Acapulco Mexican Bistro and Bar – Telok Ayer [Permanently Closed]

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 – 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

Cha Thai – Telok Ayer [Permanently Closed]

As you step out of Telok Ayer MRT, you can see a prominent takeaway counter serving Thai Iced Milk Tea. Next to is the entrance of Cha Thai restaurant which has recently opened – and is all set to woo you with its opening promotions and Thai cuisine. The restaurant has neat decor and is well-lit. Though their menu does not have too many vegetarian options, they were ready to customize it according to our eating preferences which was good.

Cha thai restaurant

Cha thai restaurant

As a vegetarian, I like Thai food because of the abundance of vegetables and fruits in the dishes. So I ordered one of my favourite dishes which is the ‘Thai Green Curry’. Since it is not explicitly mentioned on the menu, you can ask for the vegetarian version which is then made separately by the chef. They are also nice enough to balance the tofu to vegetables ratio as per your preference. The green curry had thick coconut cream and was quite tasty and had sufficient veggies in it. The Thai jasmine rice has to be ordered separately.

Veg Thai green curry

Veg Thai green curry at $18

Next we ordered their ‘Baked Pineapple Rice’ which had immense visual appeal because of its presentation. Their rice is spiced with the curry, then baked and mixed with pineapples and roasted cashews. The rice was delicious and warm and can pair well with the green curry.

Baked pineapple rice

Baked pineapple rice at $18

For the drinks, we ordered the ‘Butterfly Iced Pea Tea’ just because of its unusual name. The colour was a beautiful purple and the taste was a combination of sour and sweet. Nevertheless, it was refreshing.

Butterfly iced pea tea

Butterfly iced pea tea at $4

Since their kitchen was closing early before the long weekend, their dessert items were not available. They served us complimentary chilled ‘Jasmine Jelly with Fruit Cocktail’. Not much to write about the dessert as it was not that good.

Mango dessert

Jasmine jelly with fruits

Since they are situated in the prime CBD area, their prices are quite high for Thai food offerings. If you work in the area, they have some combo lunch sets. On the whole, for delicious Thai food and friendly service, Cha Thai is worth a visit.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Thai ★★★
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer
Address: 80 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 048466
Timings: Mon-Sun: 11am – 10pm ; Express Takeaway: 8am – 6pm