Burrito Boys

June 10, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Burrito Boys
4 Hillview Rise
#01-10 HillV2


http://burritoboys.com.sg/


Decent Mexican Fast Food In West Singapore

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 6
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $15 per person.


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The cuisine from Mexico is rather uncommon in Singapore, so it's always nice to hear of a new Mexican food business. The latest entrant, opening their doors in the new HillV2 shopping mall in Bukit Gombak in December 2014, is Burrito Boys. Styled as a quick, casual, affordable Mexican fast food restaurant, Burrito Boys occupies a niche, untapped market in West Singapore. And with their decent food, Burrito Boys is worth checking out for people in the area!

Ambience at Burrito Boys is clean and functional, with wooden furniture spaced neatly around the brightly lit, 50-seater dining area. Rather than Mexican style decor, they've chosen to go with typography, referencing Mexican food, as the wallpaper. Queues can get rather long during peak periods though, as the menu doesn't clearly state the various choices you have to make when ordering, leading the bottlenecks during service. Would help if the menu was much clearer on the various options available.

Service at Burrito Boys is relatively straight-forward, similar to service at other fast food franchises, in particular, Subway. Ordering, payment, and collection is self-service over the counter, though you get to choose how to build your meal. Staff are quite helpful in this regard, informing you of all the choices you can select from, but this causes service bottlenecks / slower pace, while people decide what they'll like to eat. Staff here are also efficient are clearing empty / dirty tables for other diners.

Food at Burrito Boys is Mexican style fast food. Featuring mainly Burritos, Tacos, or Bowls, you can customise each meal to your liking. Choose from either grilled chicken, steak, carnitas (marinated pork), vegetables, or Mexican tofu, along with a variety of other condiments and sauces. Portions are decently sized and filling for individuals, and a typical meal here costs less than SGD $15 per person. Taste is generally decent, but Burrito Boys isn't worth going out of the way for. Dine here only if you're nearby.


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The 50-seater restaurant is spacious, with a casual, quick meal vibe. And as 1 of the 4 cheapest places to dine at in HillV2 shopping mall, Burrito Boys has no problems pulling in folks, more so for those looking for something different to eat.

Burrito Boys Signage


Burrito Boys Exterior


Burrito Boys Interior



The menu isn't as helpful as it could be. To start, choose from either a Burrito, Taco, or Bowl. Then select your main ingredient; either grilled chicken, steak, carnitas (marinated pork), vegetables, or Mexican tofu. Note that prices are pegged to the main ingredient! I personally would recommend either the carnitas (marinated pork), or the grilled chicken!

Then, choose the condiments; either whole black beans, or mashed refried black beans. Select from 1 of 4 different home-made salsas; either spicy fresh tomato salsa (recommended), medium tomato salsa, mild herb salsa, or corn salsa (recommended). Finally, you have a choice of adding Mexican rice (a lime-cilantro fried rice), lettuce, shredded cheese, and sour cream. For best value for money, get everything!

Burrito Boys Menu 01


Burrito Boys Menu 02


Fillings 01


Fillings 02



Available on each table, there are 2 versions of the Sauces Salsa De Habanero; either Roja, or Verde. The difference is the green coloured Verde is sour with a mild spicy heat, while the red coloured Roja is straight up spicy, with a lingering burn.

Sauces Salsa De Habanero - Roja & Verde



The Nachos With Grilled Chicken (SGD $6) is more than a side dish, but a full meal on its own. A heaping plate of nachos is topped with the ingredients and condiments, similar to a Taco / Burrito. In this visit, we had it topped with grilled chicken, whole black beans, mild herb salsa, and sour cream. However, it differs from the mains because you cannot add Mexican rice, lettuce, or shredded cheese. Still, it's a pretty decent dish, good enough for small eaters, or for sharing.

Nachos With Grilled Chicken



The Nachos here are the pre-salted, factory packed version, so while the quality isn't too great, it's at least crisp, and edible. Called 'Chips' on the menu, all heaping portions are served in a basket, along with a choice of 1 dip. The Nachos With Guacamole (SGD $4) stood out for me, the guacamole features fresh mashed avocado, creamy, rich, and smooth, although it could have been mashed finer, as there were still small chunks within. The Nachos With Tomato Salsa Spicy (SGD $3) features fresh diced tomato and raw red onions, tangy, spicy, sharp, and sweet. The Nachos With Corn Salsa (SGD $3) features fresh corn kernels and diced bell peppers / capsicum, with a sweet, mellow taste. Because all the dips are freshly made in-house, they're actually quite good, and I would recommend all 3 that I tried here!

Nachos With Guacamole


Nachos With Tomato Salsa Spicy


Nachos With Corn Salsa



The Tacos here are the most visually appealing, but also the most messy to consume. We tried the Tacos With Carnitas (SGD $10.50) which features a rather salty (if eaten alone) marinated pork, and we paired it with mashed refried black beans, spicy fresh tomato salsa, Mexican rice, lettuce, shredded cheese, and sour cream. We also tried the Tacos With Grilled Chicken (SGD $9.50), which features savoury grilled chicken, and we paired it with whole black beans, spicy fresh tomato salsa, Mexican rice, lettuce, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

Each order comes with 2 identical Tacos. Both the pork and the chicken filling are decent choices, tasty and not too dry. The staff actually use fresh meat here, and grill it skillfully on the hot open top stove, so you're assured that it tastes good. Of the 2, the marinated pork is more distinct in taste (because it's salty), the chicken gets somewhat overwhelmed by the rest of the ingredients in taste. Also, the filling within the Tacos fall out easily when eating, making it very messy.

Tacos With Carnitas 01


Tacos With Carnitas 02


Tacos With Grilled Chicken 01


Tacos With Grilled Chicken 02



The Burritos here aren't too visually appealing, but are slightly less messy to consume. We tried the Burrito With Grilled Steak (SGD $11) which features a tasty grilled steak, albeit somewhat dry, and we paired it with mashed refried black beans, corn salsa, Mexican rice, lettuce, shredded cheese, and sour cream. The Burritos are substantial, and tightly packed, easy to eat on the go, though the sauce does tend to leak out. You can request for staff to cut it in half, if you choose to share.

Burrito With Grilled Steak 01


Burrito With Grilled Steak 02



The Bowl is the least visually appealing, due to the large bowl used which causes the portion to look small (all portions sizes are the same), but it's also the least messy to consume. We tried the Bowl With Carnitas (SGD $10.50), pairing the marinated pork with whole black beans, medium tomato salsa, Mexican rice, lettuce, shredded cheese, and sour cream. With the lettuce scattered over the top, it looks unappealing. You'll have to stir everything together before consuming.

Bowl With Carnitas 01


Bowl With Carnitas 02






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