7 Mexican Restaurants You Need To Visit2 May 2017
Once upon a time, it used to be hard to get a decent burrito in the Klang Valley, but those days are no more! Great Mexican places are beginning to mushroom up around town and our F&B scene is all the richer for it. Here are seven eateries that we think deserve checking out when you're just hankering for a good ol' taco or margarita.
Las Carretas prides itself on offering the real Mexican deal, encompassing everything from Aztec decorations on the walls to hearty Mexican food and drink. They specialise in traditional favourites such as chimichangas, quesadillas and enchiladas, but they're also proud of home-smoked meats like short ribs and beef brisket. Naturally, their margaritas are up to scratch as well with many varieties on the menu, among them the daringly-named 'Bull Dog' and 'Wild Beast' margaritas.
Various locations – Ampang; Damansara Heights; Subang Jaya
Small eaters will love the 'botanas' at Fresca - small sharing plates of tortilla chips, tacos, tostadas and jalapeno poppers. You can also get some of their tortilla-based plates to share some fajitas and enchiladas, or go for something meatier with traditional Mexican plates of steak, ribs and pan-fried fish. Leave room for dessert, especially if you're planning to sample their churros - they come with dipping sauces of chocolate or cajeta (goat's milk caramel).
The Gardens Mall; Avenue K
Tel: 03-2201 2893; 03-2181 3830
If you’re looking to party the weekend away, La Boca is the place to do it. Weekends are particularly lively here with Havana nights on Fridays from 9pm to 12am, a resident DJ playing Latin dance beats on Saturday from 11pm to 2am, and tango dancing sessions with wine and tapas from 5-7pm on Sundays.
Level 3, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Tel: 03-2148 9977
This eatery on the popular Changkat Bukit Bintang strip is a popular stop for football fanatics and dance enthusiasts alike, with regular match screenings and music sessions to please both types of visitors. Loco’s pride and joy are their 100 per cent homemade soft ‘street’ tacos, which are sure to go down a treat with their margaritas, mojitos, caipirinhas and Mexican beer.
22, Changkat Bukit Bintang,
Tel: 03-2142 8260
How better to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with tasty tapas, great drinks and good friends with an unrivalled backdrop of the Kuala Lumpur skyline? Besides its impressive tapas lineup, this South American tapas bar also specialises in different types of guacamole – the Avruga Caviar Guacamole in particular is to die for. After your meal, sip on one of Fuego’s inventive cocktails and enjoy the view.
Level 23a, Tower B, The Troika
19, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2162 0886
Keep it simple with classic Mexican comfort food at Thyme Out in Sunway. Tacos are the order of the day here with adorably-named entries like ‘Finding Dory’ and ‘Much-shrooms’ on the menu – no prizes for guessing their fillings. For something heartier, go for their burrito bowl or their burritos and cubanos (Cuban sandwich), all of which are very affordably priced for a Mexican meal that won’t break the bank.
66, Jalan PJS 11/7,
Tel: 017-372 8463
One of the most enduring and prevalent Tex-Mex chains in Malaysia, Chili’s is a great place to have a good time with delicious food. Some of their most popular offerings are beef ribs, fajitas and fire-grilled steaks, washed down with tasty cocktails. Feeling more adventurous than a simple margarita? Go for the premium stuff like the Presidente Margarita and the Tropical Sunrise – or get the Rita Trio to sample three of their best.