Forget Tex-Mex, this is the real deal.
The buzz: The first Mexican restaurant to hit Sathorn is already thriving thanks to its real-deal Mexican food—not a burrito or hard taco shell in sight.
The decor: Mexico’s vibrant culture hits you as soon as you reach the stairs, from the mariachi background music to the sizzling sounds coming from the open kitchen. Bright pink and yellow walls dotted with wooden crosses and old photographs lead up to a colorful hand-painted mural featuring Latin-inspired art. Mexican sarape pillows line the banquette seating, while tables are adorned with fun touches like skulls, bandana napkins, candles and little daily-changing trinkets.
The food: Sergio Velazquez heads up a team of talented Mexican and Venezuelan chefs for a menu that proudly rejects Tex-Mex, giving a nod instead to bordering Latino countries. Start with the Ceviche Acapulco (B220), a bright and fresh dish of marinated fish with tomato, avocado and a touch of sourness. Get a taste of the creamy guacamole in the signature flank steak Taco de Suadero (B190), or for something a little different, the crisp exterior and soft interior of the Venezuelan Arepas (corn cakes filled with chicken, meat or veggies, B220) will have you hooked. Don’t leave without something sweet, like the classic Concha con Chocolate (spiced Oaxaca hot chocolate served with a sweet pastry, B100) or the indulgent Tres Leches de Cajeta (B140)—sponge cake soaked in three types of milk, topped with strawberries and homemade caramel.
The drinks: An ice-cold Tempus Dorada (Mexican golden ale, B220) or a classic Michelada (beer made with lime juice and spices, B170) makes for a light and refreshing accompaniment, while you can’t go wrong with a traditional Margarita (B265). Finish off by browsing the continuously updated list of tequilas and mezcals.
Why we’d go back: With tacos that melt in your mouth, the creamiest guacamole in town, fun music and a dizzying list of tequilas and mezcals, this is our new go-to for a night out with friends. Megan Leon