A couple of years ago, I gave up on trying to find good Mexican food in Singapore
. There were some places that were nearly bearable, but being spoiled by food from back home, I figured it'd be better to just wait until my next run there. Still, a number of taco bars have been popping up around here lately, so I've been giving them a try in the hopes of finding something worthwhile.
The first one I went to was Señor Taco at Clarke Quay Block 3D #01-12. Encouragingly, they used small corn tortillas and even had tacos al pastor
rotating away on a spit. I wasn't too happy with the pineapple garnish they used, but it was easy to ignore that when doused with their chipotle sauce and a squeeze of lime, and in the end, it was a lot better than I thought it would be. It might come in handy after a night of heavy drinking out at Clarke Quay, which I'm sure was this shop's intention anyway.
Then I heard that Spruce
, an American restaurant that I'm rather fond of, opened up a taquería
little further up the street. This one was much more impressive, with the availability of lengua
as well as radish wedges being very good signs. Loaded up with tons of guacamole, they reminded me a bit more of Torchy's Tacos
rather than a more minimalist Mexican version
. Either way, they were good enough to easily be the best I've had out here so far, even if something about those smooth corn tortillas disturbed me.
And finally, there was the 24 hour Mexican Taco Bar, occupying a stall at the Kopitiam food court of Plaza by the Park on Bras Basah Road. On paper, this one seemed like it had the most potential, with the website bragging about a Mexican chef with CIA credentials that spent time with the Mexican
embassy and even Cafe Iguana down at Riverside Point. But I was totally let down. The flour tortillas alone should have been a big enough clue, but to make it worse, they topped these with sour cream, a huge pet peeve
of mine. Ugh.
My verdict? Spruce Taquería by a long margin. And yes, it's good enough that I'd go there proactively without having to wait for a trip back home
. The only drawback was that they are only open weekdays from 12-3 PM, which not only means going back to the office with heavy dragon breath, but also eliminating the possibility of going there for a post-drinking snack.