One of the few cuisines that comes close to the chili Indian offerings is the Mexican spread… I am a huge fan of Mexican cuisine… Right from the assemble your self Fajita’s to the tex-mex favourite crispy tacos and the chili-tomato special enchilada’s Mexican cuisine offers an interesting variety of choice. What’s more, it is one of the few cuisines that does not treat vegetarians like an unwanted step-child… and offers equally tasty options to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike…
One of my favourite mid-range Mexican restaurants in Singapore is Baja Fresh, Mexican Grill.
Located at Rendezvous Hotel opposite the Singapore Management University campus at Bras Basah, this lively Mexican eatery is a simple, no-nonsense joint where a family can go and enjoy a meal at a decently reasonable price considering their size of the portion.
There’s something for everyone here. Baja Fresh is a Mexican chain started in 1990 in the California, USA. Their usp in a country of Bell Tacos was fresh ingredients and a self-serve, unlimited salsa bar. A household name in the USA, Baja Fresh is present in Dubai and Singapore as well.
Here’s what we had during our last visit:
 Salsa Bar & Nachos: Almost all their meals come with a serving of crispy nachos chips which go extremely well with the choice of four salsa’s they offer, along with lemon and cilantro.
The four choice of salsa’s include (1) ‘Pico de Gallo’ the original tomato, onion salsa. (2) Salsa Hot… which is their spicy version of salsa, although it is not really as hot as I would personally like. (3) Salsa Baja, this used to be some sort of top Baja secret… the secret apparently lies in heavily roasted tomatoes mixed with coarsely chopped onions and jalapenos and lemon seasoning. (4) Last one is Salsa Molcajate supposedly made on traditional Mexican stone tool. This is chunkier version of the salsa with a rustic condiment’s look.
 Margarita’s: Fresh Margarita dispenser endows the counter… with two flavours lime and blue, their lime flavour is an out and out hit. It’s not as strong as one would expect, but all the same decently well made.It also has some beers on offer…
 Chicken Breast Fajita’s: The seasoned and grilled chicken breast is served with Mexican rice, guacamole (quite well made), sour cream and sauted onions. This is served with tortillas. At Baja Fresh, tortillas are served as corn or flour. Corn tortillas are the tortilla versions of tacos… personally, I like their flour tortillas. While there are quite a few positives of Baja Fresh, their rice is one of their problem points. It’s just not good. But the rest is quite well made and fresh, kind of compensating for the disappointing rice.
 Original Baja Tacos Vegetarian: I like their tacos… it’s crisp and well-made. The tacos are filled with Mexican beans, veggies and go very well with their unlimited salsa’s.
How much will it cost me: For some reason I have realized Mexican food around Singapore is slightly pricier than a lot of other cuisines. Having said that Baja Fresh is comparitively reasonable and a meal for two would cost around S$ 40 inclusive of a Margarita.
Verdict: It’s not the best Tex-Mex I have had… but it is good. Their ingredients are fresh, salsa’s are really good… and the portion size leaves nothing to complain about. It’s definitely worth a try in case you want to enjoy some Tex-Mex. I have seen some unflattering reviews about Baja Fresh on a few forums and I agree, as I initially mentioned, that they are not the best. Their rice servings are really dismal, but the quality of tacos, their meat and the veggie options too definitely pulls me back to visit the place often, not to mention the fact that it happens to be my veggie husband’s most sought after place. Spice and veggie options, what more can I ask for, he often quips.
Location: Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore
Phone: +65-6337 7300