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  • Recommended by a Mexican friend as the best place in town for tacos, I knew I had to see for myself what it was all about. Located in the fun Found 158 complex, El Santo has a large indoor and outdoor seating area. We came here around brunch time on the weekends, and the place was not too packed as most places in Found 158 don’t open nor get busy till night-time.

    The concrete walls inside El Santo were adorned with artworks of wrestlers with luche libre masks, and the TV streamed wrestling matches as well, giving the place a vibrant feel.

    There was a wide array of brunch menu options to choose from, and it was a hard choice as everything seemed like a feast. In the end we opted for the Al Pastor taco (marinated pork tacos served with grilled pineapple), Arrachera taco (beef steak taco with guacamole), nachos, and the short ribs & egg benedict open faced burrito. We waited quite a bit to be served but the food did not disappoint.

    The taco toppings were plentiful, and it took quite a few mouthfuls to finish. The pineapple added a special taste of contrasting flavours to the Al Pastor taco, but I enjoyed the Arrachera taco more as beef with guac can never go wrong. The nachos were a delicious mix of beans, chilli, guac, cheese and salsa. Having never eaten an open-faced burrito before, I was pleasantly surprised by the photogenic displace of the food. With a combination of rib meat, bacon, avocados, and egg benedict, it seemed like the perfect brunch combination. By the end of the meal, my stomach was stuffed to the max, but extremely satisfied.

    The place didn’t do too much damage to the wallet as tacos were 3 for 100 rmb, nachos 68 rmb, and the open-faced burrito for 98rmb. Overall verdict, I’m still not sure if the place can be claimed as the best taco place in town, but it certainly wasn’t bad for the buck.

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