For those unaware, Mexican cuisine features some of the most sensational treats you can ever give your tastebuds. With flavours that are spicy, salty, and tangy, you’ll never be disappointed!
Over the years, we’ve been seeing Mexican food gain increasing popularity in and around Kuala Lumpur. And what was once a feat to find is now available almost everywhere! But, where is good to go? Well, if you’re looking to scratch the itch for some tacos and more, here are some of the best places we’ve procured for you.
Offering Mexican classics, Orale is tucked away in Damansara Uptown and does lunch sets for office-goers in the area. Be sure to give their grilled fish taco, Chili Cal Pescado, a try!
Address: 28 Jalan SS 21/58, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +6012 678 4226
Located in the upscale mall of Publika, Chica Bonita is where you’ll have authentic Mexican fare with some incredible Dia de Los Muertos (festival of the dead)-inspired decor. Popular amongst KL-ites, their festive cocktails are a must-order!
Address: Lot 34 Level G2, Block C5 Publika Shopping Gallery, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6017 405 2279
La Boca Latino Bar & Grill
While not specifically Mexican, this joint does serve up some exquisite Latin American staples like quesadillas, tamales, and slow-roasted meats, to name a few.
Address: Lot C3.10.03, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2148 9977
Desa Sri Hartamas and Chow Kit
The owner of Sala started this restaurant to enjoy Tex-Mex-inspired food in a healthy and environmentally responsible way. Famous amongst the vegan community, Sala now has two branches — one in Desa Sri Hartamas, while the other sits on The Row in Chow Kit.
Address: A-G-3A Galeria Hartamas, No 21 Jalan 26a/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +6011 1150 3606
Damansara Heights and Ampang
Serving up some of the best Tex-Mex food, Las Carretas is a pioneer in the local Latin food scene. With a menu that will have you coming back for more, this one is a must-visit if you haven’t already. Parents, they also have a fantastic kids menu!
Address: Lot B-0-7 Semantan Avenue, 10 Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2093 0380
Thyme Out may have come a long way since its humble food truck days, but the food is as good as ever. Currently, they have three outlets: a full-fledged restaurant in Bandar Sunway, a kiosk in Bandar Utama, and a takeaway point in Mont Kiara. Be sure to give their lamb tacos a try!
Address: 66 Jalan PJS 11/7, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Contact: +603 5886 0596
Okay, so we’re totally aware that this is a fast-food joint. But when the popular Tex-Mex food chain Taco Bell arrived on our shores, Malaysians rejoiced. Offering all the classics like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more, you can find outlets in Cyberjaya, Bandar Sri Permaisuri, and Tropicana Gardens Mall.
Address: CC-33 & 34, Concourse Floor, Tropicana Gardens Mall, Petaling Jaya, 47810 Selangor
Contact: +603 8213 0100 (HQ in Cyberjaya)
While it’s not straight-up Mexican food, there is a strong Latin American influence at this Afro-Caribbean restaurant. Their Jamaican Jerk Chicken is a must, and of course, their house cocktails too!
Address: 43 Jalan Kamunting, 50300 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2694 1100
The Don of Tacos
Delivery-based The Don of Tacos will cater good Mexican food to those who are still apprehensive about dining out or those looking to enjoy Latin American food in the comfort of their own home. All the items on their menu are packed with flavour, so be sure to give as many a try — especially their The Gather Platter. Order yours on WhatsApp now!
The Guac Truck
No newbie in the local Tex-Mex scene, The Guac Truck is not your average restaurant. In fact, it’s not even an eatery! This food truck serves up some of the best Tex-Mex staples you can think of and has been since 2014. For you non-meat eaters, you’ll be chuffed to know that their tacos and nachos have a vegan option! Check out their Instagram to find out their location.
Address: No exact location
Contact: +6012 292 8096
Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Located in Avenue K, Fresca Mexican Kitchen & Bar serves some quality Mexican food infused with a modern touch. Though a little on the high price point, the food here is worth spending on! Their corn tortillas are hand-made and prepared the traditional way, so you know this is as authentic as it’ll get!
Address: Lot G9 Avenue-K Mall 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2181 3830
Another food truck on the list, Curbside Cantina is all about getting you authentic Mexican food! Try their Baja Shrimp Tacos and you won’t be disappointed. They sell out pretty quickly, so if you can’t get to where they are, just order via WhatsApp or this website!
Address: No exact location
Contact: +6013 690 7980
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 29 December 2021 and has been updated to include more locations.