These cantinas are proof that Singapore has some wickedly good Mexican food, from amazing salsa to delicious margaritas
We totally understand if you love your food with a bit of punch. I mean, we went loco making sambal in the kitchen and would rather be somewhere finishing off plates of ceviche (with spiked slushies). Speaking of going loco, here’s some authentic Mexican restaurants in Singapore (tacos! tortillas! guac!) to satiate your cravings if you’re constantly loco for Mexican cuisine. Buen provecho!
Holding reference to “Lucha Libre”, Lucha Loco prides itself in its relaxed and vibrant Loco vibes, and exciting Aztec and Mayan themed cocktail list. Menu-wise, Besides the selection of tacos, you can’t leave without ordering yourself some elotes, Mexican street-style grilled corn rubbed with mayo, chili, and cotija cheese. The heat from the chili and tangy cheese balance the sweetness of the corn beautifully. Speaking from experience, you won’t stop at just one (both tacos and elotes). You can also enjoy the same menu at the scenic Super Loco branches at Customs House and Robertson Quay.
Lucha Loco, 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598
Though not exclusively Mexican, Panamericana is bringing the cool factor to Sentosa Golf Club. It also brings to life the rich diversity of cuisines in the four countries along the sprawling 50,000km of the Pan-American Highway that stretches through the North, Central and South Americas. It’s an exciting spread and you’ll have to try the quesadillas, tostadas and empanadas yourself to get the Panamericana twist. And before you ask: yes there are churros and mezcal drinks…
Panamericana, Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Rd, Singapore 099892
Reminiscent of a grand home in Mexico, step into the premises of Casa Poncho and kick back with some mezcal and sharing plates. Need suggestions? We waxed lyrical about the very fresh sea bass ceviche with an avocado twist, Mexican grilled pork skewers with roasted pineapple couli, crispy fried chicken with triple salsa, beef cheek mole with fresh jicama, grilled Spanish octopus with ranchera salsa puree and the perfectly crispy and pillowy, Churros de Queso (cheese churros).
Casa Poncho, 14 Bukit Pasoh, Singapore 089828
Taking up a spot on the 45th floor of the Singapore Land Tower in Raffles Place, LES45 (short for Lower East Side 45) is one place where you can have Mexican food with a view. You’ll be impressed with how everything tastes so fresh, from the guacamole to the scallop ceviche to the tempura hake fish taco with a delightful hibiscus mayo and chicken tinga with mango guacamole complete with a sunny-side up. Don’t forget to order up some churros and margaritas to complete the meal.
LES45, Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place, #45-03, Singapore 048623
Los Jefes Taqueria
When we think of tortillas, tacos and beans, we think of Los Jefes Taqueria, helmed by culinary duo Lynn and Paco Belmonte who use traditional recipes and ingredients flown in straight from Mexico. With 15 years of experience supplying Mexican groceries in Singapore, you know your food’s in capable hands. Popular favourites include the classic chicken big burrito – moist, shredded chicken and caramelized onions in chipotle sauce, as well as the pastor: a traditional taco with thin, tender slices of pork marinated in Los Jefes’ own house blend, served with pineapple. Baja fish tacos, the go-to grub for beach bums in Ensenada, California, is also available right in Deliveroo Editions Katong.
Los Jefes Taqueria, on Deliveroo
Burritos are just what they do best. This place serves up some good and authentic (and huge!) Mission-style ones outside of San Francisco. It’s all about the tortillas, which are imported directly from North America. Stuff it with rice, refried beans, your choice of meat, some lettuce, and don’t forget the guac! Try the tender and flavourful lamb barbacoa or the carnitas.
Muchachos, 22 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089129
Cha Cha Cha
One of Singapore’s oldest Mexican restaurants around, Cha Cha Cha serves up fuss-free Mexican food in a casual family-friendly environment. Popular dishes include the sizzling Fajitas, warm tacos, big burrito with refried beans and Mexican rice and deep-fried stuffed Jalapenos. Yum!
Cha Cha Cha Mexican Restaurant, 32 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277690
Vatos Urban Taco
Korean taco anyone? Sounds like a wacky concept but a heavenly combination. Founded by Korean-Mexicans, the menu sees flavours from both cultures in all their dishes. Think Korean pork belly tacos, Galbi short rib tacos and even “Makgeolita” – a blend of tequila and Makgeoli, Korean rice wine).
