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Sunrise Tacos has its fingers in a lot of pies
Published: 31/12/2011 at 03:00 AM
Newspaper section: Life
There’s a lot going on at Sunrise Tacos Mexican Grill these days, and it’s not just all about American-Mexican cuisine either.
During this holiday season, the restaurant will be donating 20% of their proceeds of all fresh homemade pie sales through 31 December to aid victims of the biggest floods Thailand has seen for 50 years.
“We at Sunrise Tacos want to give back to the community during this festive season,” says restaurateur Greg Lange, the owner of Sunrise Tacos. “So many of us have it really good but there are many others who have been struggling as a result of the flood. We just want to try to do what we can to make their lives a little easier and happier.”
Sunrise Tacos’ famous homemade pies come in apple, pumpkin, cherry, pecan, and key lime. And they’re delicious! So far, the company has managed to raise over THB 25,000 for flood victims. Pies are available at all Sunrise Tacos locations and many of the Villa Market supermarkets in central Bangkok.
Recently, Sunrise Taco’s first outlet, located at New York Gardens between Sukhumvit Soi 12 and Soi 14, has been enjoying huge success due to its new outdoor seating area. It’s a great place to chill out, eat American-Mexican food and pie, and watch NFL (American football), NBA, NHL, and American college football and basketball games on six, large flat screen TVs.
It will also be one of the few places to watch the NFL playoffs in Bangkok and will be showing many NBA games. Lange is a big Miami Heat fan, so expect many Heat games to be shown whenever Miami plays!
Sunrise is also always running a lot of great promotions. One of its best is All-You-Can Tacos and Pie, with very low-priced drinks, for THB220 on Taco Tuesday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Some of the restaurant’s most popular menu items are USA Cowboy Tacos, Famous Original Chicken Fajitas, Grande Nachos Supreme, Ranchiladas Enchiladas, margaritas, and frosty drinks. Its hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries are also “off the hook”.
Sunrise Tacos has five locations in Bangkok, including New York Gardens, Terminal 21 (4th floor), The Emporium (5th floor), Siam Paragon (ground floor), and CentralWorld (7th floor). They also have an outlet near Jomtien Beach in Pattaya.
The restaurant at New York Gardens is open 24 hours. The crew is super friendly and the outdoor seating area is very engaging. It’s a great place to get a meal, meet friends, watch TV, work on your laptop (free Wi-Fi), or enjoy THB 59 coffee with free refills anytime of the day or night.
On this culinary occasion it was to Jomtien for another voyage of dining discovery and a visit to the Jomtien Complex where a brand new Mexican restaurant opened its doors at the beginning of December. It is called Sunrise Tacos Mexican Grill and is the first branch to open outside of Bangkok, where there are 5 outlets. Located on Thappraya Road at the archway entrance to the Complex, Sunrise Tacos is indeed spanking new, even smelling fresh amidst the mix of inviting aromas wafting from the kitchen. Decorated in a traditional no frills, ultra clean, American diner style, Managing Director Gil Brown presents a range of authentic Mexican style dishes and drinks using the freshest quality ingredients to capture the flavours of Mexico. Indeed, many items such as Corn Tortillas,
Tacos, Tortilla Chips, Salsa and Guacamole are all created fresh every day in the kitchen.
Starters range from 49 baht for homemade Chips and Salsa, 120 baht for 6 crispy Chicken Wings, 135 baht for Nachos to 245 baht for Chips and 7 Layered Dip. Mixed Salad at120 baht to 195 baht for a Grande Nachos Supreme, a mountain of Corn Tortilla Chips grilled Chicken, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheeses, Black Beans, Cilantro, Jalapenos, Onion, Pico de Gallo and Sour Cream. A meal in itself! Soups are available such as Chicken (or Vegetarian) Tortilla at 90 baht a cup! Tacos start at 155 baht for 2 Grilled Chicken or Sirloin Steak Taco shells served with Mexican Rice, Refried Beans and Salad to 220 baht for Cowboy Tacos, 3 shells stuffed with ground Sirloin Beef, Cheese and Salsa. There is also a Baja style Fish Taco plate at 230 baht for 3 shells filled with Beer Battered Fried Red Snapper. Quesadillas in the form of 13 inch homemade Tortilla packed with delicious fillings such as Al Pastor with Roast Pork at 190 baht and Grilled Chicken at 210 baht. Another Mexican delight is Enchiladas from 220 baht for Ranchiladas (with Beef) to Suizas with slow cooked pulled Chicken at 245 baht.
A popular Mexican dish is Fajitas (245 to 295 baht) with grilled meat sent sizzling to the table with Onions and Peppers and served with soft Tortillas to mix with Mexican Rice, Refried Beans, Pico de Gallo (chopped Tomato, Onion and Chili), Sour Cream, Cheese and Lettuce to make a tasty Tortilla wrap sandwich. It wouldn’t be a Mexican restaurant if there were no Burritos available, and here one can get Burritos filled with classic grilled Chicken or Sirloin Beef or Veggies at 220 baht served with a choice of Mexican Rice and Beans or Tortilla Chips. Additions such as Cheese, Sour Cream (25 baht) or Guacamole (95 baht) are extra.
Try one of the Margaritas from 135 baht a glass or 495 baht for a giant signature glass (to keep). Unusual drinks such as Horchata being Cinnamon Rice Milk and Tamarindo made from Tamarind pods (both 69 baht).
On Tuesday and Friday from 2pm to 7pm there is an All You Can Eat Tacos and Pie dessert promotion at 220 baht. Also served every day are Breakfasts including the Ponderosa Breakfast Burrito at 220 baht.
Mike Kingpayom confirmed what Sunrise Tacos fans already knew: Sunrise Tacos Grilled Chicken Quesadillas are fantastic!
Thai movie super star Mike Kingpayom was interviewed recently and was asked “What is your favorite restaurant?” His response was “Sunrise Tacos at the Siam Paragon.” On March 27th 2008, Channel 3 TV station filmed our head Chef Neung preparing Mexican food consisting of Grilled Chicken Quesadillas and Nachos, and afterwards they presented us with an award confirming Mike’s accolades. Channel 3 TV station in Bangkok was kind enough to share Mike’s experience with their audience, who got to see why Mike loves Sunrise Tacos so much. Thanks Mike, and we hope to see your sister and you at Sunrise Tacos again soon.
Rise and Shine
Sunrise Tacos Mexican.
236/3-4 Sukhumvit Rd., between Soi 12 and Soi 14. 02-229-4851
Bangkok’s best “Mexican” food. Styled after taco/burrito bars in the US, the menu features several kinds of grilled and stewed meats (and even grilled vegetables) with a variety of delivery methods: small tortilla (tacos), large tortilla with beans (burrito), no tortilla (salad) and so on. We’d prefer a little more spice and, some days, a lot less salt (consistency is problem), but in general the meats are terrific and taste pretty darn authentic. When we’re in the mood for hearty chew we go for carne asada, chunks of grilled beef; otherwise our top pick is carnitas, juicy pork cooked “for hours” until it’s tender. It’s nice to have choices, and we appreciate the choice of either red or black beans; cheese or sour cream; and one of four salsas, which include a fresh tomato salsa, more sauce-like salsas and another, for all you sweet tooth’s, made with ripe mango. Burritos seem to be the most popular item (B109-134). They’re convenient, and one is enough for a meal for most people; otherwise an extra B69 buys you a half-kilo monster with double the fillings. But don’t visit Sunrise without trying their tacos (B39-49). Skip the flour tortilla and opt for either a soft or crunchy corn tortilla, both of which are made explode with the first bite-but unique to Bangkok and huge step above the pre-made kind (especially the imported hard-shell tacos that come in the a box). Another specialty of the house are the margaritas, which are made with real lime juice and either fresh or frozen fruit, such as blueberries. You won’t feel the tequila in just one glass (B79-99), but a one-liter pitcher or plastic yard (that’s yours to keep) will get you there (B399-499). Finally, the best thing about Sunrise Tacos may be the fact that it’s open 24 hours a day, making it a perfect late-night stop for nightcrawlers on the way home or really any time you have the munchies. Breakfast burrito, anyone? Open daily 24 hours.
