Posada del Sol is a teeny-tiny authentic Mexican restaurant/izakaya just a 4-min walk from Kumegawa train station in the western suburbs of Tokyo.
Dinner Hours: 17:30-23:00, closed Wednesday
Lunch hours: 11:30-15:30, Friday-Sunday only
Finally. After 23 years of living in Tokyo, I have found an authentic Mexican restaurant with actual Mexican chefs!
I mean, not like I was on the hunt for the entire 23 years. Living on base, I have access to things like Chili’s or Taco Bell — i.e. not real Mexican food.
I had tried “Mexican food” in Japan at various times… but something was always off. It was Japan-ized Mexican food. Which is fine. I get it. They need to sell to the locale.
A quick note: I know you may be asking why am I pointing out a Mexican restaurant in Japan. Maybe for tourists, it’s not something you want, but expats may be interested.
But finally… a Mexican restaurant that literally asked me the moment I walked in “where you are from?”
They asked because they wanted to gauge what I knew of authentic Mexican food. Admittedly, it isn’t much.
Growing up an Iowa boy, I remember one Mexican restaurant where I’d always buy beef and chicken tacos from. They’d be wrapped in foil and just ooze grease. It was delicious!
This isn’t that. It’s a quality Mexican restaurant experience.
Although, I would lump it in with izakaya too. It has that sort of night time-y feel, as a local bar might.
If you don’t know what an izakaya is, check out my complete guide “What Is An Izakaya? Ultimate Guide To An Incredible Experience.”
While it is open for lunch, the evening hours lend itself well to grabbing a fantastic dinner paired with some of your favorite import Mexican beer (and yes, Corona is included in that list).
“My wife and I have eaten at Posada del Sol a handful of times over the past couple of years. We have also found the owner to be very engaging with English speakers and particularly Mexican food aficionados. A couple of the must-tries are the chorizo nachos and Camarones a la Diabla. But everything we’ve tried has been great. Plus, he makes an excellent Margarita.” –Kevin (from Facebook)
The atmosphere of the place is fun. It’s super clean, well maintained, and loaded with Mexican decor.
It’s hard to see in this photo, but the seats are very sturdy, and they have some sort of traditional looking mask design. They’re very comfortable and it’s a nice change of pace not worrying about smashing a chair.
I’m a heavier person and so many restaurants in Japan I have to skip on because the seating is tiny, weak, and would just cause more problems than its worth.
While the fajitas were good, I think other items on the menu were much better. They felt almost too “homemade” like? As if maybe, by chance, I could somehow craft it at home myself?
I doubt I could, but while tasty, the others were more impressive.
But if fajitas are your thing, you’ll enjoy these. The tortillas are perfect.
The Guac & Sauces
The guac was fantastic. It was light, flavorful, and never seemed to bore my tongue. I kept coming back to it throughout the meal.
The sauces were excellent too. Surprisingly, the habanero sauce was my favorite. It wasn’t as spicy as I imagined it would be — yet had just enough punch.
“I think it was delicious! I’m not Mexican but have visited Mexico multiple times (I love Mexican food). Posada del Sol is great! As you said authentic flavor, yes, I agree as well. […] My brother in law who is an authentic Mexican guy from Mexico said the same, he loves to go there when he comes and visit us in Japan!! My favorite is the menudo 🎉🎉” — Alexandra (from Facebook)
These were quite good. If I had to find fault, I’d say maybe the chicken inside wasn’t as spiced/flavored as I thought it would be.
But they were perfectly crispy and overall I would definitely order again.
The Platano con Crema
I honestly can’t say too much about this. I’ve never had this before and can’t compare it with anything else.
The banana was slightly frozen — which was fantastic because it was a great way to cool off after dinner. It hit the spot.
The creamy, cinnamon-ey banana flavor was great.
Is Posada del Sol English Friendly?
Mostly yes and a little no. Yes in that the staff speaks English (actually they speak Spanish, English, and Japanese).
The menus could be a little better. There are no photos and no English. It is Spanish and Japanese — so some items are easy, like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos.
But if you don’t know what some things are you’ll have to research it with your phone — or ask, since they do speak English.
Is it Group Friendly?
Kind of. If you and a few of your friends want to go it’ll be fine.
If you want a big group of like 15+ you probably won’t fit. It’s a tiny shop. I’d estimate seating for maybe 20.
But the tables are movable and the seats are wide, soft, and very sturdy.
How Much Does Posada del Sol Cost?
It’s not cheap and it’s not expensive, but you could end up spending a lot.
Most items on the menu are around ¥800-¥900, with some jumping up to ¥1,500-¥2,000.
The real catch is the serving sizes are relatively small. So you’ll end up ordering more to fill up. Or if you’re like my wife and I — you’ll order a lot to sample everything.
I’d say expect to spend between ¥2000 and ¥3000 per person.
You also need to take into account parking or train fare. If you drive here the paid parking lots nearby are cheap — after 8 o’clock one hour will cost you ¥100.