6 Tacos In Manila That Are Worth Ruining Your Diet For

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Latin American cuisine is (quite literally) a sizzling hot food trend these days, fueled by the booming success of none other than the humble… taco.

We’re more or less used to the hard-shelled variety popularized by like Taco Bell and, well, school cafeterias. However, it’s a lesser-known fact that the original Mexican tacos were meats and vegetables wrapped in soft corn or wheat tortillas… definitely not the stuff we buy boxed at the supermarket.

What we DO know, is that the versatility of the taco (it’s basically any kind of meat wrapped in a tortilla… how can you go wrong?) means that it’s been recreated and reinterpreted in all sorts of ways… many of them not what most would call “diet-friendly.” Still, that hasn’t stopped looloo users from going loco for tacos in Manila, and we picked out some of the most popular ones from their reviews!

Bone Marrow and Steak Tacos (₱485)from Cue Modern BBQ
BGC Central, Taguig

Bone Marrow and Steak Tacos from Cue Modern BBQ

Photo from Carlina Joyce L’s review for Cue Modern BBQ

If calories and cholesterol levels ain’t no thang, you might as well go big or go home with this best-seller from Cue Modern BBQ. Take some perfectly-cooked steak bits, paired with so-bad-but-oh-so-good bone marrow, and you’re in for a flour tortilla-wrapped piece of “putok-batok” heaven. It’s served with sweet and spicy salsa verde and roasted corn salsa, but don’t overdo it… let the meat speak for itself!

Belly Good Sisig Tacos (₱280)from Tipsy Pig
Capitol Commons, Pasig

Belly Good Sisig Tacos from Tipsy Pig

Photo from Gretch L’s review for Tipsy Pig

For a Filipinized version of the Mexican staple, sisig is an obvious choice of filling. When you’ve got the soft tortillas acting as a sponge for the oils and juices seeping out of a fresh batch of the Pinoy pulutan favorite, it’s a delicious handheld heart attack just waiting to be consumed. Tipsy Pig’s version comes with a soy garlic sauce that makes this dish, as one reviewer put it, “one of the best Fil-Mex fusion dishes I’ve tasted.”

Asada Steak Tacos with Pear Salsa (₱320)from Todd English Food Hall
SM Aura, BGC, Taguig

While it teeters a little bit on the dainty side with its fancier plating and Todd English Food Hall’s more upscale ambience, the flavors on this one are fresh, savory, and robust all at once. You don’t see a beef and fruit pairing very often, but leave it to the guys behind Todd English’s signature restaurant to make it work. For a lighter option, try beer-battered fish tacos served with guacamole, another reviewer favorite!

Lechon Kawali Tacos(₱185)from Madeca
The Podium Mall, Mandaluyong

Lechon Kawali Tacos at Madeca

Photo from Veanney V’s review for Madeca

Madeca is THE place to get your taco fix when strolling around the corridors of The Podium. They’ve got pork, chicken, and beef but the big standouts for reviewers are the sisig and lechon kawali soft tacos. Did you know they’ll even deliver your food to you while inside the cinema? At less than ₱200 per serving, it’s a worthwhile substitute to the typical hotdog sandwich or burger, that’s for sure. These things are so good, one reviewer just had to ask, “What sorcery is this??”

Sisig Tacos (₱95)from El Chupacabra
Bel Air, Makati

Sisig tacos from El Chupacabra

Photo from Alyssa V’s review for El Chupacabra

This hole-in-the-wall restaurant’s developed quite the following for night owls and insomniacs in the Makati area. They’re known for their street tacos, fitting, as the place’s chairs and tables literally overflow to the side of the road! They’ve got Carne Asada, Baja Fish, Chorizo, and a few others, but it’s their sisig tacos that reviewers claim are the perfect match for a cold bucket of San Mig.

Lucha Tacos (₱75/₱95/₱110)from Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina
Kapitolyo, Pasig

Lucha Tacos from Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

With 5 different options for meat fillings, there’s always something new to try.

Yup, for a lot less than what you’d pay for a fast food burger value meal, you can get a Lucha Taco at Silantro. Go for a either a Ligero (single), Medio (double), or Completo (triple!!!) choice of meat fillings — beef, chicken, lamb, ox tail, or even lengua! The place itself is simple and doesn’t seat very many people, but that hasn’t stopped Kapitolyo’s regulars and newcomers from getting in line for their fill of Fil-Mex goodness.

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EJ dela Vega

You'll find EJ rummaging through refrigerators for unlabeled leftovers, earning him the nickname, "The Finisher." He's got a knack for magic tricks too, his best one being the ability to make food on his plate (or anyone else's for that matter) disappear in the blink of an eye. Too damn cheap to be picky, he once ate several slices of pizza doused in Robitussin... just because he can.

  • James

    Angel’s Kitchen has really good fish tacos!