Daily: 11:00 - 14:30
Daily: 17:30 - 23:00
Serving Mexican food, this restaurant is located along Purvis Street.
With a name like Rascals, one wonders what you are going to eat, and my curiosity lead me to check out this recently opened Mexican diner at Purvis Street. Run by three friends who are the rascals behind this brand name, one should not fret as they are really a friendly bunch.
A simple but dark setting powered mainly by the candlelight setting, it is built to be the scene of a typical UK eatery.
Down to the food, I started with the caesar salad. It was filled with dressing, something that would bode well with the Singaporean palette.
The first main course was the Filet al mojo ($17.90), probably a dory, that was in zesty sauce with chipotle.
I then tried the Chambarete de Cordero con fideos y menta ($22), a minted lamb leg, which was interestingly paired with vermicelli. The sauce on the vermicelli was a tad spicy, ideal once again for the local palette.
Dessert was an Ancho Chili Chocolate Cake ($6.90). Now before you write it off, this item is a must try. The chocolate sauce ends with a slight spicy after-taste that is just right, not too strong and the caramel is blended with salt to form an nice savory sweet flavour to finish the meal.
All in all, I think the Mexican flavours and spices are its strong points. Note that this is not a Tex-Mex place with the enchiladas or tacos - what they are trying to do here is to produce hearty Mexican flavoured food.
If you are looking for authentic mexican food, this is definitely not the place for you. My husband and I decided to try out the restaurant after reading pretty good reviews in 8 days. We went there on a Saturday night, around 7+pm and only 2 tables were occupied at the time (2 more tables were filled subsequently). Definitely not a good sign. We ordered the tasting menu, which was value for money, since it came with three courses and a margarita. I had the chili nogada, Comarones con Diablo, ice-cream with strawberry salsa. The husband had crab gazpacho, Carne con chile Colorado, and Ancho chili chocolate cake. The only saving grace of this restaurant is the chili nogada. The comarones con diablo (prawns cooked with chipotle, chillis and coconut cream, served with angel hair) tasted only of coconut cream, totally un-mexican. The carne con chile tasted like beef rendang, very very different from the ones we are used at other mexican restaurants. The ice cream with strawberry salsa was the worst. Try pairing ice cream with onions, cilantro, garlic and tomatoes and tell me if you enjoyed it.
Not only was the food unpalatable, the service left much to be desired as well. The waitress was rather deaf (maybe the music was too loud) and we had to repeat our orders a few times. She kept on going, "Sorry?Sorry?" It got pretty annoying after a while. Considering that there were only 2 tables occupied at the time, it was totally unacceptable that we had to wait 15-20 mins just to be served our margaritas. The hub was getting pretty murderous by the time our drinks arrived. The food took way too long to arrive as well.
The ambience was fine. Pretty good for chilling out. You wouldn't think it was a mexican restaurant at all, given its minimalist decor.
In sum, I will not return to this restaurant, given its bad food and service.
I stumped upon this place thru buying the coupon offered online. The coupon was applicable for a 3-Course tasting menu that includes exciting options like Meat Balls for starters, Beef Stew for main course and Ancho chilli chocolate cake. It also includes a free margarita too.
The owner of the restaurant were very helpful and friendly which adds up to the good dining experience we had for the night.
I'll be back again for the Ancho Chilli Chocolate Cake which was indeed very good.