Piedra Negra – Dinner

My pursuit of best Mexican food in Singapore continues! This restaurant is located along Haji Lane, a hip neighbourhood I previously never thought I’d explore. I don’t have anything against this area but typically it appeals more to the typical indie loving artsy crowd, offering unique boutiques and exotic (by Singaporean standard) food choices like Middle Eastern food. The façade of this restaurant was kind of artsy too, but it’s dark at night so I did not take a picture. On a Friday night, this whole lane was crowded and bustling with energy.

Mango Madness Halibut Ceviche – $12.90++

Served with blue and yellow corn chips. The chips seems to be fried judging from the texture but it’s ok because baked chips are equally sinful in my opinion. The chips were very crispy and I like the texture. I love ceviche and I think this makes a good snack if you’re just here for a drink.

Sparkling Hibiscus Flower – $4.50++

No pictures of my drink but I still want to talk about it. I like how they have a few homemade drinks on the menu and I opted for this one because it sounds uniquely Mexican. Apparently Hibiscus tea is popular in Mexico, Central American and South America. The taste was sightly herbaceous and even though I did not find it instantly pleasant (I honestly did not know what to expect, hence to the shock to my taste buds), it was refreshing and drinkable. I sort of liked it towards the end.

Tacos de Camarones – $14.90++

This restaurant offers an extension menu of Mexican food and not just burritos, tacos and nachos like Mex Out or Hombre Cantina so I decided to get something different to try for novelty, but on hindsight I should have ordered the Baja style tacos for easier comparison with other Mexican restaurants I’ve tried.

Anyway, the outer skin was like fried spring roll skin and the filling consisted of prawns. It was nice (like most fried food is) but did not feel super Mexican (pardon my stereotyping) since I wouldn’t associate spring rolls with Mexican food.

Alambre with Chorizo – $15.90++

Tortilla wraps are provided on the side for you to wrap up the filling like a DIY taco. This dish is popular in Mexico, especially Mexico City but probably not as iconic of Mexican food to the rest of the world like tacos or burritos.

I like how this restaurant serves a wide range of Mexican food including some I’ve not seen before at other places with more concise menus (think Baja Fresh and fast food like Mexican restaurants). I also liked the vibrant energy of this place and the relatively inexpensive prices comparing to popular restaurants like Lucha Loco or Super Loco.

*****

Ambiance: 7.5/10
Food: 7.5/10
Value: 7/10
Overall: Wide variety of inexpensive dishes with good unpretentious casual ambiance.

*****

241 Beach Road/3 Haji Lane
Singapore 189753
Tel: 62911297
*****
Mon-Thu: 12pm – 12am
Fri: 12pm -2am
Sat: 5pm – 2am
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