Barrio by Mexout – 313 Somerset

The ever-bustling 313 Somerset is a favourite hangout place for many who stroll along Orchard Road. The latest entrant in this space with its absolutely hard-to-miss splash of fairy lights and major party vibes is Barrio by Mexout. With Mexican grub being its forte and a solid reputation built with its first outlet at Raffles Place (review can be read here), their ‘Make Salsa Not War’ signage had me looking forward to the meal. As queues thronged (fret not, the queue moves fast!) outside this Mexican beer garden setup, I was impressed with the overall decor, especially the sombrero lamp shades.

Barrio by Mexout

Barrio by Mexout

The Orders
Barrio by Mexout has a variety of Mexican street food offerings along with Mexican beers and margaritas – yes, perfect for an evening vibe! They have an elaborate drinks menu for those who are interested but we stuck to the food menu for this outing.

Barrio food menu

Barrio by Mexout food menu


Few pairings work better than crispy ‘Tortilla Chips and Salsa’ for a Mexican starter. The medium spiced salsa tingled the taste buds without raising the bites to extreme fiery levels. Good to munch, share and revel in the atmosphere.
Tortilla chips with salsa

Tortilla chips with salsa at $4.50


If you are looking for a zesty appetizer that bursts with flavour, look no further than the ‘Stuffed Jalapenos’. This dish is basically crunchy peppers stuffed with chewy cheese and pack a fiery punch in one small bite. And there’s always the refeshing ‘Lime Juice’ to blow off the steam from your palate. Highly recommended.
Stuffed Jalapenos

Stuffed Jalapenos ($8.40 for 4pcs)


Lime Juice

Lime Juice


There are vegetarian options in any form of main dish you choose : wraps, rice bowls, tortas (Mexican burgers) and tacos. We ordered the ‘Vegetables De La Cruz rice bowl’ which was a plate brimming with many ingredients on top of the base layer of rice. The ingredients consist of a delectable mix of black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream that merge and provide ample flavour along with rice to make a pleasurable dish. The guacamole made by mashing up fresh avocado with lime, salt, cilantro, red onions and tomato was delicious and top-notch. We ordered the same dish as a burrito as well, but that became slightly messy to eat.
Vegetables De la cruz

Vegetables De La Cruz at $13.40


Vegetarian burrito

Vegetarian burrito at $13.40


If you enjoy Mexican cuisine and you want to experience authentic taste at affordable prices, then Barrio by Mexout might appeal to you, especially with its convenient location and a smart positioning as a hangout place.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mexican ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Somerset
Address: 13 Orchard Road, 313 Somerset, #01-14/15, Singapore 238895
Timings: Sun-Thu: 11am – 10.30pm ; Fri-Sat: 11m – 11pm
Website: http://mexout.com/
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Guzman Y Gomez – Star Vista

When Australia’s popular Mexican joint opened their third outlet in the West and had opening hours till dinner time, I was elated! Yes, I am talking about Guzman Y Gomez, a Mexican Taqueria situated in Star Vista mall. Bustling with people and a trademark Mexican festive atmosphere, this joint perfectly sets the mood for the evening. Before I start to write about the food, I must share with you that this place has secured the top spot in my quest for good Mexican food. The menu is interesting and it has perfect meal combination sets at affordable prices. The service staff suggest the optimum upsized meal options and guide you efficiently. Impressive right from the start, I must say.

GYG entrance

GYG entrance

The Orders
A Mexican meal without Nachos or tortillas seems kind of incomplete. We ordered the ‘Corn Chips’ which are crisp and well-salted. Their guacamole dip (ordered separately) acts as a nice complement to the chips.

