Sure to make your taste buds dance is the vibrant Mexican cuisine on offer in Bali. We have done our research and personally taste tested some of the latest hotspots and fan favourites of hipster Canggu and well-known Seminyak. We suggest dusting off your sombrero and trying one of these restaurants to tantalise your taste buds.
New Kids on the Block in Canggu
One of the newest kids on the block is this hip Mexican restaurant that is bursting at the seams with homemade guac, flavour filled quesadillas and authentic style burritos. Fast becoming the No. 1 place to be on a Tuesday thanks to their free tacos for every cocktail you purchase. We hear their margaritas are as exotic as their staff and pack a punch with fresh ingredients and classic style.
Must try: If you can handle the heat, we suggest trying one of their micheladas.
Just as the name states you only need two fingers to pick up one of their street style tacos. We suggest ordering shared plates so you get to taste as much of the menu as possible. Don’t be afraid to get messy, as their food is packed with juicy flavours all featured on their menu that is well-rounded and can provide something for everyone. You will be spoilt for choice when browsing their cocktail menu; starting with the typical tequila base concoctions and moving over to ‘the rest’… a menu that adds a twist to some old favourites.
Must try: We are partial to the Watermelon & Pomegranate Mojito – plus can’t go past their Barbacoa Beef Cheek Taco.
La Bandida is known for their unorthodox fusions of flavours found in their tacos, tapas and tostadas, whilst still staying true to their roots with their tasty sangrias and endless lists of cocktails. You won’t go home hungry as their food is literally packed to the brim with loaded tacos and piled high with flavour. If you are looking for a new venue with some flare we suggest this hipster hideaway for their mood lighting and authentic tunes.
Must try: Their sipping worthy sangria is a must try any day of the week however, an insider tip is that it’s free on Thursdays!
Seminyak’s Well-Known Favourites
Rest assured this is not your average restaurant – featuring swaying palm trees in the courtyard by day and a Mexican fiesta atmosphere by night, you may soon forget that you are in Bali when you have dinner at this Seminyak icon. Delivering mouth-watering food to the masses daily with their modern style menu and humble tasty street food. Whether you are looking for the traditional favourite of tacos, nachos, quesadillas and tequila or some menu items you may not have heard of before – Motel Mexicola sure does deliver. We would like to note that the social atmosphere starts early in the evening, and thus might not be the low key feast you are looking for.
Must try: We suggest hitting up their Antijitos menu as you won’t be disappointed by the portion size and flavours.
You will be immediately welcomed by the upbeat atmosphere of Sea Circus at the door and usher through a colourful interior filled with stylish decor. Whether you are looking for a hangover breakfast fix or a great place for evening cocktails their eclectic menu has something for all. Their affordably priced menu is mostly below IDR 80,000 and is well balanced between healthy choices like coconut lattes and tasty indulgences such as a ringmaster martini.
Must try: We can’t go past the ‘stilt walker’ cocktail and fresh fish tacos.
One of the Seminyak original Mexican cuisine restaurants that has been serving customers since 2012. This is the sister venue to Lacalita Bar Y Cocina, Canggu – you can expect the same level of service and buzzing atmosphere. The music is just at the right volume to make you feel festive, whilst still being low enough to have a conversation with friends. If you are fond of cheeky signature cocktails and fresh flavoured food, this is a great affordable find in Seminyak.
Must try: Their Taco Tuesdays last all day and night – offering margaritas and tacos for IDR 150,000.
The Canggu OG’s
Upon nightfall, this venue comes to life with vibrant music, flowing cocktails and cuisine of Columbian-style influence. This Canggu hangout is firmly considered as the place to be if you want a colourful atmosphere, with cool tunes and a menu boasting affordable prices that won’t break your holiday budget. Tacos are all under IDR 55,000, Bintang’s are IDR 30,000, cocktails start from IDR 70,000 – offering incredible value for money.
Must try: We suggest hitting their Taco Thursday’s where their beers and tacos only set you back IDR 15,000 all night.
Located in the heart of trendy Canggu is where you will find the authentic flavours of South America all wrapped up burrito style at La Mexicana. Serving Tex-Mex style food with a vast menu offering of standard tacos, quesadillas, nachos and burritos. We recommend this place to those who are wanting to diversify their palate from the acai bowls and plant-based menus of Canggu to something more fragrant.
Must try: Their refreshing frozen margaritas are hard to beat.
We love their open-plan dining space with mural art that lines the walls. Their food is filled with fresh ingredients, offering a mixture of traditional and modern twists on old school favourites. Browse their menu and you will find that it is designed to be versatile and thus you can choose to share with friends or fly solo. Tip; their portion sizes are decent and thus if you are looking for something light a half serve option is available for most of their dishes.
Must try: We personally are obsessed with their quesadillas and Jalapeño infused tequila-based cocktails.
Authentic Style Mexican in Seminyak
True to their motto, they keep it simple and fresh with authentic Mexican tacos, tortillas, nachos and burritos at Taco Casa. If you are looking for fast service, casual dining feels at a competitive price point this is the place for you. Located at the northern end of Jalan Petitenget, this long-standing eatery is a hotspot for tourists wanting to indulge in their Latin themed cocktails.
Must try: A pitcher of Sangria that will have you dancing by the end of your night.
Famous for their Babi Guling tacos and family-orientated atmosphere, Taco Beach Grill is affordably priced and offers great service. Expect to taste the usual flavours you’d expect south-of-the-boarder with the obvious modern twist of Bali’s iconic suckling pig. This open casual restaurant is American owned and offers a culinary experience that goes far beyond tacos and burritos with their modern gourmet flare.
Must try: Babi Guling tacos – signature to the Bali’s iconic suckling pig.