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    Favorite Mexican Food Spot

    My experiences are mostly BKK oriented and as such will mostly apply to Mexican joints here. I've tried Los Cabos, Sunrise Tacos, El Diablos (a friend of mine owns and ops diablos) and the place across from emporium (believe it called coyotes) and last but certainly not least, La Monita.


    I say with absolute certainty that La Monita Is the best in Bangers. Food is always top notch, Service is as good as Thai restaurant service can be. It's surprising really that Mexican fair isn't more popular across Thailand. When I frequent Mexican places (given its 90% of the time La Monita) the place is always packed with more Thais than farang. Mexican Cuisine on its own is rather appealing to Thai people, and a Mexican place that tried to incorporate some Thai'ness would do even better, I do believe.

    Now then... Your favorite Mexican/Latino restaurant in Thailand? I'm eager to find a place equal to or greater than La Monita! So so tell.

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    Gonna have to say La Monita too.

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    ^ I believe anyone with any real taste or culinary background will agree.. Some places do one or two things well... La Monita does everything great or they don't bother trying.

    For instance. I know the owner of El Diablos offers a Tamale, Being that Masa Harina isn't available here they made their own "fermented ground corn" which means they're passing off a half ass effort to sell a one of a kind food item. A place with no integrity is no place ill frequent.

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    If you've ever been to Chipotle (mostly Yanks, not sure the UK has Chipotle) you are aware of what simple and proper Mexican food is, I really believe a Chipotle style restaurant would be a money maker here. It's fast food, because it is made quickly, but all ingredients are either organic or wholesome on their own.

    Without even needing a franchise, one could easily open up a Chipotle style place that would be huge profits, all over Thailand. It's something I've been planning for quite some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokturnal
    If you've ever been to Chipotle (mostly Yanks, not sure the UK has Chipotle) you are aware of what simple and proper Mexican food is, I really believe a Chipotle style restaurant would be a money maker here. It's fast food, because it is made quickly, but all ingredients are either organic or wholesome on their own.
    I agree and have thought about that myself. Chipotle is outstanding but the market here for Mexican food is pretty small. Yum owns the rights to Taco Bell here and they are convinced that there is no business to be had in that QSR segment.

    I think the best Mexican food here is in Pattaya. Mike's and Tequila Reef are pretty good. Blue Parrot used to be quite good but they folded recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humbert
    Blue Parrot used to be quite good but they folded recently.
    Really !! The demise of another old Pattaya Institution.

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    ^I said recently but a few of us dropped in there around Christmas and the woman who owns the place said it was the last night, closing for good because her farang husband and her split up.

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    I think I make the best salsa and guacamole in town.


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    ^Certainly looks the best. Can I please have some? I'll bring the beer.

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    If you put some lemon in that guacamole it will stay green longer and look less sickening.

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    ^actually just putting the avocado pit in it works best.

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    Reading the posts, it seems there is some confusion between Mexican food and Tex-Mex food

    most "Mexican" restaurants in Thailand, if not all, serve the latter

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    ^no they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Reading the posts, it seems there is some confusion between Mexican food and Tex-Mex food

    most "Mexican" restaurants in Thailand, if not all, serve the latter
    La Monita is not Tex-Mex. It's New Mexican style. The burritos are San Francisco super burritos not unlike Chipotle's.

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    I'm sure there are restaurants I haven't come across yet. If anyone is aware of them do please let me know.

    And AO - I know my Mexican food is best but a good Mexican/Tex Mex place is usually where I go to drink. Mind you my wife can't make Mac and cheese without a YouTube walk through and three friends/family members.

    My guity pleasure (I know is Tex-Mex ya pricks) is a nice steak Chimi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokturnal
    I'm sure there are restaurants I haven't come across yet. If anyone is aware of them do please let me know.
    There are other threads on this subject.

    http://teakdoor.com/food-and-drink/1...ican-food.html (Best Mexican Food)

    The link the the second page does not appear to be working. Maybe you will have better luck.

    Here's another:

    http://teakdoor.com/bangkok-forum/10...estaurant.html (Que Chida Mexican Restaurant)

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    2 come to mind - My house, followed by AO's house.

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    This thread might be about Bangkok but Barrio Bonito on Koh Chang is great. They were located in Lonely Beach, but are moving to Kae Bae and will re-open in Oct. It's run by a French guy and his Mexican wife, who is also the chef. The burritos made with shredded beef are delicious.

    Barrio Bonito | Mexican Restaurant in Kai bae – Koh Chang

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokturnal View Post
    ^ I believe anyone with any real taste or culinary background will agree.. Some places do one or two things well... La Monita does everything great or they don't bother trying.

    For instance. I know the owner of El Diablos offers a Tamale, Being that Masa Harina isn't available here they made their own "fermented ground corn" which means they're passing off a half ass effort to sell a one of a kind food item. A place with no integrity is no place ill frequent.
    Your first comment above is quite pompas, would typically hear such rubbish from an ass

    Your second comment above reinforces this suspicion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nokturnal
    It's surprising really that Mexican fair isn't more popular across Thailand
    Not really- it's heavily cheese based (well, texmex is), and cheese is both expensive in Thailand, plus most Thai don't like it. So a specialised rather than mainstream food market.

    My main experience of Mexican eating places in Bangkok and Pattaya is that they are overpriced, mutton posing as lamb. The novelty value I suppose, but the Mexican restaurant I went to in Siem Reap (probably the only one there) knocked spots off anything I've encountered in Thailand, both price and quality wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    cheese is both expensive in Thailand, plus most Thai don't like it.
    Asians tend to be lactose intolerant. Hence the soy milk and the dismal pizza.

    Is that Tex-Mex place near Cheap Charlie's still open?
    Last edited by WilliamBlake; 27-04-2013 at 02:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamBlake View Post

    Asians tend to be lactose intolerant. Hence the soy milk and the dismal pizza.
    More like they think they are lactose intolerant, but really are anti - trying anything new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang
    cheese is both expensive in Thailand, plus most Thai don't like it.
    It doesn't seem to bother them in PizzaHut or Pizza Company. They have it on a bed of cheese, topped with cheese, with cheese filled crusts and a cheese dip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince
    They have it on a bed of cheese, topped with cheese, with cheese filled crusts and a cheese dip.
    Their standard pizza seems to have about 2g of cheese, if you're lucky and the 'cheese' filled crusts seems to be that Seppo plastic shit that they call cheese for some strange reason.

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    Of course whatever their pizza is missing is soon forgotten at the moment it's drown with ketchup and mustard.

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