Corn chips

Corn chips


There are three choices of mains available at GYG: Burritos, tacos and quesadillas. Their ‘Burrito Bowl’ is one of my favourites. It consists of black beans, bell peppers, onions and guacamole. I go for an upsize of veggies which they provide in generous portions. This makes it a bigger bowl so that 2 pax can share it which makes it a steal. Also the freshness of the ingredients enhances the quality of the dish. Highly recommended.
Burrito bowl

Burrito bowl


I also ordered the ‘Veg Quesadillas’ as the other main dish. The newspaper print makes their food pop, increasing the Mexican feel of the place. You can choose to take 2 or 3 pieces in your dish. The cheesy effect merged with the fillings makes this a delicious offering. If you like a kick in terms of the sauce, go for their medium spicy or highly spicy sauce. Note that they offer 3 types of salsas, onions, and jalapenos as self service at no extra charge.
Veg quesadillas

Veg quesadillas


Just for the sake of trying a Mexican soda, I ordered the ‘Jarritos Mandarin’ soda. Though the fizz is lesser than the other aerated counterparts, I found it a bit too sweet for my liking. Spotting the 100% sugar label on the bottle after ordering certainly did not help.
Jarritos soda

Jarritos soda


If you work in CBD, you probably already know about GYG. The Star Vista outlet has both indoor and patio seating and is generally crowded. So arrive a bit early to get seats or order a takeaway and sit and eat on Star Vista steps and watch some performance. For its quality Mexican offerings, for quick service and for its wallet-friendly prices, Guzman Y Gomez is worth a sureshot visit!

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mexican ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green #01-32 Star Vista, Singapore 138617
Timings: Mon-Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Website: http://www.gyg.com.sg/

Potbellies (Now known as Lee Tai Fu)

There are some streets in Singapore that are stacked with restaurants and the same is true with Kim Tian Road. Situated in Tiong Bahru, is a small restaurant called Potbellies that will transport you to the ’70s with its decor and ambiance. The name was intriguing and my doubts about the food were put to rest when I read their menu and came across the story behind the fascinating name. The place was filled with loads of heart, right from the salt ‘n’ pepper shakers, to the owner who personally attended to us promptly. Some things that interested me are what I have captured in the picture.

Potbellies decor

Potbellies decor

The Orders
To set the tempo for a good meal, we ordered the Soup of the Day which happened to be the ‘Tomato Soup’. The soup comes in a small portion and is sufficient only for a single person. We were not that bowled over by the soup as it lacked seasoning and was quite thin.

Tomato soup

Tomato soup at $3

For the mains, we went for the ‘Vegetarian Burrito’ which definitely made up for the disappointing soup course. The burrito was huge and had a good combination of beans, veg, cheese and rice. The rice was well-seasoned and every bite was filled with a burst of taste. It is served with some tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

Veg burrito

Veg burrito at $16

Next we ordered the ‘Vegetarian Quesadilla’ which was filled with loads of cheese and vegetables. All their dishes were generous with cheese and you have to forget counting calories at this place. On the whole, the taste of the dish was good and came with the same sides as the burrito. Personally, I preferred the burrito.

Veg quesadilla

Veg quesadilla at $16

When you forget your waistline for sometime, it is imperative to try the desserts without any guilt. So we decided to go for the ‘Classic Breakfast Waffle’ which was delicious. Filled with a layer of butter between crunchy waffles and a scoop of ice cream on the top, this dessert just melted in the mouth.

Classic breakfast waffle

Classic breakfast waffle at $10

On the owner’s recommendation, we decided to try the ‘Pistachio Crunch’ which was extremely tasty. It had a crunchy base with a chocolate drizzle on it along with a large scoop of ice cream. The dessert course was a befitting end to this warm place.

Pistachio crunch

Pistachio crunch at $10


They also have deals going on for kids and birthday month promos. The service was very nice and we were well attended to by the owner who also told us that this restaurant was opened by the earlier Heart of House management. Water is available on self-service basis. For a nice evening with family and friends in an old-world charm atmosphere, for good food without wanting to watch that weight, Potbellies is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: European, Italian, Western ★★★
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru
Address:16 Kim Tian Road, Singapore 169251
Timings: Tue-Sun: 3 pm-11.30 pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/LeeTaiFuSingapore