Rico Taco – Mexican food in Saigon
I read about Mexican restaurant Rico Taco before traveling to Saigon.
The description ticked several of my boxes: good Mexican food in a colourful decor with murals on the walls. Sounded as music to my ears.
So I immediately put it as a pin on my personalised Google city map of Saigon.
Rico Taco has a covered terrace in the front, where they played live music when we were there.
Since the terrace was ‘taken’ by a large group, we chose to sit inside. Plus there’s airco inside, which makes for a more pleasant temperature.
Somehow I expected a more grungy ambiance, which it was not.
I still loved what I saw.
Love it, from the trompe-l’oeil walls to all the colors everywhere and the gorgeous tiles on the floor.
You didn’t; did you???? Yep, we sure did!
Looking at all the colourful straw hats, I just couldn’t resist.
Frits did a weak attempt to protest, but he did not put up much of a fight. So here we are, both wearing one of the hats.
It doesn’t get mucho more tacky than this, does it?
Ok, one more for the road:
The food was great!
We both took fajitas, one with beef and one with chicken and I have to say that both were great!
In the neighbourhood of Rico Taco
There are several other cool places nearby, that you can check out when you are in the neighbourhood.
Although I have to note that we were very disappointed about Acoustic Bar. But we loved the other places.
- MC2 Cafe at Le Quy Don
This is where we met up with our friend Daan, an upbeat Dutch guy who works and lives in Saigon.
MC2 Cafe is a cool cafe during the daytime, for breakfast, lunch, coffees, working and hanging.
- Cafe Soi Da
Enjoy live classical music and local easy listening songs in a garden-like setting.
But on a more serious note: it feels like a place from a past era, somehow. It’s relaxed, green and I enjoyed it.
- Bar Acoustic
I read raving reviews about this place, in particular about the live music and the ambiance.
But the reception was quite unfriendly here. And that’s an understatement. What was wrong with us that night, that we were sort of whisked away everywhere???
IF you decide to check out this place, I’d be curious to know how your experience was. Were you as badly treated as us, or was it just us or were we just unlucky?
We passed by this semi-open corner bar and although we did not go in for a drink, I really liked the ambiance and the decor.
It looks like they serve special beers and craft beers, and apparently you can also eat there. If we would have had more time, I would have gone back to check it out on another day.
So what do you think? Are you warming up to Saigon? Is it more interesting and hip than you thought?