Once upon a time when there weren’t any ramen restaurants yet in malls and the food choices were very limited, we were satisfied to stuff ourselves with Mexican food from Mexicali. Now that the food scene has something for everyone, we still come back for that familiar taste of Mexican food, comfort food bursting with flavors, pass the garlic sauce pls!
But this post isn’t about Mexicali, but of its sibling, the famous El Chupacabra.
It’s a bit late for Jeff and I to try El Chupacabra, it’s been around for like 2 years already and yet we haven’t tried it. But we kept it under our radar, and by the time we got the chance to go (and eat!) in Makati, you know what’s next. The quest for that elusive Polaris street alone made me excited!
It was a Friday night so the place was packed and the long tables even at the street were already occupied. Good thing we’re only dining for two and they secured us a place just in front of the bar, near the grill. Later on, I found out that they also have an air-conditioned area (!!!) when I went to the comfort room. We would have chosen to dine inside had they asked us of our preference because we’re non-smokers and we don’t like the smell of the food sticking in our clothes.
I ordered Carne Asada, since it’s their bestseller. I seldom have meat whenever we’re dining out because I’m always disappointed, I always find it difficult to chew. So I always have chicken or anything other than their meat.
But El Chupacabra’s Carne Asada is a different story. Upon putting this plate in front of me, I reached out for that one piece of meat first. No onions, no bell peppers, no garlic sauce, no chili sauce, just that piece of good ole’ grilled beef.
And then I told Jeff, “Grabeee, ang sarap!”
Each bite of the tacos is bursting with flavors. The cilantro adds a fresh and citrusy taste to it. Adjust the flavor by adding garlic sauce or chili sauce.
Jeff, still waiting for his order, got curious and asked for a taste. And he agreed.
Now, he’s more than eager to taste his Grilled Boneless Chicken.
Now, this Grilled Boneless Chicken looks very familiar. If you eat at Mexicali, you’ll know why. This is just the same with Mexicali’s Grilled Chicken Plate. But El Chupacabra’s is cheaper and has two big chunks of boneless chicken. Same salad, same rice, and same great taste of juicy tender boneless chicken.
Our Mexican food experience won’t be complete without these two….
Now, we know why there’s a craze about this hole-in-the-wall Makati food joint El Chupacabra, they do serve damn good Mexican food!
We’ll be back the next time we swing by Makati, and will check out Tambai too, which is just the same street as El Chupacabra.
El Chupacabra – https://www.facebook.com/Elchupacabraph
Felipe corner Polaris Street