When Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar invited us over for a Margarita Night, we couldn’t decline. After all, this Tex-Mex joint just won the Spot.ph judges over and was hailed as Manila’s #1 Burrito, and we wanted to know exactly why.
Chihuahua Mexican Grill opened its doors to burrito, nacho, and taco-loving foodies in 2011. The popular spot is owned by DJ-turned-restaurateur Elian Habeyab, and leading wine and beverage expert Ines Cabarrus. They welcomed us warmly and entertained us with informative Tex-Mex food trivia while they served one specialty after the other.
On top of Chihuahua’s fame for its burritos, Esquire Magazine has added another feather to the Tex-Mex joint’s cap by claiming that they also have the best Margaritas in town. What makes their margaritas stand out? They’re served in Tex-Mex fashion– frozen and unsweetened. Their Frozen Strawberry Margarita is the latest designer frozen margarita to be launched, and they’re gearing up to launch two more: the Frozen Red Berry and Passion Fruit Margaritas. The tequila based Strawberry Margarita is refreshing, but found it a little too strong for me. I did enjoy their non-alcoholic Watermelon Aguas Frescas, and some of my companions that night claimed that the Pear-flavored fresh fruit juice were also just as good. If you’re raring to try out next to authentic margaritas, you have to drop by Chihuahua’s and try their Chihuahuarita.
We had a good bite off their bestseller Nacho Grande, as well as their Steak Nachos (Php 385) and Chicken Nachos (Php 345). The Steak Nachos are a must-try! It’s basically Nacho Grande mixed with tender, char-grilled, and perfectly marinated steak. You won’t go back to plain old nachos after getting hooked on these. The Chicken Nachos were just as fully loaded, only with a generous serving of grilled bird. Chihuahua’s Nacho Grande gives you their best with everything. The sour cream in the big bowl of nachos is especially formulated for Chihuahua’s, so you won’t find the same perfect mix elsewhere.
The burritos did not disappoint! They were packed, and even came in a smaller size of 10 inches, perfect when you’re eating on-the-go. The Two-Bean Burrito consisted of smoky refried beans, Mexican rice, black beans, creamy queso, and chipotle salsa, and is perfect for vegetarians with its lack of meat. On the other hand, the Picadillo Burrito has spicy ground beef in it, and is one of their more popular burritos. Their burrito is big enough for sharing. Despite this, Jam and I wasn’t able to finish even when we already shared a half of the burrito!
Desserts, anyone? The Banana Nutella Quesadilla was a real treat to end our satisfying dining experience at Chihuahua’s. This dessert quesadilla is made of fresh bananas, Nutella, and Jiffy peanut butter, with vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, shaved almonds, and cajeta sitting right on top of it. We all couldn’t get enough of this, especially since we’re so fascinated at the idea of a dessert quesadilla, something most of us have never tried in the past.
Chihuahua Mexican Grill’s appeal not only lies in the exquisite flavors that they offer. I feel that what really keeps the people coming back are the noisy, no-nonsense fun that they bring to people looking for some. Their Friday Reggaeton nights and Saturday Salsa nights invite guests not just to dine, but to engage in fun activities, along with the opportunity to meet interesting personalities during the events. On Wednesdays, they have Acoustic nights, featuring unplugged sessions from Lee Grane, Jennifer Blair-Bianco, The Blue Rascals, The Band of Brothers, Bullet Dumas, Rizza Cabrera, Nino Alejandro, and Kate Torralba.
Lastly, I found it so easy to dig in to the straightforward Tex-Mex fare that Chihuahua offers. I hope that you get to try the Tex-Mex joint for yourself, and find comfort in their delectable offerings and cozy ambiance.-HANA