Sunny Mexico may be a long way off from Bali’s tropical shores, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t savour a taste of south of the border fare here in Bali. We’ve scoured the island for fresh, flavourful Mexican cuisine in colourful settings that will make you feel as though you’ve been whisked away to Acapulco, Guadalajara, or even good old LA. Read on to check out our top picks for Mexican restaurants in Bali.
Relatively new on the scene, Motel Mexicola is a trendy taqueria and tequileria that offers tasty Mexican fare and bold decor. You can’t miss the bright white facade and colorful flags hanging from the trees outside. Step inside and you’re surrounded by tropical murals painted in pastel hues, lush plants galore, a sun-dappled courtyard and booths and tables decked out in floral tablecloths. Order up some small plates to share like the Taquitos with tempura prawn, pineapple salsa, avocado and coriander or the Costillas de Cerdo, Mexican style pork ribs in a secret sauce, served with corn. And of course, with 13 kinds of tequila to choose from, a round of shots is definitely in order.
Lacalaca Cantina Mexicana
Head to this cozy, rustic spot in the heart of Seminyak for Mexican cuisine with a fresh, modern twist. Start with a Lacalaca Margarita with liberal lashings of tequila, before moving on to light bites like the Ceviche with marinated fish in coconut milk, mango, coriander and mint or the Quinoa Salad with mixed peppers, corn, fennel and pico de gallo. Heartier fare includes the Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos, Crab Quesadillas and Baja Fish Burger with battered market fish, guacamole, dill mayo, salsa and iceberg lettuce. Finish off your meal with a decadent Chocolate Ancho Brulée and an Espresso Tequilini with rich espresso, brown sugar, vanilla pod, cinnamon, nutmeg and tequila.
With locations in Seminyak and Ubud, Taco Casa is a favorite among locals, expats and tourists alike for their hearty tacos, burritos, and enchiladas, all made with fresh ingredients and sans MSG or preservatives. The portions here are huge, and everything from the flour tortillas to the guacamole, pico de gallo, hot sauce and taco shells are made from scratch. If you’re absolutely famished, try the 8-Layer Burrito with a 10” homemade flour tortilla filled with red or cilantro-lime-rice, black or pinto beans, cheddar or mozzarella cheese, fresh shredded lettuce, pico de gallo salsa, guacamole and sour cream.
La Libre Taqueria
Located in chilled out Canggu, La Libre is a fun and funky space to grab some fresh, healthy Mexican food. Grab a seat under the vibrant Mexican-themed pop-art paintings and order up some Pulled Pork Tacos, Chili con Carne, or big fat Burritos bursting with fresh veggies and meat. The best part is that everything is made in house, including the guacamole, salsa, tortillas and even sour cream, and all of the ingredients are sourced in Bali and organic whenever possible. They also have an enticing drink menu with refreshing mojitos, homemade lemonade and icy cold beers on offer.