Finally got round to trying Casa Latina, the Mexican restaurant which has been talked about a great deal by foodies in town.
What we had last night:
- Tamales. Each order consisted of 4 small tamales - 2 traditional pork & red chile ones, and 2 with cheese & green chiles. They were good. Tamales are literally impossible to find in Singapore: Margarita's at Dempsey Hill used to offer them, albeit off the menu, and not very good ones at that (sometimes overly-dry and over-salted). But Margarita's had stopped offering them when their business took off a year or so back - which was about the time I stopped patronising that place. Viva Mexico listed tamales on their menu, but the last 3 times I went there, it was always NOT available.
Anyway, I'd go back to Casa Latina again, and again, and again just for their tamales! And ask for refills of the salsa verde or salsa roja sauces to go with the tamales. Delicious!
- Chile Poblano soup, which was pale-green from the green chiles and tasted cheesy, and also had strips of tortilla in it. It was okay, although a bit too salty. I didn't finish mine.
- A chicken dish with Mole Poblano and creamy green chile sauce (was it called Pollo Divorcado or something?). The chicken was delicious. The Mole Poblano was not as complex or bitter, perhaps a nod to local tastes here. Served with Frijoles Refritos, Mexican rice and a basket of warm corn tortillas on the side.
- Beef rib-eye Fajitas. This was, without a doubt, the BEST fajitas I've ever had in Singapore!! Forget about Margarita's in Dempsey, Cafe Iguana in Riverwalk, Viva Mexico in Cuppage Terrace, or any other pretenders - if there's anything that sets Casa Latina apart - this is it!
- Lime pie. It was beautiful to look at, but much too sweet for my taste. Also, the strong eggy smell/taste didn't go down too well with us.
- Pastel de Tres Leches - the famous Three Types-of-Milk Cake (purportedly Nicaraguan in origin) was moist and very addictive. The sponge cake was soaked thru & thru with a combination of sweetened, condensed milk; evaporated milk; and fresh whole milk till its texture became dense, almost resembling a cheesecake. Served with thinly-sliced strawberries & whipped cream on top.
They did not have the dessert we came for - the chocolate tamales - the waiter informed us that their shipment of chocolates from Mexico did not arrive on time for the dessert to be made. Oh well, another time then.
All in all, Casa Latina was certainly a welcome entrant to the Singapore dining scene which had historically lacked a truly authentic Mexican restaurant, despite decades upon decades of Singaporeans dining on pseudo-Mexican eateries here like Chico-n-Charlie's, Cha Cha Cha and El Felipe. With Casa Latina (helmed by Executive Chef Mario Galas, who hails from Puerta Vallarta) offering authentic Mexican cuisine, this will hopefully bring about the much-awaited & much-needed change.
42 Waterloo Street
Tel: +65 6884 6929
Lunch: 12-2pm Daily
Dinner: 6-10pm Daily