La Monita Taqueria BK Pick!
The place: One of Bangkok’s go-to Mexican joints; known for its vivid decor and flavorful food.
The taste: Fresh and creamy. It starts strong, then mysteriously falls off the flavor cliff due to a lack of seasoning. But it kept us going back for second dips.
Verdict: Dip you dip we dip.
The price: B165
888/25-26 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-651-5605. Open Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Mexicano So Close!
The place: Formerly Senor Pico; one of Bangkok’s originals.
The taste: Fresh and chunky; the look, smell, texture and consistency were all no.1. If only there were more kick and a little salt, this would’ve won, chips down.
Verdict: Guac tease.
The price: B175
1/F, Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18. Opendaily 6pm-midnight, plus Sat-Sun 12-3pm
Sunrise Tacos Runner Up!
The place: The food at this old-school Mexican haunt is not much to write home about, but the burritos are huge and margarita pitchers are B485.
The taste: Creamy and well blended with a balanced taste (though the tomatoes were a little sweet for some).
Verdict: We eat our words.
The price: B95
114/19-20 Silom Soi 4, 02-632-8588. Open daily 11am-2am. Other branches: Terminal 21; Sukhumvit Soi 54; Sukhumvit Soi 33/1
The place: An all-avocado cafe.
The taste: This one arrived with separate DIY components to mix ourselves. No joke. We ended up adding too many chilis, making it hard to measure the flavor.
Verdict: Can we get some service?
The price: B195
1/6 Klang Alley, Sukhumvit Soi 49. Open daily 9am-9pm
The place: A Hong Kong-based franchise with Mexican food done California-style.
The taste: Basically like eating chunks of plain avocado, minced up, with just a touch of powdered chili.
Verdict: Just avo.
The price: B69
G/F, Holiday Inn Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 22, 02-0103-135. Open daily 10-2am. Other branches: Sukhumvit Soi 11; Holiday Inn Silom
The place: Tex-Mex favorites served amid vibrant decor.
The taste: Is that fake lime? And… fish sauce, maybe? We ain’t got time for that!
Verdict: No substitute.
The price: B95
G/F, iCheck Inn Hotel, 19/9-10 Sukhumvit Soi 19. Open daily midday-11pm
The place: Bright and bold surrounds meet authentic, home-cooked food.
The taste: This kinda looks like Japanese potato salad. And no wonder, since it’s basically a ton of tomatoes and onions with about five percent avocado thrown in as a token gesture.
Verdict: Where’s the avo?
The price: B160
21/3 Sukhumvit Soi 18, 02-663-6366. Open daily noon-midnight
El Diablo Yikes!
The place: This colorful, tucked-away cantina offers home cooked food using the owner’s personal recipes.
The taste: Vinegary and fishy with a slight wasabi-like smell. We’re not sure this was freshly made. It looks like baby food and pickles mixed up in a blender.
Verdict: What the?
The price: B100
330 Sukhumvit Soi 22, 02-663-8646