Before I start, I have to admit that I know very little about Mexican food, so I can’t really talk with any real authority about it. But my friend Mike and his Latin American friends have been to many Mexican restaurants and they agreed that Casa Latina restaurant at Waterloo street serves the best Mexican food in Singapore.
While there are quite a few Mexican Restaurants in Singapore, most of them are offering Tex-Mex cuisine. Casa Latina, on the other hand, prides itself on serving authentic Mexican food. From the brief encounter with the chef, I understand that he has many years of experience in cooking Mexican food, and the restaurant actually import most of their sauces and spices directly from Mexico.
Casa Latina Mexican Restaurant has a rather extensive menu: there are around 17 appetisers/soup/salad ($12-18); over 20 main courses which comprise meat and seafood ($20-34); and 4 desserts ($8-9). With so many items to choose from, it is naturally advisable to come with a group of friends so that you can order more and share. Since there was only two of us that day, we ordered 4 items and spent about $40 each.
We started with Casa Latina’s Melted Cheese ($16) and it was very very good. The Ceviche Estilo ($20) – pictured in the opening of this post – was also a great appetiser. Shrimps cooked with tomatoes, onion, coriander and fresh chillies; very fresh and appetising.
I don’t usually order soup when I am dining out in restaurants. To me, it seems a little silly to pay so much for soup – I’d rather get an additional dessert. But Mike spoke highly of the chilli poblano soup ($10), so I had to try it for myself. Intriguing is the only word to describe it.
The photo above doesn’t really do justice to the Las Carnitas ($29). The amazing pork confit was served with corn tortillas and a divine Mexican sauce. Initially, I was eating the meat wrapped in the tortilla. But after a while, I was annoyed that the wrapping process was taking too much time, so I decided to eat the meat directly (without the tortilla). Yum.
Most people usually mention Cafe Iguna or Margarita’s when you ask them for their favourite Mexican Restaurants in Singapore. Although Casa Latina has very good Mexican food, not many people know about them. I was there for lunch on a weekday and we were the only table. Mike told me that business is better during weekends, but no restaurant can survive solely on weekend crowd.
If you have always wanted to try Mexican food, I urge you to check out this Mexican restaurant along Waterloo street.
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Casa Latina Mexican Restaurant
42 Waterloo Street
Tel: +65 6884 6929
Daily: 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm