El Chupacabra for damn good Mexican food

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.

the street outside El Chupacabra

the street outside 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.

el chupacabra

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.

carne asada at el chupacabra

Carne Asada, Php 98

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.

Grilled Boneless Chicken at el chupacabra

Grilled Boneless Chicken, Php 251

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….

el chupacabra

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
Bel-Air, Makati 

Comments

  1. I used to hate Mexican dish because I’ve been to two Mexican restos with less than satisfying food. But I recently found one resto with great-tasting food so I’m now ready to explore more. I’m happy to learn that El Chupacabra can be found in Makati (where I work and live) so I’m going to look for it one of these days and try their dishes. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Like you, I’ve always loved Maxicali, so I’ve always wanted to go to El Chupacabra as well. Are there parking areas nearby? That’s one issue why I haven’t been there, it looks too crowded.

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    Badet Reply:

    It’s located in a narrow street so the resto itself has no parking area for its customers.

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  3. I’m almost always adventurous when it comes to food but my Mexican food experiences are fairly limited to tacos, burritos, etc. since I’m not a fan of spicy food. The chicken looks delicious though.

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    Badet Reply:

    Yes, their chicken is juicy and the marinade is really yummy. Mexican food is not that spicy, just put garlic sauce to balance the flavor. 🙂

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  4. You should try Tacos Chingones Foodtruck along Algier St., beside the entrance to Rockwell. ‘Tis the closest thing to having authentic Mexican Tacos and Gringas in Makati City.

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  5. Oh wow… this looks so good!! I have to confess, I haven’t found a very good mexican joint here in Europe (yet) — but the one I had eaten in Manila (like Orale) was really good! I will definitely keep this in mind when I come back! I actually think that my friends have been here. Great coverage, Badet!

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  6. I love the name of the resto. I am really drooling while looking at #foodporn. I will check it out some time.

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  7. Its been a long time since I lasted feasted on Mexican dishes. A good place to visit talaga ito.

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  8. This one’s a good find and the prices are reasonable too. This is definitely perfect to curb that yearning for Mexican food.

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  9. I’ve been meaning to check this out eversince but haven’t coz it’s just out of the way. Mexicali is usually my to go place to fix my mexican dish cravings.

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  10. The Carne Asada looks super super yummy parang gusto ko kumain ngayon waaah.

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    Badet Reply:

    Kaya I don’t look at food photos at midnight, magugutom din ako.

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  11. I agree with you their food are all affordable, but still they serve delicious food that we usually taste in a five star restaurant.

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  12. Your orders look so gooood!
    I never tried it there but heard a lot of good feedback! I need to bring my friends para ma-try, coz hubby is not fond of Mexican. 🙂

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