Craving Mexican Food in Singapore? Best Guide to Get Your Tacos, Burritos and More
Margaritas and guacamole? Bring them on. Singapore is a veritable melting pot of cultures and of cuisines as well. The city spoils us for choice when it comes to places to eat and the local culinary scene adjusts to the demands of various palates. Mexican food is no exception as Mexican restaurants increased in number in just a few years.
As the number of restaurants increased, choosing one that is perfect for your mood may be tricky. That’s why, when in doubt, go Mexican. To help you when you happen to be craving for tacos, burritos and more, here is a roundup of Mexican restaurants to check out.
1. Cha Cha Cha, Oldest Mexican Restaurant in SG
Cha Cha Cha is a laid-back and casual dining spot that has been serving up authentic Mexican food since 1990. Located in the vibrant dining area of Holland Village, this restaurant is known for its no-frills but good food. The standards are ever present such as burritos, tacos, and chimichangas. Many are also raving about their Mexican churros, which are served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Get your fill of tacos on Taco Tuesday, when they one-for-one.
- Recommended dishes: Chimichangas (deep-fried burritos), Tacos (beef, fish) and churros
- Address: 32 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village
- Operating hours: Mon to Thurs & Sun – 1130am-11pm, Fri & Sat – 1130am-12am
- Website: http://chachacha.com.sg/
2. Señor Taco is More Than Just Tacos
Señor Taco is also another Mexican restaurant that has been around for a while. Open since 2009, it was the first taqueria to open in Singapore. Located in the busy and popular Clarke Quay, it serves up its signature dish “Tacos al Pastor” together with other taco dishes. Other Mexican staples are on the menu such as quesadillas and ceviches. Pair them up with classic spirits, such Margaritas made with high-quality tequila.
- Recommended dishes: Tacos al Pastor, enchiladas, margaritas
- Address: Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Rd, 01-07-A
- Operating hours: Sun to Tue – 6pm-130am, Wed to Sat – 4pm-330am
- Website: http://www.senortaco.sg/
3. Classy Mexican Dining at El Mero Mero
If you want to impress a date and take her/him to a romantic Mexican dinner, El Mero Mero should be on top of your list. According to popular reviews, the restaurant’s enchiladas verdes comes highly recommended. Their version is a creamy one which has prawns, with lots of cheese and tomatillo-serrano salsa. Check out their happy hour promotion which features Mexican beers and other drinks.
- Recommended dishes: Burritos, Donas de Huitlacoche (savoury smoked corn and mushroom donuts), Aguachile de Callo Hacha, Barbacoa de Lengua tacos
- Address: #01-20 Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street, 187996
- Operating hours: Sun to Wed – 12nn-3pm; 5pm-11pm, Thu to Sat – 12nn-3pm; 5pm-1am
- Website: http://elmeromero.sg
4. Best and Biggest Burritos at Muchachos
Mission-style burritos are what you can find at Muchachos. The restaurant is located at Keong Saik and has an industrial ambiance. What’s best about their burritos is their size which most reviews describe as “a beast of a burrito.” Their burritos make use of imported tortillas and you can choose the usual carnitas (pork), or amp up your chicken burrito with extra guacamole or fajita vegetables. You can also have your burrito without rice for those looking for a healthier option. For smaller appetites, there is the burritino.
- Recommended dishes: Pork and beef burritos, guacamole,
- Address: 22 Keong Saik Rd, 089129
- Operating hours: Mon to Thu – 12nn-4pm; 6pm-10pm, Thu to Sat – 12nn-10pm, Sun – closed
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/muchachos.sg
5. Fire-grilled Dishes at Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill originated from the United States when it opened its first store in 1990. It brings the same philosophy in food when it opened branches here in Singapore. The “fresh” in their name is a testament to their belief that food should always be fresh and different. In Singapore, they now have 4 branches, one of which (Rendevouz Gallery) is open 24 hours from Wednesday to Sunday. They offer fire-grilled Mexican favorites such as burritos and tacos, as well as a variety of Tex-Mex bowls. They also offer island-wide delivery.
- Recommended dishes: Enchilada-style burritos, bonfire bowls
- Address: Rendezvous Gallery, 9 Bras Basah Road, #01-03, 189559 (and 3 other branches)
- Operating hours: Mon to Tue – 830am-10pm, Wed to Sun – 24h
- Website: http://bajafresh.com.sg
6. From down under, Guzman y Gomez
Guzman y Gomez is a big chain of Mexican taquerias that has its roots in Australia. Its founder Steven Marks comes from New York where he grew up with Latin culture and food, which he brought to the land down under. Aside from Australia, they also expanded to Singapore where they now have 6 restaurants. GYG, according to their website, was named after two people who were influential in popularizing Latin culture. Its restaurants boast not just of authentic Mexican food, but also a uniquely Latin cultural experience. Their ingredients are fresh and their food freshly cooked. Kids will also enjoy GYG’s kid’s meals, with their very own burrito and nachos.