Vatos Urban Tacos, 36 Beach Rd, Singapore 189766
If you don’t mind big crowds (it’s Clarke Quay after all), their super satisfying tacos are a must-try. They make a mean carnitas (slow-cooked pork) taco, but if you’ve trouble deciding, drop by for Taco Tuesdays, where there’s a one-for-one deal after 6pm.
Señor Taco, #01-07/12, 3A/3D River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179023
Nacho lovers, be prepared to be blown away. Crispy fried tortillas covered with your choice of meat, Mexican beans, properly melted cheese with chipotle paste, and get ready for it, REAL jalapenos! Big, fat vinegary jalapeno chilies, just as it should be.
Viva Mexico, 23 Cuppage Road, Cuppage Terrace, Singapore 229453
El Mero Mero
Mexican food isn’t all about tacos and burritos. At El Mero Mero, their creamy enchiladas verdes (corn tortilla filled with prawns, tomatillo-serrano salsa, and cheese) is a real crowd-pleaser. Extra points for the amazingly classy feels at this upscale dining spot!
El Mero Mero, #01-20 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Take your pick from tacos, burritos, and salad bowls, choose your meat, top it off with Mexican rice, fresh salsas and other toppings. We vote for their cochinita pibil (Yucatan style pulled pork), which is tender and juicy and their mango salsa. Fresh and tasty Mexican food right in the middle of the CBD, what’s not to like?
Mex Out, various locations, but we’re regulars at #01-01, 39 Pekin Street, Singapore 048769
This brightly coloured bar and restaurant is hard to miss as you wander around Arab Street and Haji Lane. A must-try here is their chunky guacamole that’s made fresh right in front of your eyes. Paired with warm and crunchy tortilla chips, their guacamole will definitely hit the spot.
Piedra Negra, 241 Beach Road, Singapore 189753
Expect the top-notch Mexican cuisine at this hangout, from tacos to burrito bowls. Their margaritas, made from 100% Blue Agave, are positively lip-smacking (and affordable too!). Plus, the restaurants generous drink promos will make sure you never go thirsty.
Cafe Iguana, #01-03 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 058282,
At La Salsa in the ritzy Dempsey neighbourhood, you can have your live music and eat tacos too. On Fridays and weekends you’ll get live musical entertainment in the form of classic rock anthems. And let’s not forget La Salsa’s stellar grilled chicken quesadillas. There’s your dinner and entertainment sorted!
La Salsa, 11 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249673
Guzman Y Gomez
Just ’cos you’re strapped for time doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on a hearty lunchtime feed. Pop by Guzman Y Gomez and order some gut-busting Mexican classics like burritos, tacos, fajitas and quesadillas. You’ve got a modest selection of fillings to choose from, both spicy and non spicy, but our firm favourite is the signature spicy chicken (in a burrito!). The food here is takeaway friendly and the service is fast, so you’ll be in and out in no time.
Guzman Y Gomez, various locations.
Barrio by Mex Out
Like your Mex with a side of Tex? You’ll be happy to hear of this brand new Mexican taqueria at 313 Orchard. Barrio, the latest venture by Mex Out, is a 70-seater restaurant that places a particular emphasis on fresh ingredients and authentic flavours. Expect tortas (Mexican burgers) and larger dishes like marinated flank steak and pan-roasted snapper. Goes without saying that Mexican classics like burrito wraps, rice bowls tacos and salads are also on the menu. Stave off the spice with a refreshing jug of sangria or their mean margaritas.
Barrio by Mex Out, 313@Somerset, #01-14/15, 313 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238895
Like slathering copious quantities of fresh spicy salsas on… everything? If you’re particular about your pico de gallo, Margarita’s offers one of the best, chunky, spicy salsas in their selection of Mexican staples. Come here with your possé to enjoy the carne asada – la campestre completa para tados. That’s almost as much of a mouthful as the size of this complete Mexican steak cookout! The platter features grilled prime grain-fed steak, tortillas, pico de gallo, guacamole and black beans for the ultimate DIY taco extravaganza.
Margarita’s, 11 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249673
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