Barrio by Mex Out has been on my to-eat list ever since I had the salads at its sister concept, the semi-takeout joint Mex Out. Whereas the latter was salad-centric, the former offers the whole gamut of Tex-Mex cuisine in a larger-spaced restaurant-bar.
The Hubs loves their signature torta, which he orders on the regular through deliveroo, so one night after class, we popped by 313 Somerset to dine-in proper.
A caveat: I'm no expert on Mexican/Latin American or even Tex-Mex cuisine, so while the food at Barrio was pretty good, I can't speak to its authenticity.
A must-try, the Signature Torta ($16) burger comprises a massive hunk of a crisp-fried chicken patty, schmeared with chipotle mayo and creamy guacamole, and jazzed up with pico de gallo and pickled red cabbage. This was scrumptious.
The Devil's Prawns ($26) appeared deceptively stodgy but it was delicious. The prawns were blanketed in a sumptuous medley of chipotle sauce, sour cream and melty cheese, served alongside roasted vegetables, Mexican rice dotted with corn nibblets, and a grilled corn-on-the-cob.
The Corn Tortillas were excellent, one a Braised Shredded Beef Taco ($6) slathered with smoked red salsa, and the other a Pulled Pork Carnitas Taco ($6) burnished with green salsa, were brightened with lashings of diced red onions and a touch of fresh lime.
A staple order at any Latin American restaurant, the Corn Esquites ($9) were so-so. The corn was sweet and juicy, and I liked the added zing of the spicy paprika, but there was too much chipotle mayo which overwhelmed the delicate sweetness of the corn.
What I really love about Mexican salads is how awash with colours they are. Like the Protein Salad ($15) which was really #eatingtherainbow. Here, a base of romaine lettuce is topped with grilled corn nibblets, black beans, pico de gallo, guac, cotija cheese, and roasted chicken dice. Hearty, flavoursome, and absolutely yummy.
Barrio by Mex Out
313 Orchard Road
#01-14/15 313 Somerset
Tel: 6634 2102
Open Sundays to Thursdays from 10.30am to 10.45pm;
Fridays & Saturdays from 10.30am to 11.30pm