El Chupacabra

G/F JVR Bldg., 5782 Felipe St., Bel-Air, Makati, Metro Manila

El Chupacabra
4.3
4.5 Stars

235 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 104
  • 4 stars 97
  • 3 stars 28
  • 2 stars 4
  • 1 star 2
  • 260 Reviews
  • 416 Recommend
  • 235 Reviewers
Category:
Mexican
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 2:00a
Phone
+6328951919

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Street
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Miggy T.
2.0 Stars

Food was OK but service is shit. They didn't even give my change back.

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars
3

went in at 4-430pm and voila no waiting line and lots of tables and chairs 128513

horchata 10084
carne asada 128076🏼
cheese and garlic quesadilla 128077🏼
nachos single 128079🏼

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EJ B.
4.0 Stars
4

While waiting for Pappare to resume their operation. I dropped by at El Chupacabra which is located just in front of The Red Light and got one order of Carne Asada Street Tacos for Php110.00 and paired it with a beer.

Carne Asada (2 soft taco, grilled steak) - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5
"The tenderness and balanced flavor of the grilled steak is so good and it's very affordable. Sulit for two tacos"

#ilovetoeat 12851510084️ #elchupacabra

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Aika C.
4.0 Stars

Went on a friday + payday night. Worst idea ever.
It was jam-packed!

Instead of opting to wait for a table, we decided to get our food to-go and just eat in the car --side note: another bad idea if you don't want your car to smell like Mexican food for hours.

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Our orders were their carne asada taco, carnitas taco and solo nachos. One of the tacos had strips of steak and the other had chopped roasted(?) pork. The tacos had a ton of onions inside which gave them a nice, sweet flavor and a bit of crunch. Both were good but we liked the steak taco better. We also enjoyed the nachos. Its toppings include beans, salsa, olives, jalapeños, cheese sauce and sour cream. It was good but serving was a bit small.
❗️Ask for garlic sauce and hot sauce. They go well with everything.

Place is small, with more chairs outside than inside. Busy crowd with almost everyone drinking. 127867

Would definitely go back... just not on a Friday night. 128517

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars
6

still the best soft taco & horchata place for me!!!
Too bad we can't take good pics though since it's super dark here1285569996🏼️Forget about the bbq here though but do try the chicken skin!
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Lexi M.
3.0 Stars
5

The thing I don't like about El Chupacabra is their ambience. It is dark, smokey and hot. But it is jam-packed. It is best suited for nights of booze and merry-making so I came here at a very wrong timing since I was hunting for a good place to dine in. Hence, I was completely sober. Had I been influenced by the spirits, I'd say I love this place. I love Mexican food, so I read some reviews about this place and tried what mostly suggested - Carne Asada (P105) and California Baja Fish Taco (P135) which are mostly in one category of their menu, the street tacos. I didn't even experiment on their main dishes and the famous quesadillas as I would go off-budget for the night.

With their street tacos, you clearly need to hand-pick the food so it gets a bit messy. But the flavors executed well with an added spice sauce from the counter. Their Horchata (P60), though not as creamy as regular milk, was probably a good pair for their spicy dish as milk somehow neutralizes the sting. It is really quite thinned out but served from a fresh batch. It is made of ground rice, a bit grainy down the throat and from their menu description, a popular Mexican street drink. I even had two drinks of Horchata. I liked the very distinct flavor.

I'd give it another try. Perhaps on a daylight as there maybe a few people going in.

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Chieo O.
4.0 Stars
3

Late night and still hunting for a meaty snack led us to El Chupacabra, very streetside ambiance, busy BBQ at the side, bar across with boisterous chitchats around you and beer :D a place where you are tired from silence and want some noise with good food 12852210084128077🏻 got our dose of homey Carne Asada and Pork BBQ....

Couldn't be complete without my trusty classic mojito with these goodies 100841008410084127881128522128077🏻 yum 12852210084

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Angie G.
4.0 Stars
4

El Chupacabra is one of Poblacion's best 'hole-in-the-wall' gems. Known for their Mexican street food style cuisine, it's one of those places if you want simple, no-frills chow and drinks.

Went here on a Monday night to meet up with a friend. Ordered the bestselling Carne Asada and Baja California Fish Tacos, plus nachos. Everything still tastes the same like the first time I went here a couple of years ago. Nachos wasn't anything special, but I guess it's something decent to munch on over kwento.

