The Place I have not been to Mexico before, so it was more of a curiosity factor for me to check out Papi’s Tacos, a few weeks old casual Mexican eatery which opened at Seah Street near Cityhall just a few doors down from Ninja Cut. The surprise for me is that the brand is managed by the same team behind Employees Only at Amoy Street, helmed by Mexican Executive Chef & Partner, Mauricio Espinoza.
My first impression of the space – it’s really intimate. There are 16 seats indoors,’which attempts to recreate the back alley dining experience in Mexico where you literally rub shoulders with fellow diners. The kitchen is pretty open concept, where you can watch the team prepare the dishes from scratch, and check out if they are taking any shortcuts, if any. There are also a couple of outdoor tables, but limited.
The Food At a glance, the menu is very concise and has three main highlights – Tacos, Burritos and Antojitos (Mexican Street Food). We started off with the Tacos De Pollo (S$11) and Tacos De Pescado (S$13), both of which come in set of 2 although you can also opt for set of 3.
The former is marinated chicken with homemade salsa sauce, coriander and lime, while the latter is a grilled white dory fish with smoked chipotle aioli. I enjoyed the fish tacos more, as the flavour are more distinct and is relatively more spicy. One noteworthy mention is the tortilla, which has a fine texture and freshly made flavour.
If you fancy cheese, I recommend the Mushroom Quesadilla (S$12) prepared with grilled cheese, homemade salsa and sour cream. The texture of the quesadilla is essentially the same as the tacos, though the grilled cheese element makes the taste lean more towards that of a pizza, in some ways but not quite the same. It is quite a filling dish in its own, ideal to share with people.
For Burrito, I tried the Burrito De Asada (S$16), which is essentially marinated steak with Mexican rice, black beans, shredded cheese and Pico de gallo. I find having burritos a rather messy affair as the ingredients tend to spill all over the place for me, and it is often too filling on its own where I rarely enjoy the overall flavour. Needless to say, this is my least favourite of the dishes I had here.
Rants Only walk-ins for now, no reservations taken. The indoor space, even with air-conditioning, is warm which I think is largely attributed to the open concept kitchen. Keep cool while eating.
Will Return Again? If you fancy a casual Mexican theme dinner and possibly strike random conversations with other diners, Papi’s Tacos located in town is worth trying. Mexican cuisine is typically less popular among Singaporeans as opposed to Japanese or Korean food, but for me at least, it is a good glimpse into the Mexican dining scene, till the day I finally make it to Mexico.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
39 Seah Street
Monday to Saturday: 5pm to 12am
Closed on Sundays
Ranted by The Ranter