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The best Mexican restaurants in Singapore

These Mexican restaurants and their burritos are the taco the town

Written by
Nicole-Marie Ng
,
Fabian Loo
&
Cam Khalid
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Spice, rice, and all things nice – Mexican cuisine has so much to offer. After all, it's rooted in 9,000 years of history, dating back to the Maya civilisation and the planting of maize. It's since evolved and taken influences from around the world, from the pressures of Spanish colonisation to Asian flavours and of course, Tex-Mex. While Singapore might not have many true-blue Mexican restaurants, this is where you can go for your fix of tacos, burrito bowls and other dishes beyond the usual.

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Chimi's is the city's first Mexican cantina to set camp in a 20-foot shipping container in the CBD. Gather your amigos for after-work tipples like frozen margaritas and ice-cold draft beers, and pair 'em up with light bites like tacos, quesadillas and nachos. The best part? You get to enjoy them all with a stunning view of Marina Bay.

For a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, head to Chimi's or its sister outlets Chimichanga Little India and Chimichanga Holland Village. Look forward to drink promotions, and a sure-win digital Spin the Wheel, with over $3,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

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Tex-Mex is the name of the game here, and in a very good way. Even the opening salvo of golden corn chips in a blood-red salsa of tomato, chile and coriander deserves a little cry of joy. Highlights include a chile con queso (a creamy dip of tomatoes and cheese); perfectly breaded mushrooms sitting in a pool of heady garlic sauce; and pillowy home-made enchiladas cushioning fresh swimmer crabmeat with a hefty side of pinto beans, rice and salad. Probably the best seats in the house are out along the wide, breezy verandah, while tossing back a lethally potent, chilled margarita. Vegetarian versions of just about everything on the menu are also available.

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Translated to mean 'Mexican food', Comida Mexicana dishes out the country's finest fare such as burritos, enchiladas, and fish tacos from its humble restaurant in the east. The dishes are all made using only the freshest ingredients and the most traditional of methods to nail that authentic, homemade taste. It's the closest you'll get to Abuela's cooking. Complete the experience with the restaurant's selection of margaritas, daiquiris and more.

Kiap
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Kiap

At this digital-only eatery, opened by the team behind mod-Asian restaurant Slake, regional flavours – from Japan to the Philippines – have been distilled to create novel tacos. “We wanted to bring flavours from around Asia, and turn them into handy wraps that people can enjoy with just one hand,” shares chef-owner Jeremy Cheok. The result: soft tortilla shells with unique fillings of pork belly sisig ($6.90), Thai basil pork ($6.90), and chicle rendang ($6.90). And to celebrate World Taco Day, Kiap has teamed up with Bjorn Shen (of Artichoke fame) to create a quirky, limited-edition taco box ($75 for 12) filled with flavours inspired by various meals of the day. Highlights include a breakfast taco filled with Taiwanese sausage and egg floss; a lunch staple of Hainanese curry rice with chicken chop, braised beancurd puff, and curry mayo; and a dinner creation with Vietnamese caramelised fish. Place your orders via order.slake.sg

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While Mexican cuisine is often associated with cheap and hearty street food, El Mero Mero takes things to the next level. Meats are kissed by smoke in its Josper grill and homemade sauces are done from scratch. Choose from a range of ceviches ($21), tacos (from $13) and enchiladas ($27-$28) or order a bunch of grilled mains like its famed Atlantic octopus ($32) and El Mero Mero fajitas ($38) to share.

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Owners Jonathan Yang and SHATEC-grad Elson Lee are the self-described muchachos with a brotherly bond. They were inspired by American-style burrito joints and take their reference from the ones in San Francisco's Mission District. 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. Tacos start from $4.80 and the burrito for $12. For something different, we recommend the underrated cheeseburger ($12) and for big groups sharing, you need to have some carne asada fries ($15) on the side. To complete the meal, pair your order with some jarritos ($4.50) or horchata ($3) to beat the heat.  

