Acapulco Mexican Bistro and Bar – Telok Ayer

After office hours, the busy Robinson Road turns into a convenient spot to relax and unwind. Filled with watering holes and restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, people have umpteen options to head to for a nice meal and drinks. In this stretch is Acapulco Bistro and Bar, a restaurant which specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is small but has a festive atmosphere and an awesome live band that plays on Fridays. If you like good food along with classic English songs, head here right away!

The Orders
The menu is filled with handcrafted, traditional dishes from Mexico and the whole vibe of the restaurant lends itself to make it feel like a home-cooked meal. All the main Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos and quesadillas have vegetarian options, hence there is no hassle while placing the order. First, we ordered the ‘Burrito Bowl’ and directly sprung into the main course. Burritos are all well and good but sometimes you just don’t want to deal with the messy and tearing sides of the tortilla wraps. This burrito bowl was served with Mexican rice accompanied by capsicum, tomato, onions, pico de gallo and melted cheddar cheese. This flavoursome bowl with well spiced veggies has you covered for a delicious meal.

Burrito bowl

Burrito bowl at $12.50


If you want to simplify your ordering process and not think too much, then most of the times you can rely on ‘Veg Fajitas’ for a quick and easy meal. They offer the Norteno Fajitas which is nothing but Tex-Mex, a blend of styles born from the Norteno border of Mexico and Southwestern border of the US. In this version, the veggies were seasoned to perfection and served along with a flour tortilla. The guacamole and sour cream on the side brought the whole dish together making it tasty mouthfuls of goodness for me.
Veg Fajitas

Veg Fajitas at $12.50


Since I was not in the mood for cocktails, I went for the ‘Apple Juice’. Refreshing, crisp, and light – a glass to enjoy while soaking in the music.
Apple Juice

Apple Juice at $6


I have tasted many veg quesadillas in Singapore at various restaurants. Most of them have stringy cheese oozing out of them along with some veggies as fillings. All you can taste in these is the cheese. In Acapulco’s ‘Veg Quesadillas’, you can actually taste the (generously filled) veggies which is such a welcome change for a vegetarian like me. The melted cheese, chopped jalapeno, sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole made for perfect dipping for these absolutely well-made quesadillas. Highly recommended.
Veg Quesadillas

Veg Quesadillas at $12


A special mention to the live band – https://www.facebook.com/Clique-The-Groovy-People-369261880123695/ who were absolutely fabulous. For their authentic Mexican taste, use of loads of veggies in their dishes and friendly vibe, Acapulco Mexican Bistro and Bar is a must-visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mexican ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer / Tanjong Pagar
Address: 138 Robinson Road, #01-03 Oxley Tower, Singapore 068906
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 11pm
Website: https://www.acapulco.com.sg/
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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/

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/

Hombre Cantina [Permanently Closed]

Hola Amigos!!! Yes, that’s how I send each of you best wishes for the new year. This year began with a visit to a Mexican joint. The Mexican wave has swept across Singapore in a big way – and its giving us more places to visit! One of the new entrants in the scene is Hombre Cantina situated along Boat Quay. It fits the bill for a casual outing. We headed there for dinner and it felt like a Mexican joint, thanks to the decor. Wood-panelled walls, Spanish hats hung across nails, interesting pictures adorn the restaurant space which added to the appeal.

Hombre Cantina decor

Hombre Cantina decor

The rooster literally rules the roost at this joint. Right from the restaurant name, to the table tops to the “rules” – the rooster is present everywhere. This is a DIY burrito place which also seems to be a growing trend. The rules were clearly described as can be seen from the image.

Rooster rules

Rooster rules

The Orders
To begin with, we went for the healthy serving of ‘Rice Bowl’. This is basically a burrito without the tortilla served in a bowl. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy and blended well with the rice. The guacamole could have been much better as the real taste of avocado and lime was missing.

Rice bowl

Rice bowl with guacamole at $17

When I was going through their drinks menu, I saw that they had featured the traditional Mexican drink called ‘Horchata’. This is basically a rice-based drink with almonds and has a creamy texture on the whole. If you do not have an appetite for tasting something totally different, then stick to standard choices. I wanted to taste something unique and found it quite OK apart from the fact that it could have been a bit cooler.

