Las Carretas

Sombreros await

What we say: 3.5 stars

With a diverse multiracial society and an evolving food culture, there’s no doubt that diners are spoilt for choice in Malaysia. But you aren’t limited to Asian cuisine if you’re seeking something a little more exotic to this part of the world; if you prefer the zing of jalapenos, jump on the wagon at Las Carretas for affordable Mexican cuisine and refreshing margaritas.

Not typically Mexican, but the foie gras is equally as good.

Located in a Semantan Avenue office building, it’s easy to miss one of the more authentic Mexican restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Heading towards Jalan Duta from Jalan Semantan, the unassuming entrance will be on your right. You won’t have to dress up to satisfy a fajita craving at this joint, where the dress code can be as eclectic as the decorations you’ll find inside. American number plates and a sombrero are just some of the whimsical decorative knickknacks that give Las Carretas a cheerful atmosphere.

The wagon that’ll take you the closest to Tijuana in this part of the world.

The staff are as vivacious as their surroundings, happy to serve and offer suggestions about their extensive menu. You’ll find the usual chimichangas (26.90 ringgit) and quesadillas (26.90 ringgit) or try the estofado de cordero, an original South American lamb stew served with jalapenos and Mexican rice for 28.90 ringgit. The promotional menu includes a variety of meat dishes such as Australian lamb shank and rack (on or off the bone) and US rib-eye.

There’s a long list of New World wines that they regularly introduce or share a pitcher of Jose Cuervo margarita with friends for 125 ringgit. If you’re out celebrating, splurge on a Millionaire Margarita for 42 ringgit that’ll have you sipping 100-year-old tequila mixed with Grand Marnier and shaken with ice.

Order a mixed plate of beef and chicken fajitas — portions are generous and servings are tasty.

Las Carretas has ample space to cater for those requiring large tables but the front portion of the restaurant is suitable for couples who prefer a quieter night out, with a more intimate setting and smaller spaces available.

Don’t forget to ask for their fiery habaneros if you want a more fiery twist to your Mexican experience.

Heading south to Singapore? We’ve already covered the best Mexican options there.

Contact details
Lot B-0-7 Semantan Avenue 10 Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights
T: (03) 2093 0380
Open: Mon-Sat 11:30-14:30, 18:00-22:30; Sun 17:00-22:30
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