We may think we’ve got the Latin American cuisine all figured out. They just eat a ton of burritos and quesadillas, right?! Wrong. Most of us are totally unaware that there’s so much more to the Latin fare than just popular Mexican dishes.
If you want to find out exactly what you’ve been missing out on, there’s a Latin-inspired restaurant in Solaire where you get to taste flavors you probably never even knew existed. If you’re worried about things getting too spicy, don’t worry. They go easy on Filipino taste buds!
Dig into Waterside’s bestsellers: Croquetas, ceviches, tacos, and Peruvian chicken
Latin Americans can be pretty heavy handed with their chili, but at Waterside, they create more soft and subtle spicy flavors that aren’t intimidating to Filipinos. Though if you do prefer your food to come at you with a lot of heat, they’ll be more than happy to bring out the habaneros and the jalapenos!
While they do tone down the spiciness of their food, Waterside sticks to authentic Latin American cooking methods. They try to make everything from scratch, using only the best quality produce they can find, even if it means importing ingredients like avocados, rice, paprika, and tomatoes from the other side of the world.
To ease yourself into the Waterside experience, you can start off with their most popular tapas. The Stuffed Baby Squid is simultaneously crispy and tender, revealing its soft and rich filling when bitten into. Stuffed with chorizo, bread crumbs, arugula, and goat cheese, it fills the mouth with a deliciously smoky flavor.
Another appetizer you can whet the palate with is the Croquetas. Within these fried, golden capsules, you’ll find a center made of manchego cheese and Iberico ham. This one’s a wonderful balance of flavors of textures in the mouth–you get some crispy and creamy in there as well as some nutty and salty.
If you’re ready to move onto the mains, there are a couple of tacos on the menu that you can’t pass up on. The Ancho Spiced Pulled Chicken Taco gives you juicy, fleshy pieces of chicken flavored with ancho, a South American chili that’s a little sweet and doesn’t pack on too much heat. You’ve got cilantro slaw and avocado cream on there too for some added freshness.
Then there’s the Chipotle Pulled Pork Taco, a dish that proves just how much work goes into Latin food. To make the pulled pork, they smoke the meat for eight hours (which explains why it’s incredibly soft!) and then they pull it apart with their hands. As for the process of smoking the chili that flavors the pork, it takes up two whole days!
For some little bites of freshness you can sneak in throughout the meal, make sure you’ve got ceviche on your table. The Kingfish Ceviche, made with coconut milk, calamansi, ginger, and chili, bursts with refreshing citrusy flavors while the Lapu Lapu Ceviche, which sits in tamarind vinegar, will wake your senses up with its spicy kick!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete Latin American feast without Waterside’s main star: their Peruvian Chicken! It may seem like a straightforward entree but it actually takes a few days to make. They brine the whole chicken in water, sugar, and salt, then they make a special Peruvian rub by combining cumin, Spanish paprika, lemon juice, and white wine. The chicken is marinated in the rub for two days and is finally cooked in the rotisserie for an hour. The tedious process yields extremely soft, juicy, and flavorful chicken so it looks like all the effort is worth it!
If you don’t want the eating to stop there, why not treat yourself to some steak too? You get to pick from premium cuts like rib eye, sirloin, striploin, and tomahawk (this one’s a heavyweight at 1.3 to 1.5 kg!) as well as different rubs like the classic salt and pepper, mixed pepper, or cajun. It’s also up to you what kind of beef you’d like for your steak–they have US beef (lots of marbling but firmer) and Australian beef (less marbling but softer).
For drinks, you could try sipping on the Solaire Iced Tea, topped off with a refreshing scoop of calamansi sorbet. Or if you’re in the mood for something fun, order up their Red or White Sangria!
A sophisticated resto & bar for all celebrations
Whether you’re taking a business partner out for dinner, or you’ve got a date to impress, or you want to celebrate your mom’s birthday, the warm, classy ambiance at Waterside makes it the perfect venue for any occasion.
It doesn’t hurt either that as you’re enjoying your meal, you get to feast your eyes on Manila Bay’s beautiful sunset!
Aseana Ave., Entertainment City, Parañaque, Metro Manila
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