Horchata

Horchata at $6


We also went for the usual ‘Vegetarian Burrito’ which was quite filling. I took black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and medium spice salsa as the components while making my burrito. The tortilla had dried and was a bit difficult to munch but otherwise the taste was quite good. This is priced at $15 excluding the guacamole which comes as an additional topping at $2. Lime infused water is provided (self-service). They also have margaritas and lunch offerings as per the time of the day. In the evenings, there is a gentle breeze which kept us cool and helped us enjoy the meal. The serving staff were friendly and attended to us promptly. On the whole, Hombre Cantina has the potential to garner attention with respect to its location, menu offerings and combo deals, provided it gets the taste on the key ingredients on its menu offerings right. For now, wishing each of you a very Happy New Year and adios.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mexican ★★★
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place
Address: 53 Boat Quay, Singapore 049842
Timings: Mon-Sat:12 pm -12 am
Website: http://www.hombrecantina.com/

Muchachos

Made my way to Muchachos situated in Tanjong Pagar for dinner. Muchachos in Spanish means “young men” and the restaurant has been started by two friends. Another Mexican joint is always welcome and Muchahos is generating a lot of buzz. It is an exclusive burrito place and has bar-style stools and counters as part of its seating space. It can seat roughly 25 people, so smaller groups are recommended. What immediately caught my attention was that it has the Subway-inspired “Build your own burrito” concept. The burritos are available in two sizes : Regular ($12) and Burritino ($9). Now, burritos at that price point are a steal! The Burritino is a good to have if you’re not hungry enough to finish a large burrito – and that is well-thought out from their end.


The Orders

I first ordered ‘Vegetarian Burritino’ for dinner and that by itself was quite filling. The grilled veggies like bell peppers, lettuce topped with rice and beans were delicious. I took the extra topping of guacamole which was worth it. Also, if you don’t prefer sweet flavors in your burrito, please don’t opt for the pineapple salsa while building your burrito.

Muchachos

Burritos at Muchachos (pic taken from their FB page)

They have extra sauces (for free) to try as combination. If you like the spicy kinds, do try the Valentina and Chile Habanero. They also have some bottled juices. I ordered the thirst quencher called Blood Orange which was as refreshing as promised. Avoid the coconut water (available in a tetra pak) as it is quite bland.

Muchachos is also perfect for takeaways. Their packing is clean and leak-proof and ideal for lunch if you are working around that area. They have friendly staff who try their best to seat you soon. No advance reservations accepted. It definitely was a burrito delight and on my repeat list.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mexican ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar
Address: 22 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089129
Timings: Mon-Thu: 12.00 pm-10 pm; Fri-Sat: 12.00 pm-2 am
Website: https://www.facebook.com/muchachos.sg

MexOut

Mexican food to me is mainly mouth-watering burritos and tacos. If you want to enjoy that to the fullest at affordable prices, then head right to Mexout situated in Raffles Place. We headed there for dinner, and the first thing that struck me as I entered the restaurant was the interesting décor made up of wooden tables and sofas which gave it a rustic look. The wall art reminded me of plotted maps and the paint can for storing straws helped sell the theme.

Mexout decor

Mexout decor

The menu was clearly written on a chalkboard with vegetarian options clearly highlighted. The place allows you to design your own burrito in simple steps and caters to your food cravings to the fullest. You can add chips and a drink with your main meal for an additional $6.

Mexout menu

Mexout menu


The Orders

We first ordered ‘Chips and Salsa’ as the meal add-on. The chips were crunchy, well seasond and a delight to munch. The salsa along with it could have been slightly better as it was bland.

Chips and salsa

Chips and Salsa at $6

We then moved on to the main course. Their Regular ‘Vegetarian Buritto’ was quite a sizable portion. The filling was generous and the burrito was neatly enclosed in an aluminium wrap. We went for the Black beans, Vegetables De La Cruz, Sour Cream for the filling along with Salsa de La Verde.

We then decided that tacos should not be left behind in this Mexican journey. The ‘Corn Tacos along with Salsa Fresca ‘ were quite tasty but be prepared to have a mess on your hands. They have salsa catering to different spice levels which is a plus in my book.

Corn Tacos at 3 for $13

Corn Tacos at 3 for $13

If you work in the CBD area, this is an ideal place for lunch. They have indoor and outdoor seating, but the seats are limited. I’d suggest avoiding the 7 – 8 PM time slot in the evening. If you are in a large group, I’d recommend reserving a table. Good music and friendly staff along with interesting charts about Mexican food added to the appeal of the restaurant. Some of the interesting quotes that they had put up are ‘Anything tastes good with salsa’ and ‘Life is a combination of magic and tortilla chips’. As a foodie, I agree and it added to the come-back feel of the place.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Mexican ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place / Chinatown
Address:39 Pekin Street, #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 048769
Timings: Mon-Fri: 11.30 am-10 pm
Website: http://mexout.com/