Jul 15 2011
It might be kind of strange to imagine yourself craving Mexican food while in Bangkok, but let me tell you something — it happens… a lot. Oddly enough the Thai kitchen lends itself quite nicely to Mexican eats and the burrito options in Bangkok are far tastier than one would anticipate. In my opinion the city has two notable standouts: Los Cabos and La Monita Taqueria; both delicious, both memorable, but each makes for a very different dining experience.
Let’s start with La Monita. Many Bangkokians swear that La Monita has the best tacos in town and it’s safe to say that the food here is definitely the more authentic Mexican of the two. The Mexi and Cali tacos at La Monita here are top-notch, with the fish tacos definitely being something to write home about. Aside from the typical burritos and quesadillas La Monita also has a few less expected items, like Cuban-style rice dishes and chilaquiles. The one drawback to La Monita? Minimal ambience. Like, really minimal. Like, imagine walking through a slightly abandoned parking-lot to get to dinner. That said, the food is worth it and the prices are relatively affordable with individual tacos going for 80 baht and full meals ranging from 150 to 450 baht.
The other killer option in town is Los Cabos. Much more California-style, Los Cabos definitely takes the cake in the ambience department. Set in a beautiful, and tropically painted, colonial-style house, Los Cabos is a mini restaurant oasis from the fervour of Sukhumvit. The eats here are also delicious. A personal favourite is the “Big as your face burrito” which is exactly what it sounds like. Happy hour at Los Cabos is practically an all-day affair starting at 14:00 and ending at 19:00. During that time drinks here are a steal with 50 baht beers and 95 baht margaritas. Alas, the portions at Los Cabos are a bit smaller and things like the quesadilla won’t fill you up. The food is also slightly more expensive with full meals going for 300 baht(ish).
If you’re in need of a break from som tam or curry, rest assured there are always enchiladas. Happy eats!
La Monita: Located just off the Phloen Chit BTS stop in Mahatun Plaza on Sukhumvit road. Exit the BTS at exit 2 and look for the signs for Mahatun. Walk through the dodgy looking parking lot and you will see La Monita on the left towards the back. Open Mon-Sat 11:30-22:00. T: (02) 650 9581.
Los Cabos: Located right near the Asoke BTS station on Sukhumvit soi 14. Exit the BTS at exit 4 and walk less than 100 metres to soi 14. Los Cabos will be on your left right near the mouth of the soi. Open daily 11:00 – 24:00. T: (02) 653 3900.
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