Thursday, December 9, 2010

Mexicali Olé!

BF recently landed his new job as Programmer II in an international IT company. We used to work under the same IT company, BF as one of the pioneer developers and me as the only software QA Specialist, but the company sort of fell apart and it was time to move on for our sanity's sake. Fast forward to his first payday, I kept in mind that BF promised that we would dine in a new restaurant. Of course, all I could think about at first was sushi! pizza! or other staples forever embedded in my mind.

So I cleared my head and thought about cuisines that I take for granted most of the time, since my passion for Thai food isn't exactly that developed, I decided that we try Mexican food this time. Surprisingly, BF gave his elusive nod of approval.

Chili Con Carne (Bowl)
Php 148.99 or $ 3.41

Described in their website as "a hearty stew of beans and meat. Comes with tortilla chips". Their Chili Con Carne bowl is enough to feed two hungry pig out buddies, like Chum and I! I asked the waitress first on how big the cup and bowl sizes were, and opted for the bowl size. I knew BF was hungry but said he won't eat since he'll be heading to their company's Christmas party that night. 

Knowing BF, even though he says he won't, HE DEFINITELY WILL. It came in hot with plenty of toppings like onions, cheese, and what I believe is sour cream. We loved topping off our crunchy tortilla chips with their mildly spiced Chili Con Carne that BF ordered for more side tortilla chips. Size and taste-wise it was great, I loved how rich and flavorful the Chili Con Carne was and it was definitely a great order for such an affordable price. 

The only thing I could think of to make their Chili better is to offer their customers different levels of spiciness depending on the customer's preference. I sure would have loved mine spicy as hell. :)

Ground Beef Taco
Php 89.00 or $ 2.03

I've seen too many taco posts in the last few weeks that I decided to kill my curiosity and ordered their taco as well! Described in their website as "crispy corn or soft flour folded tortilla with your choice of filling with cheese, refried beans, lettuce, fresh salsa and sour cream." Well, mine came really bursting with fillings!

We polished off the Chili Con Carne first and then I diverted my attention to this. Truth be told I was hesitant to try it first because I kept thinking that the taco shell would crack into smithereens after I take just a teeny tiny bite. Of course, the Ground Beef Taco would not disappear if I just look at it, so I took my first awkward bite, aware of what might happen next.

Surprisingly, nothing fell apart, the taco shell still intact no matter where I bite. Before each bite I would put on some of the hot white sauce they gave and relish each wonderfully delicious bite. Now I know why I have been seeing tacos in too many food blogs for so long.

As I'm typing this post, I'm fighting the itch to drag BF (Thank you, you're the best BF in the whole wide world!) into Mexicali again and try more of their affordable and yet very filling and scrumptious food. Have you dined in Mexicali or any other Mexican themed restaurants? What are your Mexican food staples, must haves and cravings? I'd like to know!


Locations & Phone:
Mexicali, SM Megamall
1/F Bldg. A, SM Megamall, Julia Vargas Ave.
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
(02) 635-6079

Mexicali, Trinoma
4/F Trinoma, EDSA cor. North Ave.
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 916-6477

Mexicali, The Link Bldg.
The Link, North Drive cor. Makati Ave.
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 856-3114

Mexicali, RCBC Plaza
3/F Podium 3, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave. cor. Gil Puyat
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 888-5094

Mexicali, Bel-Air
G/F JVR Bldg., 5782 Felipe St.
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 895-1919

Mexicali, Robinsons Place - Manila
1/Lvl., Padre Faura Wing, M. Adriatico St., Ermita
Manila, Metro Manila
(02) 400-6869

Mexicali, SM Mall of Asia
1/Lvl., Main Mall
Pasay City, Metro Manila
(02) 556-0810

Mexicali, SM City North EDSA
4/F SM City North, North Ave. cor. EDSA
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 442-0096

Mexicali, Greenhills Shopping Center
Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan, Metro Manila
(02) 725-3921

Mexicali, Alabang Town Center
2/F Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd.
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
(02) 659-3036

Mexicali, Robinsons Galleria
Level 2 East Lane 
Robinsons Galleria 

Mexicali, SM City Fairview
GF SM Annex, SM City Fairview, Quezon City
(Near Teriyaki Boy)

Delivery: Yes. Minimum order of P350.00. Delivers in 30 - 45 minutes.
Estimated Budget: ~P200.00/meal
Payment Methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Amex
Business Hours:  10:00AM to 9:00PM Daily or depending on mall operating hours

Your pig out buddy,

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