“S” for Silantro – Another Fil-Mex on the rise

SILANTRO Fil-Mex Cantina

The name of this restaurant is very intriguing even if from its’ name, we would know already that it is Mexican.

The only difference is that another term of coriander which is cilantro starts with a letter “C” and not with a letter “S”, so that made it intriguing. What would differentiate it from other Mexican joints?

And our search for a “To die for” nachos is obligatory. There are some amazing places we’ve spotted, still, we yearn to be satiated by something new.

The nearest Silantro from our place is in Alabang. So we headed there one weekend.

It was not a surprise to witness a long queue when we arrived. I have been seeing it several times on social medias.

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Patience is a virtue.

Most of them are in big groups, and since we’re only two, a very vigilant attendant was able to squeeze us in inside. He asked if we’re good with the counter and we don’t mind.

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Our spread was overwhelming. Their portions are bigger and per my high-school’s friends’ recommendation, yes their nachos is great.

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I doubt if we can consume these..

Jen’s Silantro’s quesadillas even came with french fries. While my burrito came with three different dips. All of them didn’t compromise my palate.

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While they didn’t use ground meat on the nachos but cubed beefs, cut smaller than the usual, making the sauce tastier and irresistible, their version of the cheese sauce is thicker since they mixed mozzarella with it. Veggies are sufficient too and the corn tortillas tasted like home-made and very crispy.

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Highly recommendable. =)

It was a good decision to try them but we will be choosy with the hours on our next visit. We heard that they are usually congested.

By the way, the interiors is modish too. Their theme is a combination of rustic and industrial. Raw floors, there are wall decals, impressive lighting fixtures and my favorite, they resorted to Machuca tiles to accentuate their floors.

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They deserve a second visit, we have a lot to try next time. We thought of the shrimp skewers. =)

No wonder that their branches are increasing lately.

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CASA QUESADILLA at Maginhawa street…

CASA QUESADILLA

“Mexican food is so full of colour, life and music. It’s like a pinata exploding in your mouth.” ~Kate Mclennan~

Nowadays, finding a TexMex restaurant is as easy as ABC.

Being a fan of Mexican food, Jen and I didn’t have a hard time looking for one should the cravings set in. Filipinos and Mexicans have similarities in culture, food and even language due to our common root. Both countries were being inhabited by the Spaniards. This historical trail is evident up to this very time.

At Maginhawa street, while eyeing Caffera: Cafe and Camera combined. We intentionally treaded the stretch of this famous street at Sikatuna Village in Quezon City to explore and choose food spots we intend visit in the future. Which obviously made us very hungry.

We weren’t surprised to find out that there are a lot of Texmex spots that we can choose from. We opted to try Casa Quesadilla.

It is easy to be spotted.
It is easy to be spotted.

Jen being crazy with quesadillas, immediately entered the multi-colored entrance of Casa Quesadilla. I, on the other hand like quesadillas too but my favorite Mexican food is Chimichangas, though there a few restaurants which offer this, they usually offer Burritos instead. I am good with Burritos but I like Chimis better since the latter has no rice.

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Colorful..

The Casa is like a hole in the wall type of Texmex joint. Still, they have a wide array of recipes to choose from.

We just had quesadillas and nachos salad. Quick and light. It took them less than 10 minutes to serve it.

Quick and light..=)
Quick and light..=)

I had to use the loo, and I have to pass by their kitchen to get there and I can attest to the cleanliness of their kitchen. The loo is clean too.

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They also offer alcoholic drinks and there are 2 groups enjoying their drinks outside while we dined inside.

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Unli beer from 6pm to 8pm..

And much to our content, their food is satisfying, Texmex is like comfort food to me and Jen.

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Now, we’re ready to stride again for our next stop. We passed by a bespoke restaurant on our way to Casa Quesadilla and it honestly looked interesting: When Uan met Sally. While Gourmet Gypsy Art cafe is befitting. =)

Casa Quesadilla is located at Unit 1, 176 Maginhawa, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

The very popular Maginhawa street..
The very popular Maginhawa street..

Chillin’ at CHILI’S…

Chillin’ at Chili’s…

So Jen’s search for the best Mexican restaurant continues.

She have been almost annoying telling me several times that we dine at Chili’s. And we did one Friday afternoon on a rainy day. We opted to try the one in Greenbelt as it is the nearest.

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Chili’s Greenbelt..

Broadly speaking, Jen’s excitement is almost like that of a child having her wish granted.

Immediately, being the mall rats that we are, we headed straight to the restaurant and resist the shops that used to be so appealing. She is so focused with what we are to order and upon being sitted.

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I find those knobs cute..=)
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And that huge chili too..
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Chilis’ here and there…
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Even on desserts?

It didn’t took us long to decide on what are we going to get. She had them drawn up in her mind the whole time we were walking briskly and heading to Chili’s.

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I am not so familiar with its’ exact location and it surprised me that she had it close to hand prior to meeting me.

To cut it short, what we’ve had is:

Quesadillas! =)

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Quesadelicious!

My specific preference is something with rice, at past 5pm, I haven’t had my lunch to catch up in a meeting at 2pm. So literally, I’m so famished.

Jen’s cravings lead her into getting this humongous burger which they called Old timer burger.

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It comes with potato fries..
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Yummy!

Then, I had my grilled chicken only because of those brocollis.

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(–,)

The attendants are keen enough to provide us with our requests.

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Extra gravy for my chicken..
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And extra pickles for Jen’s burger..

