"We believe that happier people make better food.
And the better the food, the happier we are."
- Vatos


VATOS Singapore was founded by Korean-Americans who shared a passion for introducing a distinctive dining experience inspired by the fusion of Mexican street tacos from Los Angeles and the comforting essence of homemade Korean dishes. This culinary fusion has resulted in creations such as Kimchi Carnitas Fries, Galbi Tacos, and Spicy Chicken Quesadillas.

After successfully establishing a presence in the Korean market, VATOS expanded its reach to Singapore. The first outlet, named Vatos Urban Tacos, opened in 2016 at South Beach, National Armoury Building, becoming the initial F&B establishment in the area. This intimate venue accommodates up to 80 guests indoors and an additional 70 diners for outdoor seating.

In October 2023, Vatos Urban Kitchen welcomed guests in the heart of the Central Business District, located on the ground level of City House. Upon entering Vatos Urban Kitchen, you’ll encounter a cozy, softly lit ambiance complemented by vibrant Mexican skull murals. Our aim is to immerse you in Mexican fusion with Korean cuisine, delivering the ultimate ‘ko-mex’ experience in Singapore. Naturally, we offer an extensive range of beverages to complement your meal, ensuring you can EAT, DRINK & CHILL with Vatos, whether at South Beach or City House, all day, every day.


how our Komex journey began

The Team

how our Komex journey began
Sid Kim
Co-Founder & CEO
Sid’s first job at the age of 14 was at a Mexican restaurant in Ventura, California, so it’s fitting that he has come back full circle to the Mexican food scene. Born in Korea and raised in sunny Southern California, Sid brings more than 22 years of business know-how and over 15 years of food and beverage experience to Vatos. As one of the founders of Vatos, Sid has helped successfully opened 11 restaurants in three different countries and is currently working on the fourth. In 2015, Sid moved to Singapore to open the Vatos Singapore outlet, and to embark on the global expansion of the brand. Through these experience, Sid has become an expert in all phases of F&B: concept development, menu development, new outlet execution, product sourcing, interior design, kitchen architecture, finance, marketing, and investor relations.
Liz Cho
CFO & Director of Operations
Before moving to Singapore to join the Vatos executive team, Liz was the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Liz’s career in the entertainment industry spans 16 years, which include stints at NBC Universal and Dreamworks Animation, as well as, Warner Bros. With her expertise in budgeting, financial planning, cash forecasting, business planning, and systems analysis, Liz brings invaluable experience to the growth and financial stability of Vatos International. Liz competed her undergraduate degree at Smith College and received her MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business. Liz currently wears many hats for Vatos International as she handles all areas of operations, finances, and human resources.