We have a lot of things in common with the Mexicans, from history, to language, to culture. We even have the same great taste in food! Cheesy nachos, big burrito wraps, and crunchy tacos can make any Filipino happy on any day because we get the same kind of comfort from them as we do from our own local fare.
So the next time you find your tummy grumbling, here’s a list of the top Mexican restaurants around Metro Manila.
10. Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar
If you like your Mexican dishes spicy and your Margarita strong, Chihuahua has got you covered. In this cool, casual diner, you can come to get your fill of comfort food and alcohol with a kick and expect to leave a happier version of yourself.
Pick your poison from their wide selection of hot sauces lined up on their shelves to give your burritos and tacos a fiery boost. But if you find your tongue burning, put out the fire with a glass of their classic margarita. Just be warned that it packs a punch too!
On Tuesdays, get their tacos for half the price. Watch out for happy hour to (5 to 7 PM every day) get two margaritas for every single order.
Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar can be found on the G/F of Greenbelt 2, Paseo de Roxas St. cor. Esperanza St., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila.
9. Hermanos Taco Shop
If we were to judge by looks alone, it may seem that this nondescript taco shop has got nothing going for it. But don’t let its lackluster facade and underwhelming interiors turn you off, because Hermanos’ owners are skilled in whipping up authentic Mexican dishes in their tiny kitchen. After all, who needs to be in a posh restaurant when you’re just going to get messy with tacos anyway, right?
Eating a Rolled Taco at Hermanos is like biting into a crunchy barquillo, but instead of air, you get tender beef, pico de gallo, lettuce, and cheese. It’s a favorite among customers and should not be missed if you’ve come for a meal. You also can’t go wrong with their Chimichanga, a deep-fried sirloin steak burrito, and their Carne Asada Tacos stuffed with marinated broiled sirloin steak. Wash your food down the Mexican way with a glass of their Horchata!
Hermanos Taco Shop can be found at 27 Granada St. cor. Jose O. Vera St., Quezon City, Metro Manila.
8. Taco Bell
In 2004, we went crazy over Taco Bell when it first set up shop in the country. A household name in the US, we were thrilled to finally have easy access to the famous tacos and burritos we’ve been hearing so much about. Fast forward 11 years and two more branches later, this fast food chain is still the quick fix to our naggy cravings for Mexican food.
Watching a movie at Trinoma or Gateway is made so much better if you have a big bag of Taco Bell takeout with you. Sneaking in bites of the ooey gooey Cheese Quesadilla, the fun-to-eat Crunchy Taco, or the filling Beef Burrito Supreme in between scenes is always a treat. If you’re dining in, be sure to take advantage of the unlimited refill on drinks!
Taco Bell can be found on the 2/F of TriNoma, EDSA cor. North Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila.
7. Burrito Brothers
You can’t say you’ve had a proper Marikina food trip if you haven’t checked Burrito Brothers off your list yet. It would be fitting to describe this Mexican restaurant along Lilac street as small, but you can’t say the same about its portion sizes. Without having to strip your wallet of a lot of cash, you get large servings of Mexican food that would make you wish you had saved more space in your stomach.
Order up a Nacho Grande, loaded with beef, salsa, cheese sauce, sour cream, and jalapenos to start off your Mexican feast at Burrito Brothers. Their menu isn’t lying when it says it’s got everything on it at just ₱129. For the main event, get yourself a Super Taco, an oversized tortilla wrap stuffed with refried beans, beef, and vegetables. It’s a sight to behold in all its gigantic glory!
Burrito Brothers can be found at 69 Lilac St., Lilac, Marikina, Metro Manila.
6. Orale! Taqueria Mexicana
A visit to Orale is probably the closest we’ll get to dining at a Mexican’s house without having to take a grueling plane ride across the world. Here, ingredients are made from scratch, giving our taste buds a feel of homemade Mexican fare. Immediately taste the difference when you sample their thick and hearty tortillas and flavorful salsa dips as an appetizer.
For looloo reviewers, Orale’s Carne Asada and Barbacoa Burritos are the clear winners, best ordered in grande size if you can’t get enough of Mexican comfort food. They are served to you plump, with the tortilla wrap fitting snugly around the generous stuffings of rice and succulent meat. The Nachos, as well as the Pollo Asado and Camarones Quesadillas, are also a hit with the customers here.