This is from the Bangkok Post Magazine Celebrating the 100th Issue
“Keeping the 100 theme in mind, The magazine decided to pay tribute to Bangkok, devising our own list of the 100 things we believe make the city the great place it is. Mixing age-old customs, with modern pastimes, hip hotels with ancient monuments and fine dining with street-side eateries, we’ve tried to get to the heart of the city. We’ve included everything from Bangkok’s iconic tuk-tuk, to buying a yellow T-shirt, giving alms at the temple, to enjoying the legendary service of The Oriental. More than a simple “best of” guide, this is an ode to the city; a reminder of what a unique place Bangkok is. We hope we’ve captured some of your favourites, but also a few surprises – a landmark you forget was there, a custom you haven’t practised since childhood, or an unfamiliar sight or sound from this diverse metropolis.”
Number 49 “Sunrise Tacos”
“A Place to Call Your Own”
” An Italian imports a massive brick-oven furnace to bake pizzas in and a Texan spends hours perfecting smoked ribs. Bangkok has become home to expats with dreams of opening a restaurant and the city’s denizens reap the benefits. It is fair to say that the city has some of Asia’s best international restaurants and the latest surprising twist is a Mexican invasion. Asoke’s Sunrise Tacos is filling one of the last gaps in the capital’s proverbial stomach. With its fresh design-your-own tacos and burritos, cheap margaritas and 24-hour service, Sunrise Tacos has shown that you never know what to expect from the booming dining scene.”
Paragraph from BK MAGAZINE Friday, November 23, 2007
For something more exotic, Sunrise Tacos (236/3-4, Sukhumvit Rd., between Soi.12 and 14, 02-229-4851. Open 24/7) has tasty tacos (duh) and Tex-Mex to take home or eat one of their seven stools facing a parking lot–a real Nighthawks (the famous painting by Edward Hopper) moment. Sunrise Tacos is still better than fast food (the guacamole is made from fresh avocado).
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C. Buddha’s Hasty Musings
finally found the time to visit Sunrise tacos. It looks they are in the middle of moving to a bigger location just across the parking lot from their original location, or maybe they will keep both spots open, I didn’t ask. They were making the food at (what seemed to be) the original location and bringing it over to the new one to be served.
My quick verdict is that it wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but it WAS the best I’ve had in Thailand so far. Mind you, it wasn’t up against very stiff competition.
If I sound a bit disappointed, it’s because I firmly believe I did not order the right things – I went overboard in my typical before-gorging fashion and ordered the works for everything, including a huge burrito “fajita-style,” which substituted grilled onions and bell peppers for beans. Oops… That broke my golden burrito rule: A burrito is not a fajita. So that was my bad.
Sunrise seems to have just introduced enchiladas, and I tried a plate of beef ones. I must explain here that I’m a firm believer in corn tortillas for enchiladas – it’s a texture thing, baby. The ones at Sunrise were made with flour tortillas, and the sauce needs a bit of work.
Surprisingly, the best thing I ordered at Sunrise were the tacos, even though I don’t like taco shells that much. The tacos came closest to tasting genuin-ish. The ingredients were fresh. The choice of salsa and hot sauces was an added bonus.
I will end here by stating my intentions to go back and try it again, hopefully soon.
PS – I met the owner, Greg, and he seemed nice. His staff was friendly, too. They all seemed to speak English. Most of the customers at the time were non-Thais.
