Motel Mexicola, a touch of Mexico in Bali

As we celebrate our youth in Bali, so does Motel Mexicola Seminyak celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with an extravagantly wild party complete with little people wrestlers, fortune tellers, horse rides, piñata breaking and live music. Motel Mexicola has long been known as the place to go to in Seminyak for a night out, but don’t discount their food – because it’s just as good if not better than their parties.

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With the appointment of Chef Steve Skelly, the revolutionary visionary behind Bali’s famous Urchin Restaurant, their food is now terrifyingly good (to say the very least). While it’s nothing at all close to fine dining, Motel Mexicola takes a different approach to Mexican food, far away from the infamous Tex Mex street food usually seen in restaurants. Here they serve wholesome meals as close to home-cooked as you can possibly get. Think braised pork belly, freshly grilled prawns and a crazy assortment of nachos, dips and ceviches.

Chef Steve Skelly Bali

When you first walk into Motel Mexicola, more often than not you’ll be blown away by the colourful personality of the place. The interior design, the music, the overall ambiance is overwhelmingly cohesive and that’s just how Chef Skelly has designed the new menu. While not a complete overhaul, it is most definitely an improvement and we don’t hear anyone complaining.

Totopos at Motel Mexicola Seminyak BaliTotopos at Motel Mexicola Seminyak Bali

Ceviche de Coco

We started off with some of their housemade Totopos (Mexican for “corn chip”). They come with a variety of different accompaniments, black beans, pico de gallo (tomato, onion and coriander salsa) and some of the creamiest guacamole we have ever tasted. No joke.

The Ceviche de Coco was a surprise to our tastebuds and not at all what we were expecting from a Mexican restaurant. The black corn chips are served with sashimi grade tuna, young coconut, ginger avocado and lime. Light and refreshing (and very much recommended).

Tostadas de Cangrejo

Quesadilla de Pollo

The next item on the menu is the one we would recommend again and again to everyone who asks and even if they don’t. The Tostadas de Cangrejo are crispy corn chips topped with locally-sourced blue swimmer crab as sweet as can be. Creamy, cooling, and all-in-all the perfect bite sized snack with or without drinks (though we definitely recommend you order a drink).

Quesadillas are some of the most famous Mexican foods anywhere. You can never go wrong with warm, cheesy, toasted goodness. We tried the Quesadilla de Pollo, a pulled chicken quesa with melted cheese and served with fresh pico de gallo.

Camarones Oaxaca

For the mains we had two seafood dishes and one pork dish. The Camarones Oaxaca is a marinated grilled prawn dish with a fresh green leaf salad, tortillas and Mexican rice. The prawns are tender and easy to take apart even if you don’t use your hands. The Pescado Frito is your typical ‘Fish n Chips’ without the chips. You’re given a huge serving with a nice helping of salad as well.

The Pancita Guisada is flaunted as their best selling dish. A rich, braised pork belly with roasted vegetables served with Mexican rice and tortillas. The sauce was great, sweet, savoury and generously given. Unfortunately the skin was tough and chewy, not at all crispy or light. It’s not what we would recommend when you come here. While it’s a nice dish regardless, there are simply much better options to choose from instead.

At the end of the day, Motel Mexicola is a great place to drink and have a chat with friends while dipping into some sides – and their quesadillas, ceviches and nachos are where they really shine. If you’re looking for a nice sit down dinner, we’ll have to direct you somewhere else. Reservations aren’t necessary but we do recommend them.

Where: Jl. Kayu Jati No. 9X, Seminyak
Badung, Bali

When: 11:00 – 1:00am

More Info: +62 361 736688 / @motelmexicola


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