Mexican cuisine – as well as Tex-Mex fare – has enjoyed a wave of increasing popularity in Malaysia in recent years. Here are some destinations where customers can feast on everything from tasty tacos to tempting tamales – evidence of why Mexican cuisine merits a mention on UNESCO’s ‘intangible cultural heritage’ list.

1. La Mexicana


KL’s premier Mexican restaurant, run by Mexican-Italian chef Carmela, whose passion and prowess for the cooking she was raised on radiates through colourful recipes like the classic ceviche, corn tortilla tacos stuffed with Yucatan-style slow-roasted pork, plus salads of imported cactus leaves with guajillo chili. Finish your meal here on a sweet note with the crepes with Cajeta burnt milk cream sauce and walnuts.

Find: La Mexicana’s directory listing here.

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2.  Fresca


Nestled in Mid Valley, Fresca’s menu is massive enough to warrant multiple visits. Highlights range from sopa de fideo (traditional Mexican chicken soup with angel hair noodles) to fried corn quesadillas, served street-food style, stuffed in half-moon parcels with portobello, button mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. Wash down your meal with a Frozen Watermelon Margarita, made with Jose CuervoReposado and Cointreau.

Find: Fresca’s directory listing here.

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3. Curbside Cantina


The newest kid on the Mexican block is a food truck that crafts mainly Mexican-influenced recipes with love-it-or-hate-it twists, like chili con carne with Indian papadums instead of tortilla chips. Our favourite is the ‘cemita’ burger, comprising chicken with avocado, cheese, herbs and spices for a hearty meal with unique, nicely balanced flavours – well worth RM10, the cost of each of Curbside Cantina’s reasonably priced offerings. The truck can be found at different locations on various nights, including Bangsar and Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

Find: Curbside Cantina’s directory listing here.

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4. Loco


The party street of Changkat Bukit Bintang hosts a hotspot where customers can start with deep-fried corn tortilla flutes filled with crispy duck and spicy habanero dressing, move on to tostadas (mini-pizzas topped with refried beans, chicken, lettuce, avocado, shredded cheese and salsa pico de gallo) and keep the cocktails flowing all night long, thanks to the Honey and Amaretto Margarita specials.

Find: Loco’s directory listing here.

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5. La Boca Latino Bar


A vibrant restaurant in Pavilion, La Boca serves not only Mexican cuisine but also highlights from Peru, Cuba, Brazil and Argentina. It’s a riot of flavours here, with Mexican tamale corncakes, Brazilian seafood moqueca, Peruvian ceviche and Argentinean sorrentinos and pastel de choclo.

Find: La Boca’s directory listing here.

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6. Thyme Out


Tex-Mex mania has spiced up a small corner of Petaling Jaya, thanks to a bunch of fajita-loving friends who’ve started a stall at the Mayang Oasis food court. From tortilla wraps to quesadillas, Thyme Out serves the ideal sort of guilty pleasures for night-time crowds who throng this venue (also known as PJ Old Trafford) to catch football match screenings.

Find: Thyme Out’s directory listing here.

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7. Andale! Andale!


The folks of La Mexicana opened a food court outlet at The Intermark this year, dishing out recipes with a home-cooked foundation. Comfort food like pork tenderloin bathed in salsa verde, served with corn-laced rice, carrots & beans is fairly priced for substantial portions with plenty of tender meat. Try the version of ‘horchata’ – a rice and cinnamon beverage – which makes for an absolutely lovely thirst-quencher. Mexican milk cakes and flan both feature on the desserts list.

Find: Andale! Andale!’s directory listing here.

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8. Pastel


‘Keep calm and eat tacos,’ reads a sign at this little café in a Setiawangsa shop-lot that serves halal-assured Tex-Mex fare. Tacos are a speciality at Pastel, filled with lamb or beef for RM18 per plate of two. Travelling a bit north of the border, cuisine-wise, there’s also a ‘Texas Burger’ with hand-pressed beef patty.

Find: Pastel’s directory listing here.

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