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

J’s Restaurant – Purvis Street [Permanently Closed]

Latin American cuisine is one of our favourite comfort foods, and we always look forward to visiting restaurants that serve it. I had heard about J’s some time back, but it took me a while to actually visit. Nevertheless, I am glad that I finally did. Situated in the busy Purvis Street, is a cosy little restaurant called J’s Restaurant which serves some great and homely Latin American delicacies. I call it homely as you can sense that the dishes are made with a lot of care. The limited seating space coupled with warm, well-lit ambiance gives a feeling of home. This also makes it a nice place for dining with family and friends. We were promptly attended to on entry. As we were led to our seats, one of the first things that I noticed was a decoration on the wall shaped like a tree. The wall lighting highlighted it nicely and I liked it.

Js restaurant decor

J’s restaurant decor

The Orders
To begin with, they have a separate section for vegetarian menu which was good to see. They offer customization options for vegan and gluten-free requirements. Also, their cheeses are animal rennet free (see website). For appetizers, we ordered their famous ‘Jalapeno Poppers’ which were amazing. The jalapeno peppers are stuffed with mozzarella cheese and fried to a perfect crust on top. Totally recommended.

Jalapeno poppers

Jalapeno poppers at $17

For the main course, we ordered the ‘Vegetarian Quesadillas’ which was a sizable portion. The tortillas were amply filled with veggies and I could taste all of them perfectly along with the cheese – which is how I like my quesadillas. The salad, salsa and sour cream as the sides were just right.

Veg quesadillas

Veg quesadillas at $22

We also ordered the ‘Vegetarian Burrito’ which was huge. It was filled with a spicy mixture of rice, beans, vegetables, and (of course) cheese. Perfect for a hungry diner. This dish is also served with salad, salsa, and sour cream.

Veg burrito

Veg burrito at $23

Sadly, I had no appetite left for desserts and I intend to try when I visit the restaurant next time. Among their desserts, ‘Churros with Bananas and Mangoes’ and ‘Bread and Butter Pudding’ are recommended. Though they do not serve alcoholic beverages, there is no dearth of interesting drink options on their menu like coolers and sodas. The serving staff were friendly and there was very little waiting time for the orders. It is better to reserve in advance as it is approximately a 30-seater place. For catching up with friends, for authentic,tasty and quality Latin American food, and for their homely ambiance, J’s Restaurant is definitely recommended.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Latin American ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Bugis
Address:7 Purvis Street #01-01, Singapore 188586