Last Updated on 26/04/2023 by iEat&Eat Team
Mexican cuisine offers a variety of delicious flavours, with its roots tracing back 9,000 years to the Maya civilization and the cultivation of maize. Throughout its evolution, Mexican cuisine has been influenced by Spanish colonization, Asian flavours, and Tex-Mex. Despite the limited number of authentic Mexican restaurants in Singapore, you can still satisfy your cravings for tacos, burrito bowls, and other unique dishes.
Website | 36 Dunlop St, Singapore 209364 | +65 6293 3314
Chimichangas, not just burritos and quesadillas, are a must-try in Mexican cuisine, and this cosy joint on Dunlop Street proves it. Chimichanga excels in deep-fried burritos, generously filled with shredded ancho beef ($18) or chipotle chicken ($16) that are perfectly crisp but not excessively oily. Apart from its original outlet in Little India, Chimichanga also has branches in Paya Lebar and Holland Village.
2. Super Loco Customs House
Website | 70 Collyer Quay, #01-04 Customs House, Singapore 049323 | +65 9816 0659
Get your fill of Mexican cuisine and indulge in delicious tacos at Super Loco Customs House. Situated in The Fullerton Heritage precinct, this contemporary Mexican Cocina Y Bar offers stunning views of Marina Bay Sands and the waterfront. Dine under the twinkling fairy lights and savour their menu of antojitos (snacks) and para la familia (large plates). Don’t miss their must-try dishes, such as the barbecued corn on the cob with chipotle mayo and cojita cheese ($8) and the tacos packed with spicy pork chorizo and braised beef brisket ($10).
3. Cha Cha Cha
Website | 32 Lor Mambong, Singapore 277690 | +65 6462 1650
Having been around for over 30 years, Cha Cha Cha holds the title of being the oldest Mexican restaurant in Singapore. This classic establishment is known for its budget-friendly happy hour specials, available from opening to 8 pm. Don’t miss out on their $9 margaritas and be sure to order some bar bites to share. The nachos (from $12) are a must-try, loaded with melted cheese, jalapenos, and pico de gallo. Additionally, you can indulge in other classic Mexican dishes such as tacos (from $14) and enchiladas ($15).
4. Piedra Negra
Website | 241 Beach Rd, Singapore 189753 | +65 9199 0610
Located in a red shophouse around the corner, Blu Jaz’s Latin offshoot draws a lively crowd with live DJs, but it’s the cocktail-friendly Mexican cuisine that steals the show. The chunky guacamole ($11.90) is a must-try, prepared with the perfect balance of lime and chilli. Equally impressive is the fresh and tangy ceviche ($13.90), which is worth indulging in for seconds. After a long day at work, unwind with an affordable margarita in hand that won’t break the bank.
Website | 778 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198746 | +65 8786 1948
This halal-certified establishment, brought to you by The Black Hole Group (also responsible for Tipo Pasta Bar and The Great Mischief), offers a simple yet delicious take on Mexican cuisine. The menu is straightforward, featuring flavorful bites. Don’t miss out on the Cheeky Git Taco ($18), despite being messy, it’s packed with braised beef cheeks and a generous dollop of truffle mayo. Additionally, their jalapeno poppers ($13), stuffed with mozzarella, and Scorpion Wings ($14), chicken wings tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce with scorpion peppers, are equally tasty snacks.
Mexican cuisine is known for being a comforting and satisfying meal, but Nixta takes it to the next level. They take pride in using non-GMO ingredients from small Mexican corn farms to make their tacos, tlayudas, and tostadas from scratch. Elevating the street taco, Nixta offers a slow-roasted duck taco ($17), kurobuta pork belly taco ($16), and even a vegetarian butternut squash and kale taco ($15). For sharing, try the Wagyu ribeye fajitas and add as much housemade mole, roasted chiles and onions, or mezcal butter as you desire for an explosion of flavours.
Website | 11 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249673 | +65 6471 3228
Tex-Mex is the star of the show at this restaurant, and they do it right. Even the initial serving of golden corn chips with a tomato, chilli, and coriander blood-red salsa is worth rejoicing over. The chile con queso, a creamy tomato and cheese dip, is a must-try, as are the perfectly breaded mushrooms in a delicious garlic sauce. Don’t miss out on the pillowy homemade enchiladas filled with fresh swimmer crabmeat, accompanied by a hefty side of pinto beans, rice, and salad. For the best dining experience, grab a seat on the wide, breezy verandah and sip on a chilled margarita. Vegetarian versions of almost everything on the menu are also available.
8. Comida Mexicana
Website | 404 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428998 | +65 6440 8030
Comida Mexicana, which translates to “Mexican food,” serves up the country’s best dishes, such as burritos, enchiladas, and fish tacos from their humble restaurant in the east. Only the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking methods are used to achieve that authentic, homemade taste. It’s like eating your grandmother’s cooking. To complete the experience, indulge in their selection of margaritas, daiquiris, and other beverages.
Website | 182 Cecil St, #01-01, Singapore 069547 | +65 6513 0215
Jonathan Yang and SHATEC-grad Elson Lee, the owners of Muchachos, share a brotherly bond and draw inspiration from American-style burrito joints, particularly those in San Francisco’s Mission District. Although they maintain the West Coast-harking flavours, Muchachos also includes meaty tacos, a California burrito, and a shrimp wrap inspired by Miami on the menu. Tacos start at $5.60, while the burrito costs $14. For something unique, we recommend trying their underrated cheeseburger ($14). For sharing with large groups, you must have some carne asada fries ($17.50) on the side. To beat the heat, complete your meal with refreshing jarritos ($5.60).
10. Café Iguana
Website | 30 Merchant Road #01-03 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd, #01-07, Singapore 058282 | +65 6236 1275
Café Iguana’s Mexican-inspired menu boasts bold and flavorful dishes that will satisfy your cravings. Start with the Camarones al Diablo ($24), prawns sautéed with capsicums and other spices in a fiery habanero sauce, served with cheese and quesadillas. If you’re still hungry, try their fajitas (from $29), tacos (from $6), and mains such as red snapper enchiladas ($30). If the spice gets too much, choose from their selection of 100% blue agave tequila and mezcal, or their variety of flavoured margaritas, served frozen or on the rocks. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy the Iguana Lager on tap – a Mexican-inspired beer brewed exclusively by Brewerkz for Café Iguana.