I have attended a few events held at A. Venue, Makati and I always pass by this particular restaurant—who could miss the shocking red walls?—called Chihuahua. Though I frequent this area, I have never tried dining in this restaurant. Finally, when Aldous invited me to come to this blog event, I told him it’s a go!
I forgot to ask the founders, Miss Ines Cabarrus and Mr. Elian Habayeb, why the establishment is called Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar. However, I have learned that Chihuahua is not just a breed of dog but also a place in Mexico which probably explains why they are offering Tex-Mex cuisine or what is basically a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine
Ordering is made is easy thanks to the step by step guide on the counter.
First: Choose the meat you want
Second: Choose the type you want – 3 pieces tacos, wrapped burrito, burrito in bowl, or salad burrito bowl. This would cost you P295.00. There will be additional charges for orders after this step.
Third: Choose the side dish you like
Fourth: Choose the drinks you like
*** Nacho Grande is composed of nacho chips, pico de gallo, salsa, ground beef, guacamole, Chihuahua’s queso, sour cream on top, and cheddar cheese.
It is so unique for them to serve the food in an aluminum bowl. It suddenly reminded me of my baking class back in school. Anyway, unlike the typical nachos served in other restos I know, the toppings on their nachos are not just placed on top. It was actually mind-boggling to see the generous amount of ingredients until the bottom of the bowl!
Chicken Nachos P345.00
This is another Nacho Grande with grilled lean marinated chicken breast.
Their burrito is very packed. They also have this new offer called Mini-Me which is a 10-inch version of their traditional 12-inch burrito. This smaller version is sold for P225.00 only. To avail this for lunch during weekdays, simply like the Chihuahua’s Facebook page.
Picadillo Burrito P295.00
It has refried beans, Mexican rice, black beans, Chihuahua’s spicy queso, pico de gallo, lettuce, and your choice of meat. Oh carbs! I wasn’t able to finish this one. Sigh.
Oh I hoped we were oriented with the specialty of their sauce because they have a lot!
Banana Nutella Quesadilla P195.00 or P345.00
I like this dessert so much. It was my first time to try a sweet quesadilla! It is made of fresh bananas, Nutella, and Jiffy peanut butter. As if those weren’t enough, the dish is topped with vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, shaved almonds, and cajeta (caramel sauce).
Aguas Frescas. This is a traditional non-alcoholic Mexican fruit juice made with melons, pears, or watermelons.
Chihuahuarita. It is the short term for Chihuahua Margarita. According to Mr. Elian, the secret to have the best Margarita is in its ingredients, tradition, and know-how. Meanwhile, Miss Ines told us that they are very excited to introduce to their margarita variations (strawberry, red berry and passion fruit) to the public. Well, we found ourselves lucky to be one of the first set of people to try their Strawberry Margarita! As for me, the beverage is very refreshing. I guess it’s also a plus that we had our drinks served in glasses instead of the usual Margarita glasses. I find the drink stronger than the previous margarita I tasted. Maybe that is just how a Margarita should taste like. After all, Mr. Elian is from Texas which is supposedly the place where the drink was invented.
Dining in this place could make you feel happy and lively. Yes, the red paint, sombrero, and maracas probably had something to do with the feel good vibe of the place. The sounds played here are upbeat and the staff is all cheerful. Wednesdays are acoustic nights, Fridays are Limon nights where they play Reggaeton music, and Saturdays are salsa nights! Even though the establishment is relatively new—they opened last July 2011—they have certainly captured the Filipino market.
Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar
7838 Makati Avenue (across from A-Venue Mall between Kalayaan and JP Rizal)
11 AM – 3 AM weekdays, 11 AM – 5 AM Fri & Sat, 11 AM – 12 AM Sun