- Recommended dishes: Burritos, Quesadillas, Nachos, Tacos, Kid’s Meals,
- Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green #01-32, The Star Vista, 138617 (and 5 other branches)
- Operating hours: Daily including public holidays – 1030am-930pm
- Website: http://www.gyg.com.sg
7. New Kids on the Block: Mex Out and Barrio by Mex Out
Diversity on a plate – that is what Mex Out and its chain of restaurants promise. Whether you are vegetarian, a picky healthy eater or an all-out foodie, they will have something for you on their menu. And since everything is freshly made from the best ingredients available, they promise that you will leave with your taste buds satisfied. They have an interesting range of Mexican street food, such as grilled corn and stuffed jalapenos. Together with their equally interesting Mexican cocktails and drinks, this makes Mex Out one of the favorite places to chill out with friends.
- Recommended dishes: Grilled corn, Stuffed jalapenos, Skinny tacos
- Address: 12 Marina Boulevard, #02-05 Marina Bay Financial Tower 3, 018982 (and 5 other branches, 1 opening soon)
- Operating hours: Mon to Fri – 7am-930pm
- Website: http://www.mexout.com
8. Eat and Dance at La Salsa
If you want nothing short of a fiesta, La Salsa is the place for you. This restaurant-bar is known for its live Latin music on Fridays and over the weekend. Featuring bands that play not just Latin, but also rock, pop and Motown, you will surely enjoy a night out here. Home-style Mexican food is on the menu, with standards such as nachos and quesadillas as their best seller. True to its name, it also serves up different varieties of salsa, from salsa verde, salsa roja, devil salsa and mango lime salsa, which go well with crispy corn tortilla chips.
- Recommended dishes: Corn chips with different types of salsa
- Address: 11 Dempsey Road, #01-17
- Operating hours: Sun to Thu – 12nn-12am, Fri, and Sat – 12nn-12am
- Website: http://www.lasalsa.com.sg
9. Go Loco Over Lucha Loco
Lucha Loco on Duxton Hill is a vibrant restaurant and bar that prides itself on Mexican street food with a modern twist. Founded by a group of three friends who got their inspiration from their travels around the world, this place is as colorful as the food it serves. People usually do not stay indoors as the restaurant has an alfresco area perfect for enjoying one or more Mexican cocktails. Dishes such as tostaditas, fish tacos and ceviches are brought to your table by equally colorful masked waiters called luchadors. Their must-try dish is the Corn Elotes, grilled corn coated with salt, chili powder, butter, cotija, lime juice, and mayonnaise or crema fresca.
- Recommended dishes: Corn Elotes, Chupitos Mexican Lovers (cocktail)
- Address: 15 Duxton Hill
- Operating hours: Mon to Thu – 12nn-4pm; 5pm-12am, Fri -12nn-4pm; 5pm-1am, Sat – 6pm-1am
- December: http://www.super-loco.com
10. Fine Mexican Dining at Margarita’s
Margarita’s has been around since 1988. Its location makes it a perfect venue for that romantic but one-of-a-kind date or an intimate family gathering. As one of Singapore’s first Mexican restaurants, they are known for treating Mexican cooking as an art form, making sure that they only use fresh and authentic ingredients.
Unlike most restaurants, however, they are not only limited to Mexican street food as they also serve a variety of main dishes. These include a Mexican steak and their Margarita’s Chicken made with a special marinade. Deserts are interesting as well, with Mexican Fried Ice Cream and Mexican Brownies with Burnt Caramel Sauce.
- Recommended dishes: Especialidades (Main Courses) and Postres (Deserts)
- Address: Blk 11, Dempsey Road, #01-19, 249673
- Operating hours: Daily – 1130am-11pm
- Website: https://www.margaritasrestaurante.com
There you go – our list (although not exhaustive) of Mexican restaurants and bars you can try out when in the Lion City. With these cantinas offering good Mexican food for different types of dining and budgets, all you need to do is choose, and make the next move. Most have online reservations facilities on their website or through aggregators, as some of these places maybe packed or busy. Or if you are too tired to dine out, take away or delivery is also attractive options. Just make sure to check out their websites for details.
Go ahead and fulfill that craving, no matter how often. And as the Mexicans say: “Buen provecho!”
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