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After two years of messy eating, Muchachos gets a facelift. This Cali-Mex joint's approach follows in the build-your-own burrito vein. Owners Jonathan Yang (an ex-PR consultant) and SHATEC-grad Elson Lee, the self-described muchachos with a brotherly bond, were likewise inspired by American-style burrito joints that take their reference from the ones found in San Francisco's Mission District.

Originally with a minimalist, semi-industrial feel, the restaurant now has a brand new look for its dining room, logo and colour scheme, but the restaurant’s aim remains simple: ‘burritos from noon to midnight’, as it says on their door. While the West Coast-harking flavours remain unchanged, Muchachos adds meaty tacos, a California burrito and a shrimp wrap inspired by Miami to the menu. Prices remain, starting from $9 for a smaller-sized burritino (for the ‘womenfolk’ and ‘nansy-pansies’, taunts their distressed copper signboard), and $12 for a fuller burrito – the lowest prices of all the recent Mexican joints (and which may have also inspired Club Street’s Pistola into lowering their prices to a flat $12 for all items).

There’s a basic selection of beans, rice and salsa, plus the option of five proteins to add into your burrito (all for the base price) – we recommend the sinfully juicy pork butt carnitas cooked in its own fat, or the oven-braised lamb shoulder barbacoa; the pescado, a deepfried and battered whitefish fillet made Baja-style, looks tempting as well. Price supplements are included for the cheese blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack ($1), which is steamed to gooeyness the traditional Mexican way in a specially-imported machine, and guacamole ($2). At the end of the line, you have the option of smothering your hand-held meal in a collection of free hot sauces like Cholula and Sriracha.

Sans hot sauces, the burritos are pretty mild spice-wise. But, if your mouth ever needs a hose down, Muchachos mercifully offers a tall glass of tap water for free, and sells bottles of Vitaminwater, Schwepps Ginger Beer and coconut water, with future plans of introducing the quintessentially Mexican Corona.


Venue name: Muchachos
Address: 22 Keong Saik Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-midnight
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