CONTRARY to popular belief, Mexican cuisine isn’t all just cheese-stuffed tacos and burritos bigger than one’s head. Hundreds of varieties of chilli peppers, scores of fresh ingredients, and regional recipes passed down over generations make sure of that.
Visit Méjico, on the second floor of trendy drinking and dining destination Groove@CentralWorld, and you can discover some of the tastiest dishes Mexico has to offer, all made using market-fresh ingredients and presented with modern flair.
No corners are cut in ensuring every flavour from every wholesome ingredient shines through. From marinating meats overnight, to smoking and slow cooking, to using only the finest local vegetables and chillis imported direct from Mexico, a lot of effort goes into each dish, and this is evident in every lip-smacking bite.
A great introduction to the restaurant’s bold, fresh tastes is the Salmon ceviche (B245++), a citrusy, scrumptious and slightly spicy treat, which, with its additional mix of onion, orange and cilantro, has a pleasing blend of textures, too.
Also good to start is the Guacamole (B235++), a thoroughly moreish mix of avocado, serrano chilli, lime juice and chopped onion which comes with crispy plantain chips. 'Smashed' tableside with a pestle and mortar, this dish really hits home just how fresh the ingredients are.
For mains, don’t miss the Braised pork taco (two per serving. B185++), which delights with its melt-in-the-mouth meat and flavours of star anise, tomato, chilli, and the culinary firepower of ginger scallion oil; Achiote chicken (285++), a colourful and refreshing dish that features chicken breast slow-roasted Yucatán style and seared in a ginger, honey and lemon achiote paste, served with mango salsa, cous cous and candied almonds; and the signature Beef short rib (B695++), braised for hours and served with smoky chipotle BBQ sauce and pickled onion.
If, after all that, you still have room for dessert, the signature Churros fondue (B185++) is a real treat – featuring Mexican cinnamon-spiced doughnuts, seasonal fruit, and a heated pot of melted chocolate and caramel.
As for drinks, Méjico offers the largest selection of 100 percent Blue Agave tequilas available in Bangkok (over 190!) and serves up a great range of lip-smacking margaritas (start at B250++) – a real fiesta in a glass.
Méjico, 2nd Floor of Groove@CentralWorld. Open daily 11am-Midnight. 02 252 6660. mejico.asia