Orale! Taqueria Mexicana can be found on the G/F of The Fort Strip, Katipunan Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.
Mexican food may not exactly be the healthiest cuisine in the world, especially for those who are trying to keep an eye on their weight. But there’s one restaurant that’s found a way to work around this issue. FaBurrito’s healthy Mexican creations are made with all-natural ingredients sans the evils of sugar, MSG, and preservatives. This way, you don’t end up with a protruding gut or a guilty conscience after a meal.
In here, you get to DIY your Mexican meal. Choose between a burrito, salad, taco, or rice bowl as the base of your dish then pick your meat, salsa, toppings, and sauce. Pair their bestselling Mango BBQ Chicken or Cajun Beef with healthy ingredients like whole wheat tortillas, black beans, brown rice, veggie chips, and cucumber yogurt for a satisfying but totally regret-free feast.
FaBurrito can be found on the 1/F of The Columns Tower 2, Gil Puyat Ave. cor. Ayala Ave., Makati, Metro Manila.
4. B&T Mexican Kitchen
B&T is short for burritos and tacos but it might as well stand for big and tasty! Be sure to bring along your huge appetite (and your hungry friends as well) when you visit this Mexican restaurant because servings here are definitely meant for the ravenous. But they certainly have not sacrificed quality for quantity because their flavors are on point too. In a nutshell, B&T has everything you’ll need to cure yearnings for hearty and delicious Mexican food.
With a huge chalkboard filled with all the possibilities you can eat, settling on an order might get tricky. But trust looloo reviewers when they say there are no wrong decisions here. Everything, from their Ballpark Nachos, to their Wet Burritos, to their Quesadillas, will make the Mexicans proud. Even their “mexicanized” burgers and wings are being raved about!
B&T Mexican Kitchen can be found on the G/F of Sekai Center, 368 Ortigas Ave. cor. Madison St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.
We’re all familiar with the Tex-Mex cuisine, but Madeca went ahead and introduced us to Fil-Mex food in 2012. And it was about time someone did because incorporating Filipino elements into well-known Mexican dishes is an idea our taste buds will forever be thankful for. At Madeca, you get the best of both worlds at prices that won’t make you feel sorry for your wallet.
With creations like Sisig Burritos, Salpicao Tacos, and Lechon Kawali Mexikanin, you re-experience all the flavors and textures you’re familiar with in a different light, as you’re surprised with hints of Mexican chilies and spices. The Sisig Taco seems to be the favorite order here, the crunchy fried pork, crisp vegetables, sour cream, and salsa said to complement one another too well.
Madeca can be found on the 5/F of The Podium, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.
2. El Chupacabra
The genius creator of El Chupacabra (who is the same man behind Señor Pollo’s success) must be some kind of an expert on Mexican food and culture because we seem to really love his restaurant concepts. From the interiors, to the music, to the food, El Chupacabra will make you feel like you’re living it up at the very streets of Mexico. This might also be the only place in Makati where we wouldn’t mind sitting at the tables outside, all for the authentic street food experience.
From this Mexican cantina, you get what looloo reviewers call the best street tacos in the Metro. Don’t miss out on the popular Chorizo con Papas Taco, stuffed with flavorful, homemade chorizo and hearty potatoes, or the bestselling Carne Asada for a mouthful of perfectly grilled steak. Their meals are best paired with beer, which fortunately, you can get for cheap here.
El Chupacabra can be found on the G/F of JVR Bldg., 5782 Felipe St., Bel-Air, Makati, Metro Manila.
1. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina
It’s that one restaurant along Kapitolyo that always has a line. This may be bad news for people who want instant gratification, but those who do stick around are rewarded with Mexican food that more than makes up for the long waiting time. It’s been around for a while but it has remained consistent with its great-tasting food and generous portions, earning itself the “All-Time Best Mexican Restaurant” on looloo.
A Silantro meal wouldn’t be complete without an order of their ever-so-popular crunchy, cheesy, and meaty Beef Nachos. Reserve a lot of space on your table though because you’re also going to want to try their quesadillas, soft and hard shell tacos, short ribs, and burritos. Order to your stomach’s content because prices here are wallet-friendly too!
Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina can be found at 75 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig, Metro Manila.
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