In 2010, Unesco declared Mexican cuisine a part of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity, and for a good reason. Check out our picks of Jakarta’s most notable Mexican restaurants.
Forever in the mood for Taco Tuesdays, Fajita Fridays, and Guac #EveryDamnDay? Join the club! From overstuffed burritos to crispy churros, Mexican food is a tasty treat that win our hearts (and stomachs) any day of the week. Ahead, we dish out the Mexican restaurants in Jakarta your mouth can’t miss. Hope you’re hungry!
Gonzo’s Tex Mex Grill
At Gonzo’s Tex Mex Grill, leave your diet at the door as you load up on Tex Mex favourites like heaping servings of nachos, jalapeno poppers, and buffalo wings. The super casual eatery does a pretty loco lunch deal too – two for one tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas, and fajitas are on the menu from Monday to Friday.
Gonzo’s Tex Mex Grill, LG Lotte Shopping Avenue. p. +62 21 2988 8973.
The recently opened Super Loco is as incredible as you’ve heard it is. The authentic Mexican joint has definitely proven popular over the past few weeks and it’s almost impossible to get a seat via walk-in. Stuff your belly with their famous tacos – there’s even a vegetarian option if you swing that way – and their guacamole is one of the best in town. If you’re drinking with your dinner, Super Loco also boasts a killer margarita list.
Super Loco, Pacific Place, Ground Floor, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52 – 53, SCBD, Jakarta. p. +62 21 5797 3553.
If you have spent some time in Kemang, chances are that you have stumbled upon a striking orange truck surrounded by a crowd of happy-looking punters. In fact, the restored American 1941 Chevrolet is a makeshift restaurant that dishes up Mexican fare bound to add a dose of spice to anybody’s life. While the Loco Mama menu isn’t huge, rest assured that whatever arrives on your plate will be worth your while. Select your dish (burritos or nachos) and toppings – including meat, different types of salsa, jalapenos, guacamole and cheese – and enjoy the ride.
Loco Mama, locations change, follow them on Twitter and Instagram to find out where they’re parking next.
Hands down, the coolest Tex-Mex joint in town is Taco Local. The cozy taqueria recently expanded to accommodate the city’s demand for delicious tacos. But Taco Local isn’t all looks and no substance. In addition to tacos and burritos, the restaurant also serves up tasty tortas (sandwiches) and tostadas (crispy open-faced tacos) with special fillings like lengua (tongue), or carnitas (braised or simmered pork), or opt for some of the more classic options.
Taco Local, Jl. Darmawangsa Raya No. 4, South Jakarta.
Hacienda Mexican Bar and Grill
With more food options than you could throw a sombrero at, Hacienda Mexican Bar and Grill is one of Jakarta’s most beloved Mexican restaurants. Feast on the wide selection of soft and crispy tacos, nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos, or enchiladas before digging into a tequila-lemon pie for dessert. The restaurant’s festive atmosphere is complimented by its eclectic décor – the heavy wooden doors open onto distressed brick walls and a cacophony of vibrant colors. Live music and a range of delicious margaritas, signature tequila cocktails, and frosty Coronas complete the picture.
Hacienda Mexican Bar and Grill, Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Unit X 105, Jl. New Delhi No. 9 Pintu I Senayan, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/5790-1469. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun 11:30am-1am.
Hacienda Mexican Bar and Grill, Street Gallery Pondok Indah mall, 1st floor No 101 A & Terrace, Jl.Metro Pondok Indah Blok III B, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/2952-9719. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun 11:30am-1am.
Amigos Bar and Cantina
A local favorite since it opened its doors in 1979, Amigos Bar and Cantina features a huge menu of Tex-Mex dishes. The fiesta of flavours on offer ranges from staples such as nachos and fajitas to more unusual treats such as berenjena (eggplant dip) and chicken-tortilla soup (shredded chicken in a pepper-infused broth topped with avocado and tortilla strips). Those who enjoy an after-dinner tipple will be pleased to know that Amigos serves some of the meanest frozen margaritas in town. And even better on Mondays, the margaritas are half-off! The restaurant also hosts regular live music acts guaranteed to put a smile on your face long into the night.
Amigos Bar and Cantina, Kemang Club Villas, Jl. Kemang Selatan I, Kemang, South Jakarta, p. 62-21/719-2584. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-12am, Sat-Sun 8:30am-12am.
Amigos Bar and Cantina, Bellagio Boutique Mall, Ground Floor, Kuningan, South Jakarta, p.62-21/3006-6558. Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-12am, Sat-Sun 8:30am-12am.