This tiny cafe does great Mexican food. It certainly isn't a vegetarian cafe but there are enough vegie choices to keep you going for quite a few visits. I haven't had an issue with getting the vegie dishes converted to vegan, which is a pleasant change. I adore condiments and they have plenty, all of which they do incredibly well.
All of the 5 appetizers are vegie. They make their own corn chips and they are thin and light. Really good. In addition to the usual suspects of nachos and tortilla chips with either salsa or guacamole they have mozzarella stuffed fried chiles and beer battered onions.
For mains, there are bean and vegie tacos and burritos. Potato burrito, tofu 'chorizo', 7 layer breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs. Sometimes they offer a tempeh burrito special which they grill rather than fry. All are great :)Desserts include cheesecake, chocolate mousse, apple pie and cookies.
Back to the condiments....... At dinner they offer complimentary pickled onion and jalapeños. Obviously spicy and I usually cut them up and add them to the meal. There are 3 homemade hot sauces (good n hot, hot and dang hot) all are very good. The real superstars are the salsas. When you order nachos all of the following are delivered on a separate plate: corn and bean, pico de gallo, pineapple and payapa, coriander / cilantro and a cheesy dip I haven't tried. When you order a burrito or a taco you will receive 3 of the above. Coupled with all of the hot sauces and the jalapeños, I'm in condiment heaven!
The owner is American, so I suppose he knows quite a bit about making authentic mexican food here in Bali. There is also a breakfast menu offering huevos rancheros, tacos, cornmeal pancakes, breakfast burritos etc. They also offer gluten free dining.
Located near the ever popular Bali deli, Taco Beach is easy to find. It only seats about 12 people, so it gets very busy during peak times. I'd book a table as we have seen many people having to wait. While is not a vegie cafe, the food is seriously good and makes for a great place to dine with any carnivores in your life.
There are a couple of things that do let it down. There are fans but it gets very hot in there. You could be sweating before adding any hot sauce. My partner can't go past the nachos. I can't go past the burritos. Unfortunately, the nachos only take a moment to prepare and they ALWAYS bring them out well before my meal. (20 minutes yesterday) Service during the day doesn't seem as good as at nightPros: Tasty and fresh, Homemade condiments, Adaptable to vegan requests
Cons: Very hot, Limited seating, Service levels can vary