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BluJaz’s Latin offshoot set up in a red shophouse right around the corner attracts live DJs and a bustling crowd, but it’s the cocktail-friendly Mexican grub that keeps us coming back. The chunky guacamole ($11.90) is prepared with just-right doses of lime and chilli, and a fresh and tangy ceviche ($13.90) is worthy of seconds. Unwind with an after-work margarita in hand that won’t leave a gaping hole in your wallet.

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Go loco for tacos and all things Mexican at Super Loco Customs House. The contemporary Mexican Cocina Y Bar located in The Fullerton Heritage precinct has stunning views of Marina Bay Sands and the waterfront. Grab a seat outdoors under the fairy lights and order from a menu filled with antojitos (snacks) and para la familia (large plates). Highlights include barbecued corn on the cob with chipotle mayo and cojita cheese ($8), tacos filled with roasted pork shoulder ($12) and braised beef brisket ($10), and the pescado ($34) with sustainably farmed barramundi, salsa verde, and corn tortillas. 

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Before the Mexican wave hit our shores, there was Cafe Iguana. Opened at the turn of the millenium in a spot by the Singapore River, the food here keeps its authentically Mexican. Try the Camarones al Diablo ($25) to start – prawns are sautéed with capsicums and other spices in a fiery habanero sauce and served with cheese and quesadillas. If that doesn't fill you up there's still fajitas ($25-$30), tacos ($5-$7) and mains like red snapper enchiladas ($28) and an assortment of grilled meats on the menu. If it gets too spicy, choose from a range of 100 labels of 100% blue agave Tequila and Mezcal to tame the tongue, or their assortment of flavoured Margaritas, served frozen or on the rocks. Pint lovers can also look forward to the Iguana Lager on tap – a Mexican-inspired beer brewed exclusively by Brewerkz for Café Iguana.

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While not exactly Mexican, Ko-Mex chain from Seoul Vatos Urban Tacos combines tasty ganjang – and ssamjang-marinated meats – with messy Mexican fare. It's hardly groundbreaking alchemy: tacos (from $10) are usually a simple balance of inexpensive cuts, veg and citrus. But even then, Vatos excels. The shells here are less rugged cornmeal circles and more smooth, springy wraps that resemble gujeolpan or popiah skins. Any quibble on their merits is quashed at first bite.

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Sitting pretty atop Duxton Hill establishment, Lucha Loco offers Mexican street food in a chill environment. Pick from corn chips served with your choice of sharp tomato salsa or fresh guacamole or munch on a range of tacos – you’ll need at least two for full meal – the braised beef ($10) and chorizo taco ($10) filled with a blend of herbs and finely chopped spring onions is our fave. Its chicken quesadillas ($16) are equally striking, confirming Lucho Loco can deliver tasty Mexican grub.

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Don't write Aussie-based Mexican Taqueria chain Guzman Y Gomez off just yet – it's our go-to choice when we're craving a burrito in a pinch. The fast food-esque taco shop's signature grilled chicken in a Guerrero marinade with pico de gallo and roasted tomato salsa, as well as the slow-roasted pork in spicy chipotle marinade definitely hit the spot. Everything’s freshly made-to-order, with the requisite choices of burritos ($7.90/ $10.90), hard or soft shell tacos ($8.50 for two) and quesadillas ($8.50 for two) on offer.

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The tiny space is plastered with hand-painted vintage Spanish movie posters and you have to jostle and squeeze between your neighbours at the open show kitchen decked out in green, white and red – the colours of the Mexican flag. There, chef Mauricio Espinoza, the big daddy of Papi’s Tacos, dishes up plates reminiscent of his hometown of Tlaxcala, a small state east of Mexico City. Start with an order The Holy Trinity ($11) of chips, guac and pico de gallo, and work your way through the tacos al pastor ($11 for two/$16 for three) with spit-roasted pork, tacos de pollo ($11/$16) with slow-cooked pulled chicken, or tacos de camaron ($13/$19) with pan-seared shrimps in a lightly spiced sauce. 

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