May 04 2012

Mexican food in Singapore

Published by at 3:40 pm under Food


There’s no question that Singaporean food is delicious, but this cosmopolitan city is also a great place to satisfy any cravings for food from far-flung countries. The fact that all food in Singapore is imported from overseas means you can get any ingredient here, including the tomatillos, chipotle peppers and masa harina necessary to make authentic Mexican food.

Casa Latina - authentic food from an experienced Mexican chef.

Casa Latina -- as authentic as it gets in Singapore.

The best Mexican food in Singapore is without question Casa Latina, which has an experienced Mexican chef running the kitchen. The menu goes way beyond the usual burritos, and you can get chile relleno (stuffed peppers), pescado frito (fried fish), and pollo divorciado (chicken with two different mole sauces). Of course, being the best comes at a price — around S$25–35 for mains.
Casa Latina: 42 Waterloo Street, 6884 6929

In close second is Piedra Negra in the trendy Haji Lane area. The fish tacos and burritos are as good as it gets in Asia and the guacamole is made in-house. Best yet, prices are quite reasonable with most dishes S$15 or less. If you need any more reason to go, Piedra Negra has a cool artsy vibe and a full bar serving strong margaritas and Mexican beer like Sol and Corona.
Piedra Negra: 241 Beach Road near Haji Lane, 6291 1297

Sometimes nothing satisfies like a fajita.

Sometimes nothing satisfies like a fajita.

For a quick taco or quesadilla, try the Senor Taco taquería at Clarke Quay. Tacos are served open-face with fillings like shredded pork (tacos al pastor), chicken, beef, and seafood and tend to be a bit dry, but adding some of the house-made chipotle sauce or salsa will remedy that. The tacos cost around S$3 apiece but are little more than a mouthful, so you’ll need a few to make it a full meal. Senor Taco at Clarke Quay is open until 04:00 on weekends for a post-clubbing snack, or try the new full service Senor Taco restaurant at CHJIMES.
Senor Taco: #01-12 3D River Valley Road, 9118 4155

Also at Clarke Quay is the long-running Café Iguana. Their best dishes like nachos, chile con queso, bean burritos and tequila-glazed steak are more Tex-Mex than authentic Mexican, but it’s still yummy and portions are generous. Understanding that drinks are just as important as food, Café Iguana has the biggest selection of tequila in Singapore, which is used to make their excellent margaritas and original cocktails like the Iguana Colada with tequila, Kahlua, coconut and pineapple juice. Come early for happy hour specials.
Cafe Iguana: 30 Merchant Road, #01-03 Riverside Point, 6236 1275

If you’re wondering where in Singapore you can buy the ingredients to cook Mexican food yourself, expat bloggers Jeffrey & Flora have discovered a shop specialising in imported Mexican ingredients.

And if Phnom Penh is on your Southeast Asia radar, we’ve got Mexican food covered there as well.

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3 Responses to “Mexican food in Singapore”

  1. Philon 29 May 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I’ve tried a few places in Singapore for Mexican food and the best by far was Cafe Iguana. The margaritas are superb and they give you free tortilla chips which is a nice touch.

  2. Tanya Procyshynon 06 Jun 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Gotta love the free tortilla chips at Cafe Iguana – it lessens the pain of paying S$23 for chicken burritos :)

  3. Kevinon 30 Sep 2012 at 10:49 am

    We are still looking for really good Mexican food! I have tried Casa Latina but was not impressed with the flavors. Granted, we are from Southern California where mom-and-pop Mexican places are on every block so we may be pickier than most!

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