October was a month full of Mexican food in Kuala Lumpur with the annual ‘Flavours of Mexico’. Unsurprisingly, we’re still craving tacos and thankfully, there are a handful of Mexican eateries around. Did you know that the cuisine has been catalogued as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010? That’s thanks to its rich diversity and mixture of ancient civilisation with European influence.
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Mexico has contributed many ingredients now used in cuisines around the world such as corn, child peppers, tomato, avocado, beans and coca. Unique farming methods like milpas (rotating Swidden fields of corn and other crops) and chinampas (farming in lake areas), together with cooking processes unique to Mexican food define the cuisine. Aesthetics play an important part in the cuisine too, which is why food is served in the ‘talavera’, glazed ceramic plates with designs introduced to Mexico by spaniards, who interestingly inherited the design and colours from Islamic cultures. Which brings us to Malaysia, where you should make reservations at these spots for a steaming hot plate of fajitas and more.
Feast Gallery is a Mecca of international and local cuisine, so it comes as no surprise that its got an amazing Mexican eatery to boot. With its long bar serving all sorts of tequila, beers and yummy sangria, Sentidos Gastrobar is also a popular spot to catch some live sports games on the screens.
What to order: The Mariscos Paella; oven-baked rice, prawns, clams, mussels, squid, roasted peppers, saffron, chickpeas, shallots, and roasted garlic
Address: Feast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Fresca — which means fresh — was opened up by two siblings with a strong love for all things Mexican, from its cuisine to vibrant culture. The influence is undeniable in this restaurant, seen across the tiled floors, colourful bar, and refreshing margaritas popular on the menu.
What to order: The jalapeño poppers; spicy on the inside wrapped around a breaded crust, and served with a side of mango salsa
Address: Lot G9, ground floor, Avenue K Shopping Mall, 156 Jalan Ampang
The restaurant and bar is well known for serving cuisine from Latin America, including the likes of Mexico, Peru, Cuba, Brazil, and Argentina. On top of good food, La Boca also entertains diners with tango and salsa dancing to fun, upbeat Latin music.
What to order: The fajitas with tender strips of chicken breast, peppers, onions, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo served on a sizzling hot plate
Address: Level 3, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
The renowned Chef Tamara Rodriguez from Venuezuela opened up this little gem that not only specialises in Latin American cuisine, but homemade chocolates. The chef also does catering for events, so you know who to call for your next big occasion.
What to order: The Mexican lamb dish, Cordero en Adobo Rojo, cooked with sweet and sour spices
Address: 20, Persiaran Ampang
Loco’s famous taco’s are always tempting, especially when the bar & restaurant is located amongst Changkat’s popular watering holes. And with an extensive menu of drinks, you might end up staying for hours — which is never a bad idea when there’s tequila involved.
What to order: The hand-pressed soft fish tacos, stuffed with grilled vegetables, peppers and salsa
Address: 22 Changkat Bukit Bintang