Margarita's Dempsey Hill... It all started with a holiday to Mexico. Andy Yap, owner of Margarita, fell in love with Mexican cuisine...

Margarita's Dempsey Hill: One of the Best Mexican Restaurant in Singapore


Margarita's Dempsey Hill...

It all started with a holiday to Mexico. Andy Yap, owner of Margarita, fell in love with Mexican cuisine instantly and spent about nine years working as a chef in Mexico before bringing the cuisine back to Singapore. In order to create a dining experience and environment as similar as the one in Mexico, the furniture and ingredients in Margarita are all imported from Mexico.

Andy's strong emphasis on the authenticity and quality of their ingredients have seemed to pay off which can be seen in the huge pool of regulars Margarita has. Over the years, Margarita has also been constantly renewing their recipe to keep up with the customers’ changing taste buds.

With a rich history dated all the way back to 1988, Margarita is a hidden gem located in Dempsey that offers a wide range of authentic and succulent Mexican cuisine at affordable prices. Also, as their name suggests, they are well-known for their margaritas as they used top-notch 100% Blue Agave Tequila. During festive occasions, they also offer special flavoured margaritas such as Blood Orange and Pink Guava. Margarita is probably one of the better Mexican restaurant in Singapore and definitely one you shouldn't miss.

Starters (Antojitos/Appetizers)
1. Queso Fundido (Cheese Fondue)
2. Salsa Rojas (Red Sauce/Salsa)
3. Nachos La Especial
4. Camarones Con Hongos Al Ajillo
(Garlicky Shrimps & Mushrooms)

Tradicional Mexican Delicatessen (Mains)
1. Beef Fajitas
2. Baked Crab Enchiladas
3. Kitchen Sink Burritos

Starters (Antojitos/Appetizers)

1. Salsa Rojas (Red Sauce/Salsa) // $6

2. Queso Fundido (Cheese Fondue) // $18

Both of these makes a really good bar snacks! The nachos are crispy and addictive, especially after dipping it into the red salsa sauce. The red salsa sauce is home-made, and it was not too spicy! The red salsa also had a subtle sour aftertaste which I really liked. 

The Queso Fundido was one of my favourite dishes at Margarita. The Cheese Fondue comes with a bowl of nachos as well. The cheese was finger-licking good (I did not exaggerate!) and it was so addictive. Initially, I thought I was going to get sick of the cheese after a few mouthful but I was wrong. The garnish they put on top of the cheese most probably reduces the jelatness. This is the perfect bar snack to order if you are having an ice cold beer!

Nachos La Especial // $18

This special nachos are made with black beans, chipotle cheese sauce, jalapenos, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo. People who dislike their nachos to be too cheesy can order this. As compared to the other nachos, this would be more flavourful! Guacamole was really good also! 

Camarones Con Hongos Al Ajillo (Garlicky Shrimps & Mushrooms) // $26

The shrimps were really fresh and crunchy. The sauce was well-marinated and flavourful but I didn't quite like the texture and flavour of the mushrooms. I thought it tasted a bit peculiar to me and I didnt't really like it. Verdict: Skip the mushrooms and just eat the shrimps!

Tradicional Mexican Delicatessen (Mains)

Kitchen Sink Burrito // $24

Large rolled tortilla with all the works. Instead, they are grilled and topped with Margarita's special enchilada sauce, guacamole and sour cream. This is insanely huge, definitely good to be shared among 2-3 people because it gets a bit jelat after awhile. The fillings inside the burritos were well-marinated and flavoursome, and it goes very well with the external layer of cheese.

Beef Fajitas // $32

When you think of Mexican cuisine, Fajitas would be the first thing to come to your mind. Again, the portion is really huge and I don't think one person can finish it by himself or herself. The beef was tender, juicy and well-marinated. 

They also provide 5 tortilla wraps for you to go with your beef. Of course, the home-made sauces are really good as well. The guacamole is my all-time favourite!

Baked Crab Enchiladas // $36

Their signature dish! These enchiladas are stuffed with delicate crab meat, topped with specially prepared creamed garlic sauce and enchilada sauce.

The crab was really tasty but it gets a bit jelat after all the cheese on top. The complementary rice, vegetable and black bean sauce neutralises the jelatness.  Also featuring their Grand Margarita (Lime-flavoured) which is reasonably priced at $20 (I didn't manage to get an individual photo of it). It took Andy almost 20 years to perfect the Margarita, no doubt why their margaritas are so well-received by the public! Now you know where to go to satisfy yout alcoholic cravings!

Postre (Desserts)

Kahlua Tiramisu // $16

Kahlah, chocolate, strong Mexican coffee, cheese and sponge fingers - all the sinful but good stuff in this tiramisu. First thing to note, I swear I have never seen such a huge tiramisu in my life. Please do not order this alone! I bet you will be shocked when this is served onto your table!

Very strong in flavour and it melts in your mouth. However, it was a bit too watery for my liking! Probably would be better if it is not so liquefied and more toppings.

 Three Milks Cake (Tres Leches Cake) // $16

 Sponge cake soaked in three different types of milk - fresh milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk. This delicate & exquisite dessert is not in Margarita's menu but you can ask the waiter for it! The cake was soft and fluffy. A must-try at Margaritas and also a great way to end off your Mexican meal!

I also really like the design and ambiance of Margarita!

The food portion at Margarita is really huge! So head over with a group of friends to enjoy some really authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine. (It will be good if you can drive or take a cab!) Thank you Margarita and Amirul for having me!

Nearest Mrt Station: Orchard/Holland Village
Location: 11 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249673
Contact Number: 6471 3228
Restaurant Ratings: 4.5/5
Food Ratings: 8/10

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or sgcafehopping)

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