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Review: Tex-Mex with a twist at Rem.i'nis

The Nacho Burger (left) with cheese- coated tortilla chips, a hefty beef patty, salsa, cabbage slaw and corn kernels.
The Nacho Burger (above) with cheese- coated tortilla chips, a hefty beef patty, salsa, cabbage slaw and corn kernels.ST PHOTO: KENNETH GOH

Tex-Mex food never fails to cheer me up.

It must be the heady combination of gooey cheese, beans and salsa in taco shells or tortilla wraps. But after years of eating burritos and quesadillas, I wonder, is there more to it?

I think I have found the answer at Rem.i'nis, a stall in 33 Sembawang Eating House. It serves innovative Tex-Mex food - think beef nachos in a burger and burrito fried rice.

The five-month-old stall, which is in a quiet private housing estate in Sembawang Road, is run by Mr Ashraaf Shariff, 26, and his wife Nadhirah, 30. Both used to cook in eateries serving Western food.

The Muslim-owned stall offers a small menu of quesadillas, burritos and tacos. However, skip the traditional versions and opt for the fun Tex-Mex mash-ups instead.


The Nacho Burger (above) with cheesecoated tortilla chips, a hefty beef patty, salsa, cabbage slaw and corn kernels. ST PHOTO: KENNETH GOH

One of the best sellers is the Triple Threat Krusty Crust Quesadilla ($6), which has a double dose of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses - both inside and toasted on the crisp tortilla.

The aroma of melted cheese wafts strongly from the lightly- browned wrap filled with coriander and black pepper, which accentuates the smokiness of the cheese.

I was awestruck when the towering Nacho Burger ($9.50) arrived at the table. It is outrageously decadent - cheese-coated tortilla chips are piled on a hefty 140g beef patty that sits on a bed of salsa, cabbage slaw and corn kernels. And the whole lot is sandwiched between a split burger bun.

There is only one way to eat this: Grab the burger firmly with both hands and sink your teeth into it.

  • REM.I'NIS

  • 33 Sembawang Eating House, stall 1, 33 Sembawang Road, open: 1 to 9pm daily; go to facebook.com/rem.inis33

    Rating: 3.5/5 stars

The flavour of the beef is so robust that it drowns out the salsa and sour cream. I also enjoy the crunch from the tortilla chips and corn. My only gripe is that the salsa and coleslaw make the burger a bit too wet for my liking.

There are four other burgers such as the Jeng-Goat ($9), a mutton patty topped with cheese, harissa and greens; and Hola Dorie ($8.50), which is stacked with huge slabs of battered dory fish drizzled with cheese and jalapeno mayonnaise.

Rice lovers can go for the Fried Burrito Rice ($7), which is a deconstructed version of the wrap. The spice-rich rice is fried with tomato sauce, cumin and coriander and served like Korean bibimbap, with six side dishes such as tangy mutton bolognese, fried egg, salsa and cabbage slaw surrounding the rice.

Stumbling out of the coffee shop after a belly-bursting meal, I am already planning what dishes to order on my next visit.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 25, 2016, with the headline 'Tex-Mex with a twist'. Print Edition | Subscribe