A taste of Mexico in Singapore

I had an excellent weekend of makan-ing – Maxwell market for lunch and really good Japanese food for dinner on Saturday, and a fantastic Mexican dinner followed by yummy ice cream for dessert last night.

Living in California for half a decade (man, that makes me sound really old) made me a huge fan of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Moving east for a couple years resulted in cravings for decent salsa, fajitas and burritos, and moving back here made those cravings even worse. I just couldn’t find anything vaguely resembling good Mexican fare – Cafe Iguana came the closest, but what they serve is mediocre at best.

But last night’s meal at Margarita’s changed that all.

So I was craving for mole last Friday, and my friend suggested we check out Margarita’s, since she’d heard good things about it, and she’d also heard that the Mexican ambassador dines there. I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint. =)

We went to the branch at Faber Drive (in the Clementi area), which is nice and cosy, but can get a tad noisy when packed. I had the Mole Poblano, of course, while my friend had a beef chimichanga. The chips and salsa they served before the meal weren’t all that great – a couple of the chips had gone soft, and the salsa, while decent, tasted like it came out of a can.

Thankfully, our main courses were much better. Having just returned from a 3-week work trip in Mexico City (which explains the sudden mole craving attack), I thought the Mole Poblano was pretty authentic, with its sesame seeds and all. I mean, sure, it’s not El Refugio standard, but hey, considering I’m halfway around the world, I’m definitely not complaining. The chimichanga was quite good too!

Dinner and drinks came up to about S$35 per person. I’m definitely going back there when I get my next Mexican food attack.

After dinner, we headed for The Daily Scopp to get some ice-cream. Mmm mmmm. They had chendol last night, which looked really interesting; but I just wanted some good ol’ strawberry, which turned out to be nice and tart. Their durian flavor’s really good – tastes like a frozen durian seed!

If there’s one thing Singapore’s good for…it’s definitely the food. =)

Margarita’s
108 Faber Drive
6777-1782

404 East Coast Road
6440-8030

The Daily Scoop
41 Sunset Way
#01-04 Clementi Arcade
6463-3365

5 Comments so far

  1. jer (unregistered) on January 10th, 2006 @ 4:55 am

    I terribly miss taco bell though not really that mexican.


  2. Tym (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 11:59 am

    The Daily Scoop is awesome! Look out for their apple pie, peanut butter and chempedak flavours!

    Book Cafe, along Jalan Saiboo near Mohamed Sultan, also serves Daily Scoop ice cream.

    Jer > Calling Taco Bell Mexican is like thinking Panda Express is real Chinese food or Jack’s Place is real steak ;)


  3. Nat (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    Panda Express…*shudder*


  4. jer (unregistered) on January 13th, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

    tym: hey… erm.. haha. i’ve been stuck in Singapore for too long… need to go out and eat all them foods that you all eat.


  5. Jasmeet (unregistered) on January 14th, 2006 @ 11:01 am

    Ugh..I 2nd the horribleness of Panda Express



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