Start at Casa Latina.
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.
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
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.
Tanya Procyshyn is a freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea.
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