Yes, authentic Mexican food is hard to come by in Singapore, but Viva Mexico – part of the recently renovated Cuppage Terrace – comes the closest, starting with a bona fide Mexican chef in the kitchen and ending with a rich pumpkin dessert baked with cinnamon, sugar and cream. Things bode well when free corn chips and two kinds of salsa arrive (literally) seconds after you sit down, with a salsa verde that’s good enough to drink. Though there’s an eclectic side to the menu, stick to the standards, particularly the chicken enchiladas – boneless chicken breast wrapped in soft corn tortillas, with a side of refried beans looking a bit forlorn without a side of rice. Also notable is the depth of the drink menu (another authentic trait if you ask us), which includes more than a dozen kinds of 100 per cent Agave tequila – plus reasonably priced $10 Jose Cuervo shooters – and a delicious, smoothie-style blackberry margarita. Service is top-notch, attentive and knowledgeable; we now know the difference between sangria and sangrita.
I tried the food once and i was really disappointed, from the name of the restaurant itself, Viva Mexico should be a hit but then i didn't feel the Mexican cultures here so i looked around and i saw a mexican bistro called HOLA! amigo, i love the food and its very cheap...
Posted on Mon 07 May 2012 01:23:32
Uma said: “There are better mexican restaurants in the vicinity”
Yeah been here and I agree the food sux. There is actually another new Mexican Restaurant in Concorde Hotel Food court on orchard rd. My frenz had rave reviews on their margaritas...It's called Hola! Amigo.
Posted on Sun 11 Mar 2012 19:22:59
Ivette said: “Nothing like before”
Obviously the Mexican chef is no longer there... They shouldn't claim to offer Mexican food. It is not!
Posted on Thu 01 Mar 2012 10:35:31
I'm Mexican: decent food, WORST service said: “NEVER GO THERE”
I am Mexican so for Mexican independence I decided to take 20 friends for all over the world (US, India, Lebanon, Austria, Chile, France etc) for a Mexican dinner.
Some of the plates where not that bad but the service was the worst. When we were paying the bill we had some doubt with one of the plates we ordered and as we were trying to clarify if anybody ate that plate the "manager/waiter" started to shout like crazy and insult us.
"Are you going to pay F***rs. This guy just lost his temperament out of I do not know where. I have never been insulted that way by a waiter and I have had the fortune to travel all across Asia, Europe, Africa and the American continent.
A big advice, never go to this place. There are some many places in Singapore with much better food and service. Do not waste your time by going to this restaurant
Posted on Fri 16 Sep 2011 00:46:46
Tocayo said: “Viva Mexico in November 2008”
I dined at Viva Mexico in November 2008. Back then Chef "Mario" and a group of sous chefs from Mexico definitely ensured you were served authentic Mexican food.
I was very impressed. The quality of the food was similar to that served in 5 star kitchens in Mexico. To say the least, this had been the very first Mexican restaurant not to disappoint me (outside of Mexico). Else, such experience has NEVER been authentic Mexican cuisine.
I remember the "mole" Chef Mario served me that day was quite homely, rich and authentic like in Puebla. Without a doubt I considered this my favorite Mexican restaurant.
It is a shame to note by other comments that this may no longer be the case. I guess I have to inquire for chef "Mario" beforehand.
Posted on Tue 03 May 2011 22:32:48
Ivette said: “not so Mexican”
You are right guys, the Mexican chef left several months ago. I haven't been back since, but if there is no Mexican in the kitchen, I don't even try - as the true Mexican I am :)
Posted on Mon 21 Mar 2011 11:19:35
Desperate dan said: “Adios mexico - ”
If all Mexican food was like this the Mexicans would be anorexic. Has the Indian chef been to Mexico? Does he know where Mexico is?? Alex I agree the guacamole sucks. Possibly my worst meal in Singapore. Hasta la vista.
Posted on Sun 20 Mar 2011 00:14:09
Alex said: “Not a Mexican in Sight! - AVOID”
This review needs to be updated. The chef is Indian, and is not able to produce authentic dishes. Probably doesn't help when they try to pass off guacamole, without any avocado in it, and then refuse to take it off the bill. Avoid this place like the plague.
