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AU$13 - AU$21
CUISINES
American, Mexican, Pizza, Grill
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 7 February 2024

This is to remind myself never to give up on a place. Last night a friend of mine was craving Mexican food so we gave Sala Mexicali another try. I hadn't been there in many years as the few times I went there I was...disappointed with the food and the staff (the atmosphere has always been nice.) They sure have improved, my word. I didn't take any pictures, sorry, but we both had chips, salsa and guac appetizer, then tacos. First of all, the chips didn't come from a bag, they were freshly made, hot and crisp. The salsa was just right and the guacamole was perfect. Then the tacos came out and they were also perfect. I ordered two crispy and one soft and if I closed my eyes I could see the beach in Southern California, it was just like the Mexican food I grew up with. 130 baht excellent margaritas, blended or mixed. I didn't try the different flavors but again, it took my back to the So Cal of my youth. I see some other foodies have visited recenlty. It's too bad the business doesn't take better food pictures for their FB and Google pages. The photos there don't do it justice. I've read they also opened a 3rd branch somewhere in town. Anyway, if you gave up on this place before, give it another go. There were lots of Chinese tourists there last night, coming all the way from China to Phuket to eat Mexican food? Why not when it's this good?More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 29 October 2023

Excellent Mexican food 5/5, unfortunately this restaurant is almost always crowded so you will have to wait for your order really long. If you want a faster service and you are OK with a bit less delicious food then you should go to their branch...at Chalong - there is much less people usually and thus much faster service, however the Chalong chefs' cooking is 4/5.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023

This venue is a great, covered outdoor area for meals. It was quite busy but we were lucky enough to get a table. The food was lovely with good size portions.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2023 via mobile

While the food at this Mexican restaurant is undeniably awesome and great, the service is unfortunately the worst I've experienced due to the lazy waiters. The dishes were delicious and authentic, with a great variety of flavors and seasonings. However, the waiters seemed uninterested in...providing good service, and were slow to take orders and bring out food. Despite the subpar service, the food is definitely worth trying if you're willing to be patient.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 8 January 2023 via mobile

Surprisingly good potato skins and chicken wings. Soft tacos are good. The menus need to be thrown away as they are old and tattered. New menus would do a world of good for this place. Bonus: friendly cats are part of the staff.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 12 July 2022 via mobile

It was Tuesday, so naturally I thought tacos. Drove 20 minutes from the west side of the island to the north side. Great shrimp tacos, excellent guacamole.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 July 2022

They recently added a baked oysters Rockefeller which is fantastic! The old standbys such as the hot fajitas are as awesome as ever. Like so many other restaurants after Covid there is a shortage of staff but the limited staff they have works really hard...and does a great job. I do have to report that the hamburgers used to be really good - it was actually two full patties which have been dramatically downsized obviously because of the recent huge inflation so I would skip that for now.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 July 2022

We recently moved to Phuket and some friends who had been here a while invited us for dinner at Sala Mexicali. We enjoyed our chips with three different types of dips (the mango one is the bomb). My wife and I shared the 2 chimichanga...plate and they were surprisingly good. We weren't sure how Tex-Mex food would be handled in Thailand but they did a great job. The entire meal was not too pricey, for four people coming in at about $33 USD. This place is not too far from our condo so I'm sure we'll be returning for some comfort food.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 May 2022 via mobile

We visited as a family and shared 1 starter and 3 mains. 2 shots of tequila and 5 Margaritas come in at 1600 THB - great value Food was perfect, ribs amazing and the drinks hit the spot. Highly recommend this place!!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 8 March 2022 via mobile

First things first, the food is very good here and we have visited the restaurant on numerous occasions over the years because of that. However, in November 2021 and during our most recent visit, the service has been disappointing. This is not due to a...lack of effort from the staff but effectively their is one waitress attempting to deal with the orders of the entire restaurant. One member of staff prepares drinks orders at the bar and another brings food out of the kitchen. The waitress is running around between all three and all the tables and then taking food orders into the kitchen. Understandably, as the restaurant fills up the service declines, time to get a drink, food and the bill are all extended. This is NOT the fault of the staff who desperately needs another waitress as support and a better ordering system. So come on Sali Mexicali, the restaurant, food and drink are all great but service and overall experience suffers because staff are run off their feet.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 3 March 2022 via mobile

DELICIOUS, everything is perfect there. The buffalo chicken is incredible, guacamole and fajitas are very tasty I cannot wait to go again.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 29 January 2022 via mobile

We have visited Sala Mexicali multiple times during our 1 month Thailand visit. The food is great, prices are not expensive and staff is friendly. We came here with a toddler and the staff gave her extra attention and were great in general. I highly...recommend if you want to eat some mexican food during your trip to ThailandMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 28 December 2021 via mobile

Saw it on Google Maps and decided to try it out. Definitely worth it! The food was great and the drink was a nice addition. Great vibe and nice spot.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 8 December 2021 via mobile

Incredible. We went here by Chance and we found the best Mexican food with a good service and great cocktails. 5 star restaurant!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 25 November 2021 via mobile

40 minutes to bring corn! And 50 minutes is not enough to bring mash potato. Wtf? Highly not recommend. And they forgot to bring beer

Date of visit: November 2021
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Sala Mexicali is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5