Searching for the best tacos in Manila

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Why we love Mexican food? I’ve noticed more and more Mexican restaurants have sprung up across Metro Manila. In BGC alone, I’ve heard that there are newer Mexican restos and I can’t wait to try them one of these days. So expect this post to be constantly updating.

 

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Why I love Mexican food? Aside from having a Mexican boyfriend and it was part of my Spanish learning process, I continue to love Mexican food because, to tell you the truth, they are not only delicious and mouth-watering, they are also healthy, with fresh ingredients and have the right balance of hearty meat, fruits and vegetables.

 

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So, me and my Mexican boyfriend has been on the search in finding the best Mexican restaurant in Metro Manila and here are the list the we have so far. Not all of them serves authentic Mexican foods , most are even Tex- Mex. Well, its just hard to find a real Mexican resto, don’t you think?

Living for more than 3 years in Metro Manila, my Mexican buddy , Oscar , has been on search for the best Mexican restaurant around. Despite the scarcity of some Mexican ingredients, he still manage to prepare some Mexican food at home. But this is still not enough. Sometimes, there’s the need to go out and dine. For years, he keeps on looking for the most authentic tacos and other Mexican food in the metro. So, here are some of those restaurants that serve Mexican foods that he has tried so far listed from the least to the best ones. For him, the best Mexican restaurant is the one that has the most authentic Mexican flavor. Let’s see which one is his bet?

 

Tex-Mex Fast-food

Filipino palate is used to Tex- Mex flavor. Nachos, fajitas, chili con carne and hard tacos are those well-known Tex-Mex food that we come to love. So that explains the plethora of Tex- Mex fast foods. But these are not necessarily Mexican food that a typical Mexican would look forward to. But still will mention it .

 

TGIF

 

This is one of the most expensive Tex-Mex around with order that cost 300Php and above. Their Tex-Mex food includes Chili Nachos, Chicken Quesadilla, Sizzling Fajitas, Fish tacos, among others. I did love their fish tacos, it comes with a twist. But with this price, you can get a lot better.

 

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Fish Tacos

 

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Fajita

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El Pollo Loco

 

It’s one of the cheapest yet healthier Tex-Mex food chains. How to know if the food is Tex-Mex or Mexican? Well, there are just some foods that are not considered Mexicans such as nachos, burritos and fajitas. Obviously , El Pollo Loco is a cheap Tex- Mex  kind of resto. Their fire-grilled chicken was so good. I liked that they offer soft, thin tortillas and beans.

 

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Mexican Agave

 

This Mexican canteen has a wide range of popular Mexican foods. They have the enchiladas, quesadillas,and  tacos. And even Tex-Mex ones like burritos, fajitas, nachos, chimichangas, etc. The food taste is not bad at all. But if I have to order here again, I would probably choose their quesadillas.

Have you seen how they present the tacos and enchis? I was excited thay they have tacos al pastor but after getting the tacos, I was quite disappointed with the size.

 

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Quesadillas

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Tacos

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Mexicali

 

By the name itself, one can tell that it’s a Tex- Mex resto. The dishes are presented in a very simple way. The taco’s salsa doesn’t even have cilantro, instead, they use the lettuce. The foods are simple, presentation and flavor-wise. But what I can remember about it was that it has the best sopa de tortilla! Their enchiladas are also great.

 

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Taco

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Enchilada

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Silantro

 

Again, if you go by the name, one can tell right away that this canteen is a fusion of Tex- Mex and Filipino flavors, replacing the cilantro with an s to make it sound more Tagalog. Their affordable , yet gigantic nachos is a hit among diners. The Mexican sauce or pico de gallo contains a lot of lettuce as well, instead of just cilantro. Food price is affordable, and the taste is very well adjusted to a Filipino palette. But if you’ re really looking for an authentic Mexican dish, you can’t find it here.

 

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Fil-Mex Taco

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Chupacabara

 

Their tacos are the closest street tacos that you can get at a taco stand in Mexico. Served on a double stack of greasy corn or maize tortillas,not the flour ones which are common in USA, and filled with grilled meats, their tacos represent what tacos should be. Among their taco selections, the one I liked the best was the taco de carnitas. Regular taco here costs 110 Php while in Mexico, a taco can only cost 8 Mexican pesos or 22 Php.what a difference though!

 

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Street tacos

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Taco with Horchata

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Lagrimas

 

When it comes to tacos, this is a go-to place. I imagine these are the kinds of tacos you can get in the streets of LA. No pretense, just the type of tacos you would like to grab to fix your taco cravings.Then, you pair it with Horchata, a Mexican drink made from rice, cinnamon and almond, cravings fixed.

This diner introduced me to bunuelos, their one and only taco dessert , which I tasted for the first time. It savors like leche flan but is actually made from burnt muscovado, dulce de leche, strawberries and lime.

 

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Street Tacos

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Bunuelos

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Tostada

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Horchata

 

Lo de Alberto

 

If we are basing on the food’s authenticity, this has been the best Mexican taqueria in Manila so far. If you’re really looking for authentic Mexican tacos flavor, then this is the place. From the tacos’ pico de gallo to its corn-made tortillas, which is the real tortilla used in Mexico, almost eveything is truly Mexican in style. Did I already mention their interior design and background music? As if you’re in Mexico.

Their enchiladas are rich and flavorful, too. It is here where I tried for the first time the traditional molletes, which is a flat sliced bread topped with pico de gallo. Sounds healthy?

 

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Molletes

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Having fun at Lo de Alberto

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Anna is a travel buff, logophile, choreophile, an adventurous foodie & glossophilia.She loves writing, dancing, traveling & learning languages. She speaks more than 5 languages and have been to more than 20 countries so far. In her leisure time, she loves to listen to music, dance & try cooking.

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