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I can honestly say that it is the most authentic tasting Mex I’ve had in Thailand, not to mention the cheapest.
Jup Pintoh the lunch box of a food fanatic
The Sun Never Sets…
Sunday, August 12, 2007 2:23 am
…at Sunrise Taco! Yes, I know I’m corny. I also know that this Mexican taco/burrito bar has been receiving raving reviews ever since it opened its doors three months ago, and a second branch has already been established at Emporium. Pretty darn good, if you ask me. And that goes double for the food.
If you haven’t already seen Sunrise Taco’s website, you should check it out and tell me that just reading the introduction doesn’t make your mouth water and burn with curiosity of how fresh everything is. Everything here is freshly made, and they boast that their corn tortillas are made from 100% fresh ground corn.
Now, before you go and picture yourself in a fancy stuck-up Mexican restaurant, let me tell you that Sunrise Taco is a small but friendly place. When I pushed open the glass door into the humble shop, the first thing that hit me was the overwhelming smell of Mexican spices. It was enough to make me salivate as I scanned the overhead menu to take my pick.
Let me explain how things work at Sunrise Tacos, as first-time visitors may find it slightly confusing (and a bit intimidating, since the place is always packed with regular customers who seem to know what they’re doing). Behind a glass display, there is a little area where you can see your delicacies being prepared, and on top of this display case is a stack of order forms for customers to fill out to customize their tacos and burritos. First, you pick what type of shells you want for your gourmet tacos (crispy corn tortilla, soft corn tortilla and soft flour tortilla), and then there are a variety of fillings (chicken, ground beef, carnitas, carne asada, barbacoa beef, and grilled vegetables). Next, you pick the toppings (lettuce, onions, jalapeños) and your choice of salsa (Fresh Tomato Salsa, Sunrise Salsa, Mucho Mango Salsa, or John’s Red Hot Salsa). Finally, you can pick either cheddar cheese or sour cream as a final topping (if you want both, you pay 10 baht extra for each taco and 29 baht for each burrito). All the ingredients have been prepared beforehand in the back kitchen and are stored in little containers behind the glass display, so once the staff receives your order form, your food is prepared in a manner that is very similar to an assembly line. Once your food reaches the end of the assembly line, it is placed in a basket covered with thin paper.
Opposite the glass display and pushed up against the window, a counter that seats 7 people looks out into the parking lot and the outside dining area. Okay, I say “dining area” but what I really mean is there are 3 mini tables outside that can seat up to about 9 more patrons (if you don’t mind squishing).
I’m a big taco fan so I ordered three tacos. (Listed in order of consumption):
The first taco: crispy-shelled-carnitas-filled taco with mango salsa and cheese & sour cream toppings (59 baht). The crispy shell lived up to its name and was very crispy, and the carnitas (roasted pork simmered with spices and then pulled apart into strips) was very tender and moist. The mango salsa, with chunky bits of ripe mango, chopped red onions and a bit of cilantro, was sweet and tangy at the same time. As I took a bite, the crunchy tortilla broke and all the juicy flavors of salty smoky pork pieces, sweet soft mangoes, rich sour cream and cheese came seeping out. To sum it up in one word: amazing!
The second taco: crispy-shelled-barbacoa-beef taco with fresh tomato salsa, sour cream and cheese (59 baht). Like the carnitas, the barbacoa beef was so delicately soft that even a grandmother with dentures can probably chew through this. The beef had more hint of spices than the pork, and tasted like it was seasoned with cloves, although I can’t be certain. The Fresh Tomato Salsa contained chopped tomatoes, chopped onions and cilantro. It was refreshing, mildly spicy, and went great with the barbecued beef. (And in case you’re wondering, barbacoa is Spanish for barbecue.)
