Piedra Negra! Mexican food near Arab Street! Funny combination, but we’ll take it. On the outside and inside, the place exudes the unmistakable personality of the country and culture. Pure, bright colors on every wall, an alleyway of graphically stunning graffiti, painted faces of Dia de Los Muertos, a little tiled roof and a variety of indoor and outdoor seating. With a beach and an ocean breeze we could have been in Sayulita.
As any expat knows, Mexican food seems to be the most elusive type of food to find when you’re east or west of the U.S. in the northern hemisphere. There’s Tex-Mex aplenty, especially in the U.K., but a good burrito or chile relleno or tamale just isn’t an easy thing to find. And good whole black beans or pinto beans? Tomatillo salsa? Not a chance. It’s excruciating for anyone who just came from San Francisco, with taquerias (GOOD taquerias) serving it up right, throughout the Mission district.
However, Piedra Negra was pretty good last night. We ordered the Flauta Tacos (not sure why they added “tacos” to the name when “flautas” would have covered it), and grilled fish with salsa, greens and fries (yes, strange — a few things on the menu came with fries). Both entrees were really, really good — nice shredded chicken, crispy shells, garnished with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and onions on the flautas. The fish was light and tasty, although less Mexican as it lacked any particular style or ingredient that would have made it so.
Nachos were served next to us and, although this is a pedestrian Mexican-American plate, they did smell good and looked nice too. We’ll try them next time with a Corona — so far the cheapest I’ve found in Singapore at the bargain price of $7.50 SGD. Bueno!
Piedra Negra :: 241 Beach Road