It’s Mexican food again! This restaurant in CHIJMES is pretty different from the other Mexican restaurants I’ve been to because this place seems less casual than the rest and certainly not fast food style. The ingredients they use here includes a much wider variety compared to Mex Out, Hombre Cantina or Piedra Negra (which seems to repeat the same chicken/ pork/ prawn etc in every dish) and they use more premium types of meats like Angus beef or Kurobuta pork.
I also noticed this on their menu: “Our superb tacos use only fresh and natural ingredients. Tortillas are made daily in our tortilla factory in Sembawang, Singapore. Order a single taco or a plate.”
Tortillas from Sembawang. Sounds really good. I’m sure Sembawang has perfect air and water to create better tortillas than those from NTUC. Ok not being sarcastic but it is sure comforting to know that their tortilla is fresh because unfresh or bad textured tortillas can ruin a taco.
Tempura Prawns Tacos (plate) – $28.00++
Tempura tiger prawns, chipotle-mayo sauce, pico de gallo and pickled red onion on our tortilla
Tacos are sold either single on in a plate of 3. Salsa verde is provided on the side if I wanted to spice things up. The tortillas from Sembawang was very soft and I really think there’s something special about Sembawang now. I liked my choice and gobbled up my tacos really quickly. I thought it didn’t look filling and I ordered another piece….
Angus Beef Burrito – $32.00++
A superb, 100% NZ Angus beef ame-grilled burrito, packed with lettuce, cheese, beans, guacamole, cream, pickled red onion and tortilla chips
The menu claimed it was “superb” and not every item on the menu gets this description. The size was confirm superb at very least. I would have stolen a chip to try but my tacos were making me too full for comfort.
Braised Pork Carnitas – $11.00++
Braised pork collar carnitas, pico de gallo, diced pickled red onions and jalapeños on corn tortilla
I ordered an extra taco just because I wanted to try the corn tortilla and because I thought my 3 tacos weren’t enough. I was so wrong because after eating this piece I felt I didn’t need to eat anymore for the next 3 days.
I chose the pork collar one and frankly the pork was distinctly not as good as the pulled pork from Mex Out or Homebre Cantina.The tortilla from Sembawang was good though! However, I thought it tasted familiar. Probably one of the Mexican restaurants I’ve been too lately uses Sembawang tortillas too.
I do like this place enough to want to come back for me. I noticed other tables having nicer looking (aesthetically) dishes like Crab Cones, Razor Clams Ceviche, Grilled Octopus etc. I have to try again.
Overall: For good Mexican food with less rowdy ambiance, this is the place.
El Mero Mero
30 Victoria Street