The third taco: soft-corn-tortilla-with-carne-asada taco topped with Sunrise Salsa, sour cream and cheese (59 baht). I’m more of a hard-shelled tortilla kind of girl but decided to give soft shell a go. The thin tortilla wasn’t that bad, although I’d rather stick to hard shells. It didn’t help that I ate this taco last, so the liquid from the meat and salsa made the tortilla soggy. The store gives a generous amount of filling and as I bit into the taco, the cubed steaks tumbled out with some of the toppings. Of the three fillings I had, I liked carne asada the least since it wasn’t as flavorful. My friend swears by it and everytime he goes to Sunrise Tacos, he would have carne asada, so I guess to each his/her own. If you like your tacos a bit spicy, you’ll love Sunrise Salsa. Consisting of puréed tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, chopped cilantro and spices, it adds that extra zing for a more adventurous experience. (Or you can try John’s Red Hot Salsa, which is said to “dodge bullets”. I still can’t muster up the guts to try this one!)
On my previous trip to Sunrise Tacos, I also tried the ground beef taco (49 baht with extra topping). It was too dry and beefy for my taste, so I’ll stick to the more gourmet fillings.
Besides tacos and burritos, Sunrise Tacos also has other menus such as quesadillas, nachos and salads. Jane had the Nachos Supreme (149 baht) and it came heaping with crispy tortilla chips, melted cheddar cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, salsa and filling (same choice as tacos/burritos). Basically, tacos on a huge plate minus the lettuce and onions. A bit on the pricey side although one serving is enough to fill up a little girl or a small person. (Jane couldn’t finish hers so…*ahem*…I had to help. It would be a sin to leave leftovers!)
On top of this, Sunrise Tacos brags about their frozen margaritas, which are made from “REAL tequila, REAL triple-sec and REAL fresh-squeezed limes”. I didn’t have a chance to try them yet, but for those non-alcoholic types, virgin margaritas are also available.
So now that our bellies are full and our eyes droopy, it’s time to pay. Payment is made at the cashier (duh!) where you give them your name and your bill will magically pop up. Okay, I’m kidding. I forgot to say that when you fill out your order form, you also have to put your name on top so they can hunt you down should you decide to make a run for it.
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Mexican Fast Food Emporium Food Hall
It has finally happened! Bangkok now has someone serving authentic Mexican food in a fast food setting. Greg Lange, an experienced restaurateur, has opened two Sunrise Tacos outlets. One is a small little place in the shopping center next to the Times Square Building at Sukhumvit Road and Soi 12, and the other has just opened in the Food Hall at the Emporium Shopping Centre. Both places feature inexpensive tacos, burritos and other Mexican favourites made according to instructions provided by the customer. The Sukhumvit Road outlet is open 24 hours and in addition to delicious Mexican eats features bargain priced margaritas (79 baht for 200ml/399 baht per litre) and beer (49 baht for Heineken, Singha, Kloster). The Emporium outlet is in the department store’s food hall so it has more seating and a larger selection of dishes, but sadly doesn’t have those delicious margaritas.
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Mexican fans must try the new 24hr Sunrise Tacos stall on Sukhumvit Road near the top of Soi 12 (in front of Leader Price). Besides burritos and tacos stuffed to order, they offer Margarita-by-the-Yard. Plan to order to go as the three tables out front are usually taken! 02-229-4851.
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Sunrise Tacos is a recently established authentic Mexican grill, that serves delicious burritos and tacos. There are a range of other mouthwatering Mexican delights on the reasonably priced menu. This long awaited Mexican haven is located on the left as you enter the Leader Price complex between Sukhumvit, Soi 12 and Soi 14. (This section of Sukhumvit Road is right next to the Times Square building). My American friends and other Mexican cuisine admirers, know how rare good Mexican food is in Thailand. Conveniently situated Sunrise Tacos has facilities to enjoy your meal on the premises, or if you prefer they will wrap they will wrap it to go. Sunrise Tacos is OPEN 24 HOURS.
