By: Anthia Chng
We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited by the fact that heaps of made-to-order Mexican spots have been sprouting up around town recently – and we just can’t get enough. Here’s where to get the best “quick Mex” around. (Psst… have time for a leisurely meal? Head here for the best full-fledged Mexican restaurants.)
Best after-work spot:
39 Peking Street, Far East Square
If you’re looking for unpretentious and affordable Mexican food, Mexout is the place to go. Best known for its tacos, the fast-casual Mexican eatery is just three months older than Muchachos. Mexout offers fully customisable “Baja style” and “street-style” tacos (starting from $9.90 for two; $12.90 for three), burritos ($9.90 for 10-inch; $12.90 for 12-inch) and salad bowls ($12.90), taking you from the fillings (beef barbacoa, char-grilled chicken, slow braised pork shoulder, carne asada and vegetarian option, “vegetables de la cruz”) to a variety of fresh salsas like mango pineapple; add-ons such as sour cream or extra meat and cheese can be included with a small top-up. Bonus points for the fact that Mexout offers delivery on orders over $40; you can also call in your order ahead of time for takeaway.
Mexout’s also a great after-work spot. On Mondays, you can get two tacos for $9 from 5pm onwards, and Wednesday nights, you can get two margaritas for $14.
Must-try: The Carne Asada ($14.90 for 12-inch, before add-ons): tender, flame-grilled, air-flown Australian flank steak marinated with cilantro, cumin and ancho chilis.
Best supersized burritos:
22 Keong Siak Road
Although the menu’s not extensive, Muchachos is known for what it does best – supersized, customisable burritos stuffed with fresh, uncomplicated ingredients, assembled right on the spot. Fast, quick and easy, the concept is a made-to-order burrito assembly line where you get to choose from fillings like pollo asado (chicken), carne asada (beef) and carnitas (pork) with extras like guacamole, fajita vegetables and cheese at additional charges – or go carb-free with a burrito bowl; quesadillas are also on offer with various fillings, from $10.25. Wash it all down with wine or a Corona Extra ($7.95). While one burrito may be too filling for small-eaters, it’ll definitely feed a hungry man.
Must-try: We’ll take the Carnitas Burrito ($12.95), please. Muchas gracias!
Best lunch fix in the CBD:
Guzman y Gomez
12 Marina View, #02-11Asia Square Tower 2 Food Garden
Australia’s popular Mexican fast food chain Guzman y Gomez (GYG) has been offering quality Mexican fare in the heart of the CBD since October 2013. Here, you can expect tasty and fresh fillings like spicy, grilled chicken, fish, spicy steak, slow roasted beef and pork (along with vegetarian options) going into your usual Mexican specialties like burritos (from $7.90), burrito bowls ($10.90), hard and soft tacos (two for $7.90; three for $10.90), quesadillas ($8.50 for two; $10.90 for three), nachos ($13.50) and salads ($12.50); top up with guacamole, salsas and corn chips.
Need to feed a hungry team during lunch hour? GYG offers an office delivery service (with a minimum $100) around the CBD.
Must-try: Grilled chicken and slow roasted pork hard tacos ($7.90-10.90) with Jack cheese and salsa and a side of guac ($2).
Best free-flow salsa:
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
9 Bras Basah Rd, #01-03 Rendezvous Gallery
This popular US chain from California prides itself on using fresh, unprocessed ingredients from farms, not from cans. Located next to the Rendezvous Hotel, this casual dining spot offers an extensive menu that includes over a dozen types of burritos (from $14.30) like mahi mahi, Baja chicken and “Mexicano shrimp,” as well as fajitas (from $17.60), tacos (from $6.60), taquitos ($16.50), quesadillas (from $17.60) and a delicious variety of salads (from $14.30). Not only is Baja Fresh known for its generous portions, but also for its free-flow salsa bar, which features a selection of fresh dips, sauces and garnishes.
Order online, grab pick up or dine-in, it’s up to you. Baja Fresh also offers a catering menu, and delivers orders over $45.
Must-try: The king of all burritos, the signature Chicken Ultimo Burrito, Enchilado Style ($17.50), consists of fire-grilled chicken, cheese, Baja rice, grilled vegetables, sour cream and Baja Salsa, smothered in red chile sauce and melted Jack cheese.
100 Tras Street, #01-06 100AM Shopping Mall
What do you get when you combine Japanese with Mexican? Sushi Burrito! Not only does this Japanese fast-food concept offer on-the-go burrito-sized sushi rolls, Sushi Burrito is also big on using fresh and healthy ingredients. The casual restaurant at Tras Street is a popular lunch option among the health conscious working crowd, especially with the calorie count of each item displayed on the menu. Instead of the usual burritos made with wheat flour tortillas and filled with Mexican-style ingredients, Sushi Burrito recreates the handroll into a unique form of sushi: 15-percent rice, 50-percent mixed greens and 35-percent main fillings. Vegetarians can rejoice knowing there are meat-free options like the Veggie Green Roll ($10.90) and the Forest Salad ($7.90). For meat lovers, indulge in a hearty but healthy Yummy Belly ($12.90), which consists of sliced beef, fresh greens and Fukushin Zuke (Japanese pickles) toppings.