Posted on Mon 14 Mar 2011 22:13:47
Debbie said: “I liked it”
There is a definite difference between Mexican food and what many people know as Tex-Mex. This is NOT Tex-Mex. It is good. It was fresh. It was relaxing. The waiters do not stand over you - if you want something, just let them know. Remember - this is NOT Tex-Mex!
Posted on Fri 06 Aug 2010 13:19:37
never been but... said: “Sounds authentic!”
Hey, Peeved, i've never been to this place, but from what you describe it, it sounds very authentic. I have eaten a lot of mexican food in america - near the border of mexico, and the salsa there (not in tex-mex restaurants) are really mainly chopped tomatoes, or put in a blender. and there really is a burrito dish w a green sauce on top - that is super authentic!
Posted on Fri 16 Apr 2010 17:33:42
Ivette said: “The Best!”
This is the BEST Mexican food I've had in Singapore. I'm Mexican, and I can tell you they bring the ingredients all the way from Mexico. I haven't tried the Tex-Mex stuff (fajitas, burritos), only the more typical Mexican dishes. It's worth it!
Posted on Wed 07 Apr 2010 11:19:45
Nicolas said: “Sooo good”
My wife is Mexican so I know a bit about mexican food. Yes this is definitively the best place to eat Mexican in Singapore. I enjoy it a lot every time we go. Apparently they have a new menu with more choices, I can't wait to go !
Posted on Thu 18 Mar 2010 17:18:04
Peeved said: “Not good, at all...”
I have never left a restaurant, so angry AND sad at the same time. The burrito (if you could even call it that) was covered in some weird green gravy, the 'salsa' was just diced tomato, and the meat inside had something funky going on... Mateo hit the nail on the head in regards to the chef thinking Mexican food consists of onions, peppers and cheese. I highly doubt the chef has even eaten Mexican food before. The burrito was so bad i had to stop eating half way through, the waiter asked if i was full and i politely told him 'I'm sorry, but this is the worst Mexican food i have ever had - and i consider myself to be quite the aficionado.'. Against my wishes, he sent the chef out - so now i'm in an awkward conversation with a smug chef, and left with a bill for $50. A burrito and a Margarita? Thats just stupid. Long story short, don't do it to yourself. I have NEVER felt so strongly about food before - it was THAT bad.
Posted on Fri 05 Feb 2010 11:01:19
Carmen said: “Best Mexican food in town ”
I'm from Guadalajara, Jalisc, Mexico and although most of the dishes try a bit too hard, they are tasty. The ceviche is the best, the typical dishes such as the enchiladas and the fajitas (more American, than Mexican style) are the best. Yes, a bit pricey for Mexican food, but then again - you're not in Mexico anymore chicos! Suck it up and enjoy the food.
Posted on Tue 28 Apr 2009 20:19:12
chicago hearts mexico said: “finally”
i grew up eating mexican food and can say that this is the BEST place i've come across in Singapore so far. I guess we lucked out with a good waiter or they've improved but i wouldn't care either way. They have stuff pablamo's and tamales!!
Posted on Fri 17 Apr 2009 09:12:18
Alberto said: “Authentic Mexican food”
I'm from Mexico and this is definitively the best mexican restaurant in Singapore. It is a bit expensive but I guess quality and authenticity have a price.
People critizizing it don't know anything about mexican food. While Cafe Iguana and Margarita are ok, this is tex-mex, not mexican food.
Posted on Sat 11 Apr 2009 10:49:26
Mateo said: “You're kidding, right?”
This is not even close to an authentic Mexican restaurant, it's not even a decent Mexican restaurant. The chef seems to think that Mexican food consists of onions, peppers and lots of cheese. The Mexican rice is sub-par and the service is below average. Don't waste you're time. Margaritas or Cafe Iguana are much, much better.
Posted on Sat 07 Mar 2009 09:58:29
Ameet said: “Excellent!”
My wife and I just moved here from California a month ago and were yearning for the authentic Mexican food we had back in Cali.
We went to Viva Mexico tonight and enjoyed it all around. We did go for a late dinner, but the service was great and the food was very authentic and tasty. Sitting outside in the Cuppage terrace atmosphere was real nice as well. I will be recommending Viva Mexico to friends.