In a city like Makati in Metro Manila where restaurants spring like mushrooms, deciding where to eat is always a happy problem. Most diners obviously go to their favorites, while some usually eat where cravings are satisfied. Others based their choices with the people behind the food. It goes without saying that if a restaurant offers staples and favorites, food that diners crave, and dishes prepared and cooked by people who know best, it’s definitely a winner!
When I heard from Elian Habayeb, one of the founders of Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, that Chihuahua isn’t exclusively traditional Mexican but Tex-Mex joint existing since 2011, I became more interested to try the fusion of authentic Mexican flavors with American Southwestern. As he continued his casual introduction, he became more compelling by briefly narrating that he based their menu from dishes he grew up eating in his hometown, Houston, Texas. Chihuahua’s authentic; I’m sold!
Elian shares ownership of Chihuahua with Ines Cabarrus who equallyappears so warm and friendly. I was impressed when Ines did a quick rundown of their dishes and their ingredients, plus a few new addition to their menu. They know their food so well!
We sampled the excellent Nachos Grande, Chihuahua’s nachos on bowl served generously with various dips. From rich cheesy dip with a kick of a bit spice, to dips with beans and tomatoes, everything goes perfectly well. Big serving and appetizingly good!
I with a bunch of fellow foodies were lucky to be the first few people to try their Strawberry Margarita. Chihuahua made a classic cocktail even more refreshingly great! Other than strawberry, they also have Red Berry and Passion Fruit Margaritas!
Chihuahua’s Hot Sauce Library takes Tex-Mex dining in Makati to a spicier level! Dare to make their nachos and burritos spicier with any of those rare and imported hot sauces. Try Dave’s Temporary Insanity, Crazy Mother Pucker’s, the Bayou Butt Burner, Katrina Storm, Global Warming, El Yucateco, and the Death Sauce if you dare!
Our appetites and taste buds were more challenged with their Steak Nachos! Chihuahua’s Beef Steak Nachos and Chicken Steak Nachos are served on handsome bowls with tender and chargrilled meat strips. Delicioso!
The star of Chihuahua’s menu are their famous Burrito! Refried beans, guacamole, Mexican rice, black beans, queso, pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream, lettuce and your choice of meat or veggies wrapped in a large soft flour tortilla. They came up with a Mini-Me version of the same tasteful Chihuahua Burrito on a smaller fraction. Chihuahua’s burrito’s love at first bite!
Next that was sent in to our table was Chihuahua’s constant bestseller, the Quesadilla! Made of two toasted flour tortillas held together by three kinds of cheese with a ton of varieties to choose from; you must be in Quesadailla Heaven!
Chihuahua’s Quesadilla are all served with pico de gallo, chipotle salsa, sour cream and guacamole. They’ve got Quesadilla for everyone! Chicken Spinach Quesadilla prepared with grilled marinated chicken breast and butter-sauteed spinach with garlic, onion and cilantro. Mushroom Quesadilla, Steak Quesadilla made of grilled USDA beef, onions and peppers, Carnitas Quesadilla with slow-cooked pork, red onions and cilantro, the Picadillo Quesadilla made of spicy ground beef and red onions, the Veggie Quesadilla with grilled peppers, onions, zucchini and corn. Haven’t I told you, Chihuahua’s Quesadilla Heaven?
While Texan and Mexican dishes boast of strong and pretty flavors that burst into mouth beautifully, everything is balanced easily with a decadent dessert.
Banana Nutella Quesadilla made with fresh bananas, Nutella, Jiffy’s Peanut Butter and then topped with vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, shaved almonds, and cajeta (a Mexican caramel similar to dulce de leche). Sounds great combination, right? I so regret I failed to grab a bite. Oh well! 😦
As for fun and entertainment, Chihuahua’s a champion too! They’ve got Saturday Salsa Nights, Limon Fridays (Reggae), Accoustic Wednesdays (the one we attended), and few more exciting surprises at Chihuahua.
Fellow bloggers and food writers that evening with the founders of Chihuahua Mexican Grill.
Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar. A Tex-Mex foodie destination in Manila. A winner at every bite!
*Special thanks to Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar for the invitation via Aldous (leftmost of photo) of www.aldousatetheworld.blogspot.com and fellow Pinoy Travel Blogger, Jherson (second guy from left of the photo with spectacles) of www.lonelytravelogue.com.
With Ines, one of the founders of Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar. Thank you! Ariba!
*Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar | 7838 Makati Avenue (across A-Venue Mall, between Kalayaan & JP Rizal) | phone # (63-2) 890-3192. | Opening hours : 11AM-3PM weekdays, 11AM-5AM Fridays & Saturday, 11AM-12AM Sundays.
*Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar | G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza Street, side across from The Residences, Makati | phone # (63-2) 625-0106 | Opening hours : 11AM-11PM daily.
Delivery Hotline : (63-2) 212-1212 | Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/chihuahuamexicangrill