Let's do the LOCO-motion - Mexican food trail with the Loco Group

The Loco Group brought us on a mini food trail to all three of their outlets, Super loco Robertson Quay, Super Loco Customs house and last but not least Lucha Loco.

We commenced the trail at Robertson Quay. Set just beside the Singapore river, Super Loco adopted a Mexican diner look and feel, with the strange use of vibrant colours, creative graphics, festival lighting, handwritten typography and street posters. It wasn't hard to fall in love with the venue. They even have a retail cabinet showcasing an array of quirky Mexican merchandise to be purchased!

The first dish of the night was Almejas Al Guajilo ($21+) which is a dish of steamed clams prepared with Jalapeño, smoked bacon and Mexican dried chili. While this dish seemed harmless, the spice from the jalapeño and dried chili really kicks in at the end, just after you've dropped your guard down. That being said, the clams were fresh, well cleaned and I applaud the chef's choice of steaming the clams, retaining all of its natural flavours and freshness.

The "Pimp My Taco" platter ($50++) was served shortly after and instantly caught the attention of everyone at the table. Served on a platter were a total of six tacos, each brimming with one of these fillings: Braised beef brisket, grilled chicken thigh, roasted lamb, Baja fish, barbecued ox tongue and poblano and zucchini. As a lover of fish tacos, I gravitated towards there instantly. It didn't disappoint; crispy on the exterior and moist on the inside, it was thoroughly enjoyable. In fact, I'm salivating while typing this now, it's unequivocal that I'll be back for the fish tacos soon.

For thirst quenchers, I opted for the Blueberry and Acai Margarita ($17+) to go with my meal. My first encounter with acar in margarita, and I just had to. While the combination of blueberry and acai was hard to recognise, I found delight in knowing a superfood existed in my alcoholic beverage. That makes it less sinful right? Health conscious diners will be overjoyed to know that Super Loco does not use sugar syrups in their drinks. So go forth and imbibe!

Affogato Mexicano
What's a meal without dessert and booze? The Affogato Mexicano ($12+) was my idea of an almost legal teenager walking into a bar and discovering a whole new world (cue magic carpet ride). Vanilla ice cream topped with whisky, cynar, espresso, cinnamon and cocoa; I never could have imagined that liquor and coffee could go so well together. How could two distinctly different drinks, (usually) drank at vastly different timings be of such harmony? Puzzled and amazed at the same time, I found myself revisiting the glass at a frenzied speed, until that goodness had all vanished.

We hopped on the bus and headed to our next location - Super Loco at Customs House. Located just along the Marina Bay waterfront, this outlet is a contemporary Mexican Bar that offers over 80 artisanal Tequila, Mezcal and Raicilla options together with premium ingredients such as lobster, oysters and wagyu amongst other Mexican dishes.
Oyster Kilpedro
For starters, we had the Oyster Kilpedro ($7 each) and Tostada De Huitlacoche ($14+). The oyster kilpedro is Super Loco's unique take on the Oyster Kilpatrick and has habanero, Worcestershire sauce, chorizo and shallot draped atop a grilled oyster. Although I've never been a big fan of oysters due to its tendencies to be slimy and its distinct "sea" flavour, I enjoyed this preparation method. The combination of the sauce and toppings helping toms its strong smell without overpowering the delicate oyster.
Tostada de Huitlachoche
The Tostata De Huitlachoche had Mexican truffle, wild mushrooms, sweet corn, epazote, goat cheese and salsa atop a corn chip. Unlike most truffles in the market, the Mexican Truffle does not have a strong pungent smell. The wild mushrooms took the center stage of this dish and rightfully so, too.
Ceviche de Vieira
Next, we tried the Ceviche de Vieira ($25+) which has Scallops, Ginger, Mango, Lime, coconut, avocado, jalapeño and cilantro. Despite being very light on the palate, the incorporation of fruity flavours allowed the dish to be very refreshing and a great side to drinks.

Steamed Clams

My choice of Margarita was the Tamarind Margarita ($18+) which was carefully concocted with Peach and apply crumble tequila, tamarind, lemongrass agave, lime and sour candy as garnish. Unseen and unheard of before by the novice drinker in me, the margarita had a strong tamarind taste and smell. The overall tipple was neither too pungent nor choking whilst the sour candy strip definitely improves its 'instaworthy' status by leaps and bounds.

Taco de Sticky Beef and Chimichurri
Last but not least, we headed to Lucha Loco, which boasts of its luscious landscaping and a spacious tropical garden to boot. As part of the "Taco Libre" which ran from 25 September to 9 October, I tried Chef Dave Pynt's (of Burnt Ends fame) Taco de Sticky Beef and Chimichurri ($10+). A combination of beef, bacon, chimichurri, burnt onion cream, bacon bits, beef cheek are doled up in a hard taco shell making for a visual treat. In all true Mexican glory, I paired the taco with a Smoky Ron De Banana ($19+) which was a combination of dark rum, banana honey cinnamon infused mezcal, black walnut and chocolate and orange bitters. While the drink proved to be slightly overwhelming for me, I believe that lovers of tequila will find pleasures in this beverage.

Despite being stuffed to the brim at the end of the trail, I had a whale of a time at all three branches. Having enjoyed most of its colourful array of Mexican dishes, I would definitely recommend you to try it for yourself too!

Super Loco Robertson Quay
The Quayside
60 Robertson Quay
#01-13, S(238252)

Super Loco Customs House
70 Collyer Quay

Lucha Loco
15 Duxton Hill

Words and photos by Belinda Yong who wishes that every time of the day is food o' clock. She loves trying new cuisines and creations,  and prays hard for a higher metabolism.

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