So what’s the verdict? Both the offering and service are excellent. The Texmex theme is felt all over the place. And when I asked Jen: “How was it?” She said. Let’s try the others. I think I am agreeing with her. So far. Till next time. #elchupakabra #lataquiera

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Happy tummies! =)

TAZA MIA – Another local entry for coffee lovers…

Taza Mia – Another local entry for coffee lovers…

Just last week, we just had nachos with artisanal coffee at Taza Mia which is located at SM Sta. Rosa, Laguna. This is my __th coffee for the week on top of my usual intakes at home. Which is kind of crazy to think about.

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Storefront… those lights I so like! =)

Though, having tried this with a long time friend cum foodie buddy (travel buddy too), is a time well spent away from the stress of life. Besides, she likes what I like and wherever I drag her, she is so willing to go and even if it’s not more of her, she is always willing to give it a try. To be adventurous is cool.

While we were checking their menu, it is on an easel at their storefront, what I tried to find first is if they have nachos. And they have it so off we go to this 2 seater sofa and wood-finish laminated table and placed our order immediately.

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Nachos? Check!
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Choices!
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I like their logo..=)

It’d be always this usual combination. Our choice of coffee, nachos and blueberry cheesecake. According to the attendant, they run out of the cake and so we just had nachos. I had their roasted caramel iced coffee and Jen grab a fresh brewed in butterscotch variant.

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Best choice! =)

We liked it that the salsa is served separately with the nacho chips. It’s tidier to consume and not like those that salsa were already there as toppings. It usually consume too much tissues.

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Very tidy!

Now comes the verdict on the coffee. I really like what I had. Jen liked her choice too.

I also discover in amazement that beans of Taza Mia is sourced-out locally, specifically from Lipa, Batangas. And with their ambiance, the great taste of their coffee, I think they would succeed in being a local chain of cafes in the country.

Looking around, the shop was well thought-of. From the interiors, their menu, their furniture, the tableware are personalized/ logoed, they have paper mats and tissues with their logos on it, and of course, one of the most important criteria in judging a restaurant, is the stance of their staff.

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Done professionally..
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Cool..
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They have merchandise too..

Long way to go Taza Mia! Another Pinoy pride! =)

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They’re planning to put up new branches in the northern part of the country, they have almost 10 in the southern part and counting! =)

Come on to “ANDALE”! =)

Come on to Andale!

“Eating is one of the great beauties in life. One of my favorite recreations… Eating with friends, the service, the ambiance.” ~Leroy Neiman~

One of the good things I like best in my country is the wide choices it can offer when you wanted to give in to your cravings.

I have been postponing a trip to Enchanted kingdom (heaven knows I only wanted to eat Chimichanga there and meet my old friends) for several reasons.

Luckily, I found the nearest option at SM Aura. Foodie buddy and I found “Andale by Agave” literally on top of this faddish mall in BGC (Bonifacio Global City) which honestly I haven’t gotten around yet the whole of it since its’ conception a few years ago.

We found Andale from their touch-screen mall guides and the name itself denoted that I finally found what I’m looking for. Yey!

So off we headed to the Sky park. There are other choices of course, there’ s Lugang cafe, Coca and Mesa. Foodie buddy asked me if there’s a slim chance that I changed my mind and showed me the other places. As she herself didn’t have any cravings at that time, all she knows is she’s hungry. And we just had soft pretzels (coated in cinnamon sugar) a few minutes ago! =)

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We’re here!!!!

Be that as it may, the chimichanga won’t stop rocking and rolling in my mind. Oh, cravings!

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Time to choose!

The place is quite puny, probably just over a dozen can be accommodated on peak hours. We had ours on the corner, with bench on the side of the wall and single seaters fronting it.

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Not that big..
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Attractive ceiling fixtures..

And yes, I ordered for my chimichangas. I had it called in advance as Jen is still determining whether she will get burritos or quesadillas or both. Lol!

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I have this like crush on Mexican food, really…
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But it’ll always be chimichanga!
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It says: extra hot!

And both of us are contemplating on getting nachos, when the attendant brought us a tray of it as complimentary. Wow!

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Those are 3 kinds of sauces: A milder one, one that is the usual and staple, and one that’s super hot!

Besides as my order arrived, it is quite big and I might not be able to consume all of it if I’ll get another like the Nacho grande that is I guess good for more than 3 pax.

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My chimis with a very nice sour cream..

For the drink, we both enjoyed each of our preferred variants, Jen had yellow mango shake and I had the avocado shake. As expected: “Hi, simple syrup for my shake please.” And wish granted right away.

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Jen chose mango and I had avocado…

I asked Jen how is her quesadillas, she enjoyed it that much becausethe cheese inside are mozarellas. There are 3 degrees of spiciness forthe salsa which they will ask you to choose and it fits my palate andhers. I got the mild one and she got the second one, the one with “budra” spice (which originated from India), that pungent spice used for curries. The third one? It is super hot! And I didn’t dare to try it.

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Buen provecho!

I like the sour cream. I like the mozarellas inside my chimis too. I like the baked beans (there’s a lot!), and I like the mild salsa. I wasn’t forced to eat something I don’t really like but I have to because that is just the way it is. Here, they provided me options.

I’m really happy with my chimichangas. I can now delay another visit to the park.

Plus, they’ve got a wide array of spirits too!

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Only from Mexico..

Andale by Agave is located at: Sky Park, Fifth Floor, SM Aura Premier, C5 Road Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. They also deliver, you can contact them at: 828-0355.

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Those colorful chips reminded me of the violet nachos from Enchanted kingdom. =)