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I never imagined that a fast food outlet could have taken Farangdom by storm quite the way Sunrise has. The brain child of the ever industrious Greg of Sunbelt fame, Sunrise is Thailand’s first, and only, Mexican fast food chain. Within days of opening the first branch near Sukhumvit Soi 12, this site and others were deluged with tremendously favourable feedback – and I have to confess I have nothing but good things to say. Watch this outlet closely because if the popularity continues you’ll see branches of Sunrise nationwide…and maybe even elsewhere in the region.
It’s all go at Sunrise Tacos where innovation seems to be something they strive for. They started offering pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving to which the feedback was positive and they have not stopped making pumpkin pies ever since. They then introduced apple pie a week ago and this has been a big hit as well. The apple pie is made fresh every afternoon with Granny Smith apples imported from Washington State in the USA and the pie crust is made from scratch. It’s 69 baht a slice or 499 baht for the whole 9 inch pie at the Sukhumvit Soi 12 location. They also now have premium coffee with imported Mexican Coffee Beans, a “bottomless” mug of premium coffee goes for a Starbucks smashing 59 baht. That’s got to be a perfect companion to go with their pies. For the Christmas Holidays till New Year’s Day, they will offer a sizzling turkey platter for 299 baht. A friend tried it at Thanksgiving time and was well impressed.
This brand-new taqueria dishes out Mexican grub 24/7, making it perfect for nightcrawlers with the munchies and insane early morning exercisers who like eating burritos for breakfast (like our boss).
Located next to Time Square in the small parking lot it shares with Leader Price, tailors and Indian and fast food pizza joints, Sunrise Tacos is a primarily a takeout place; there is a row of 5-6 stools at a counter facing outside, but it can get pretty cramped inside at lunch and dinner time. The secret is to call ahead or to take advantage of their delivery service.
While not much to look at, the food more than makes up for the lack of atmosphere. For one, they make their own corn tortillas from scratch. They’re a bit on the thick side, especially when they’re crisp, but they work nicely with Sunrise’s homemade guacamole dip (B99). It’s prepared from Australia avocados and tastes fresh and chunky.
For the main course, the menu includes tacos (B39-49) available with either soft corn tortilla, soft flour tortilla or crunchy corn tortillas; burritos and fajitas (B109-134); and salads (B149). There are six different fillings to choose from: chicken, carnitas (pork), shredded barbacoa beef, carne asada (beef steak) or seasoned ground beef. And if you’re really starving, B69 will double your burrito into a half-kilo monster.
Wash it all down with a “real” margarita: B59 for a virgin mango, pineapple, strawberry, lime, or Wake up Call (a mixture of orange, grape, lime juices and Redbull)—B79 with tequila (B99 for premium Pepe Lopez Gold tequila). Or, shell out B399 (B499 for premium tequila) for a 1-liter pitcher or plastic yard, which you get to keep.
Sunrise Tacos 236/3-4 Sukhumvit Rd., (between Soi.12 and 14), 02-299-4851
TIME FOR SOME TACOS
Don’t you know I’m loco?
FOR THIS WEEK’S RESTAURANT WRITE UP, we have decided to pull ourselves away from classy Italian eateries and sophisticated, dimly lit French hide aways in order to bring you something completely different. You see, for this week’s Dine Me we have hooked onto something new, something fresh and something quick. That something goes by the name of Sunrise Tacos, a brand spanking new food concept for Bangkok stomachs.
Sunrise Tacos, located snugly between Time Square building and the Korean Plaza on Sukhumvit Soi.12, is the latest in the current slew of ‘freshly prepared’ fast food. The thing that sets Sunrise Tacos apart from burgers, chicken wings and sub sandwiches is that, as the name suggests, it offers up Mexican delicacies. Burritos and tacos are the order of the day here, and with a vast array of fillings you’re sure to find something you like, know what I mean, esse?
You’ll find that