Introducing Papi’s Tacos, a newly opened back-alley Mexican eatery located in the heart of bustling Seah Street. The small but mighty taqueria emulates the rustic street dining scene of Mexico, with diners getting front-row seats as the chefs prepare mouth-watering quesadillas and salsas. It’s quite a breather from the usual Mexican restaurants here in Singapore, and the food is pretty good too!
We met with the chef, Mauricio ‘Papi’ Espinoza himself, who shared about the cuisine and how he uses his Mexican heritage to bring life to a simple yet high-quality selection of savoury tacos and native dishes. He helms the kitchen with nostalgic recipes from his hometown in Tlaxcala and we must admit that the food here is distinctively different from the other Mexican eateries we tried.
We started off with The Holy Trinity ($11), a combination of chips, guac and pico de gallo salsa. Though the slightly distasteful and cheeky name, we understand the reason as the three ingredients do go extremely well together. The sauces here are all homemade and we especially love their guac which is smooth with little chunks. We also tried the Esquites ($10), which wasn’t something we would typically order but was recommended to try – a plate of grilled corn mixed with Mexican cheese, smoked chipotle aioli and lime.
For our mains we tried an item each from their Quesadilla, Burritos and Tacos menu.
For the quesadillas, you can choose from three different fillings of chicken, steak or mushroom. We decided to go with the Quesadilla with Mushrooms ($12), something slightly mellow to really see how the dish stands out. And just as good as we expected – creamy, melty and irresistibly delicious.
For the Burritos, we tried The Gringo ($15) – generously stuffed with Guajillo-marinated chicken, Mexican rice, black beans, shredded cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. A mild dish that was great tasting and packed with so much flavour.
For the Tacos, you can order in a set of 2 or 3, and each are served on homemade corn tortillas. We tried the Tacos De Camaron ($13/$19) – pan-seared shrimp, Mexican spices, jalapeno, cabbage and sour cream. Once again, the flavour and sauces here really makes this dish stand out. Another recommended choice of tacos to order is Papi’s Tacos de Asada (marinated steak filling).
Address: 39 Seah St, Singapore 188395 (Map)
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 5.00pm – 11.30pm | Sundays: Closed
Contact: +65 6258 0701
With lots of love,
An Affair With Food