I'm really not a huge fan of Mexican food, though to be fair, in Singapore most of the Mexican food you get is largely Tex-Mex. There are only so many dishes with tortillas, guacamole, sour cream and refried beans I can handle.
Senor Taco at Chijmes seems to have quite a loyal following, so when they opened at our new favourite mall, Star Vista, I decided to put aside my prejudices and headed there for dinner one evening.
They have a pretty large menu, and the dishes all seem quite authentic. My one criticism is that the waitstaff, whilst very polite and perhaps a bit too eager and enthusiastic, really had no idea what they were serving. Almost every question that I asked resulted in "er, I'm sorry, let me check". Worse still, their reply was less than helpful or, indeed, accurate.
Case in point - I asked them what the chicharron was. In the time that they took to ask around, I managed to find the answer using my phone - a dish made with pork rinds and other, whilst delicious, rather unhealthy pig products. However, the answer that the waitress came back with was simply "it's pork". I find that slightly irresponsible. Someone who doesn't like fatty meat could have relied on her answer and ordered it, only to be presented with a dish that they couldn't consume.
Anyway, enough about the service. The food itself was actually pretty good. I ended up ordering the carnitas - pulled pork served with soft tortillas and a pico de gallo sauce, that you roll up yourself. The pork was quite tender and I like the selection of hot sauces that they provided as accompaniments, but as a single main course it gets a tad monotonous after a while. Definitely better to share.
A ordered a pork taco dish, which unlike mine already came assembled. The pork had a bit more flavour and overall it was less heavy than my dish, but really, once you roll everything up and add the hot sauces, they really do end up tasting quite similar. Hence my inherent issue with Mexican food.
Still, as far as Mexican food goes, this wasn't too bad and definitely a lot better than generic Tex-Mex fare that you get at chain restaurants like Chilli's. Which, come to think of it, really shouldn't be used as a benchmark anyway.
Decent I guess. But while the servers do try very hard, they aren't the most knowledgeable when it comes to describing the ingredients. Don't think we'll be back anytime soon though.
1 Vista Exchange Green
#02-22 Star Vista
Opening hours: Open at noon. Closing times vary from 11 pm to 2 am - too confusing to list