Climb above Billy’s Smokehouse for Mexican bites at ‘Santiaga’

Duck Enchilada, Taco de Carnitas, and Aguachile at Santiaga Mexican Cuisine. Photos: Santiaga Mexican Cuisine
Duck Enchilada, Taco de Carnitas, and Aguachile at Santiaga Mexican Cuisine. Photos: Santiaga Mexican Cuisine

Fans of La Monita and Billy’s Smokehouse know how passionate Billy Bautista is when it comes to his Mexican cooking. Now he’s joined with three other chefs — Mauriicio Rosales, Beto Garcia, and Arturo Villegas — to create the omakase-style Santiaga Mexican Cuisine.

Situated atop Billy’s Smokehouse, Santiaga offers flavor-packed dishes from popular and lesser known Mexican regions woven into an epic culinary narrative. If you’re new to the cuisine, fear not, as Bautista, along with his fellow chefs, take turns guiding diners through each dish in a Ted Talk-like presentation. Kasama “Ao” Laopanich also grows her own chilies, vegetables, and nopales for the cooking here. 

Don’t let the “omakase” label scare you. Just like La Monita, Santiaga serves Mexican specialties at affordable prices. On our last visit, Bautista introduced us to his grandmother’s Sopa Oferia (THB175), a tub of chicken and fava beans holding a bath of crunchy cactus and chayote complete with chicken hearts and gizzards. 

The Santiaga grilled salad (THB220) features etote (charcoal grilled Mexican corn), grilled baby cos lettuce, rocket, and tomato topped with a tangy tepache reduction dressing; the sharable guacamole (THB350) arrives with deep-fried Tlayuda chips. 

The crunchy corn-dough gordita (THB220) is packed with porky deliciousness from chicharron prensado and cured pork and a generous stuffing of cheese. 

Gordita (THB220)

For those who love La Monita, it’s normal that your expectations are high — and they will likely be exceeded. The formidable corn tortillas are made fresh from scratch and cooked in the clay comal — arguably the only Mexican place in Bangkok that uses one. The lengua beef tongue (THB320) just melts in your mouth.

Been tongue taco (THB320)

Perhaps our favorite was Duck Enchilada (THB350), an aromatic braised duck coated with creamy enchilada sauce atop corn tortillas — a full-on guilty pleasure that makes you wish you could forget the calorie counting.

For non-meat eaters, Santiaga has Manchamanteles Veg (THB290), a rich mole served with French green beans and charcoal-roasted pumpkin. 

Duck Enchilada (THB350)

Dubbed Mexican 101, their omakase options start at THB1,800 for 8 courses and THB2,300 for 10-course dining menus.

As of now, Santiaga is still in its soft opening and accepts guests via reservation only. The restaurant is located on the second floor upstairs from Billy’s Smokehouse off Phloen Chit Road.



Manchamanteles Veg (THB290)
Aguachile (giant Pacific octopus, botan shrimp, and Hokkaido scallops)
Taco de Carnitas

FIND IT:

Santiaga
Opens 11am-10pm, Tuesday through Sunday (a la carte), evening (full course meal and reservations only)
2nd floor of Billy’s Smokehouse, Phloen Chit Road
02-651-4399 

This story originally appeared in BK.

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