A LONGSTANDING favourite with Bangkok’s expat community, Señor Pico at the Rembrandt Hotel is one of the city’s liveliest Mexican restaurants.
Featuring a live Latino band every night except Tuesday, bubbly and friendly staff wearing T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like “Get Pico’d,” and an extensive menu of Mexican eats such as burritos, tacos, and Quesadillas, not to mention a drinks menu swimming with all kinds of tequilas and other boozy concoctions – like the signature Scintilly Cinnamon Sangria and La Hacienda Margarita, served in glass goblets, no less – it’s a place to let loose with friends and family and not worry that you might spill a few sauces down your shirt in the process.
But you don’t need to have a tongue of steel to enjoy the dishes here, of course; the spice levels and addition of hot sauces are all down to personal taste. You can bet your sombrero, though, that each dish that comes from the kitchen will be bursting with wholesome Mexican flavours – a much-loved medley of Mesoamerican and European influences, underscored by beans, corn, peppers, fresh salads, and grilled meats and seafood.
Highlights of the restaurant’s varied menu, all lovingly prepared by the hotel’s new executive sous chef, Jesus Nino from Barcelona, Spain, include Grilled chicken tacos (B350++), Seared tuna rubbed with Mexican spices served with avocado and mango chutney (B595++), Tiger prawns espetadas, carved tableside (B995++), Shredded chicken quesadillas (B350++), and Braised US Certified Black Angus Sirloin fajitas (B650++).
Visit on a Tuesday evening and you can enjoy all-you-can-drink margaritas at B499; all-you-can-eat Tacos at B499; or combine both promotions for just B799.
Another great deal is served up on a Saturday, when the restaurant puts on a sumptuous brunch from 12pm-3pm at just B599++ per person (half price for kids under 12).
Señor Pico boasts one of the most extensive Tequila selections in town – over 60 options ranging in price from B180-B1,000 – and has an extensive wine list, too, starting at just B890 per bottle.
The usual local beers are available for B160, but we suggest you team your eats with one of the newly stocked American craft beers, or, better yet, the Original C Cave Creek Chilli Beer – which, true to its name, has a pepper floating in it, giving the lager a refreshingly spicy taste.
Señor Pico, Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok, 19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Señor Pico opens daily 5pm-1am
Tel: 02 261 7100