamole, radish and pickled red onion. You’ll also want to try the traditional Mexican platos, from the crispy beetroot tlayuda topped with beef cheek in a Mole Poblano sauce, pico de gallo and avocado, to the tempura cauliflower with sweet potatoes, grilled fennel and a papaya & peanut pipian sauce. Vegans, that one’s for you.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Laca experience without the cocktails – lots and lots of cocktails – so Lacasita doesn’t disappoint there either. The ever-famous Jalapeño Margarita sits alongside some of the best libations we’ve found in Bali’s hippie heart. Our fave? The frozen Guava Colada – a zesty twist on the classic graced with a giant and juicy pineapple slice. And to help keep those cocktails coming, Laca’s too-bueno-to-be-true happy hours are in full swing here too: two for one Mojitos, classic Margaritas, Caipiroskas and Sangrías, Monday to Friday from 5-7pm.
And psst! To really knock Laca lovers out of the park, Lacasita has just launched a brand new tapas-style Mexican Sunday brunch too. Rest assured, Bloody Marys will be flowing like there’s no manana… Arriba!
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