I personally love the fish tacos - battered fish fillet, shredded cabbage, and tomatoes - all generously drizzled their special sauce. Mexican comfort food at its best!

Definitely recommend this place for good ol' tacos, best to go with your favorite beer or two. 🌮🌮127867

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars

One of those nights where i chose to fly solo and explore Poblacion.  I said to myself,  i have to swing by El Chupacabra again.

The first visit was with my CML.  I wasn't impressed with the carne asada but he was happy with the fish taco. 

Baja California Fish.  Perfectly cooked fish fillet encased in a crispy crust,  soft taco,  shredded cabbage,  silantro,  spicy mayonnaise.   And yes,  now i understand why he was all smiles during our visit (i only took a small bite then).  Now i have the taco all to myself (insert evil laugh here) Har! Har!   Suffice to say that I liked my taco,  i was even tempted to order another one. 

Note:   I would've preferred a lil more heat,  maybe they can do that on my next visit. 

Definition of Terms

CML - Chronic Mortal Addition.

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Reich T.
3.0 Stars

Did you know that Chupacabra literally means Goat Sucker.  It is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico.  The name comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.  For those who watch Grimm regularly,  there is one episode dedicated to the Chupacabra (remember the old Hispanic woman who takes care of the thugs in her neighborhood - The Chupacabra)

Anyway,  after five failed attempts,  we finally got to dine at El Chupacabra.  We arrived around  5ish and there are still a couple of tables available.  A couple of minutes after,  hipsters of different races started to come in.  El Chups is a typical hole in the wall joint.  No fancy decor,  no awesome spotify playlist,  it remimded me of Mayrics sans the live music.  If you remember Sunday Grabe Sunday,  raise your hand.  128588128588128588

We ordered the following:

Horchata.  I didn't know that this refreshment varies in taste in Latin America.  I ain't sure what version El Chups has, i am guessing the base they use is milk with a subtle vanilla flavor.  Pretty affordable for php 60.  It is not too sweet and not too milky.

Carne Asada.  Soft shell tacos,  grilled beef slices,  diced onions,  cilantro and some sauce.   This one is mediocre,  the beef is too tough.  Albeit the toughness,  the meat is seasoned well.

Baja California Fish (Fish Taco for the layman).  I've heard that theirs is the best.  Can i just say that if you date a woman who eats tacos with her hands,  she is for keeps.  This dish takes away all the grace and poise.  I don't wanna look a snob by using cutlery, so i got my hands a lil dirty and took a small bite. I liked it because it's a lil spicy, way better than the Carne Asada. The breaded fish fillet is cooked perfectly, moist on the inside,  goes well with the chopped veggies and the dressing.

El Chupacabra is good hangout spot if you wanna have drinks with your hipster friends.   The joint brought Makati's red light district back to life.

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Kwokie K.
4.0 Stars

It's my first time to be here during lunch, which makes it a whole lot more peaceful than the other time I was there. So this should make for a better review.

The lunch time crowd was inching in, we still found a table outside on the shade. But given the summer heat, we were still sweating and getting sticky. But nevermind, we were there already anyway. Parking in Poblacion will always be a problem, so it was lucky of us to get a spot just down the street.

I ordered the chicken skin chicharon for the group, and the 3 pictured street tacos for my own satisfaction. Pollo Asado, Carne Asada and the San Francisco style lean Pork Sisig. So that's the chicken, the beef and the pork taco in its sequence. The Carne was the specialty so there's the expectation of how it will be! The tortilla is the circular nacho shell which they also grill with the meat. The calamansi is to give the taco a little zing, aside from the sauces they provide.

The pollo asado in my opinion was just ok. The revelation for me was the sisig taco as it gave the best flavor and balance among the 3. Sadly, the carne I was served was tough and rubbery to chew - and it tasted like it was swimming in soy sauce for too long - too salty! The chicken skin chicharon to be honest tasted similar to how the Jollibee chicken joy skin tastes, but what we found was that it still had a really oily taste. So we we just took it home for the other folks in the office to eat.

I was hoping for a better lunch experience than what we got, place is still quaint, food is reasonably priced but perhaps I set my expectations too high. I can't give it 5 stars!

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Poonam K.
5.0 Stars

mom and i had food delivered from this place. i have always been curious to go here since it is just walking distance from our place. we ordered 4 different kinds of their soft tacos: carne asada; san francisco style lean pork sisig; baja california fish; camarones a la diablo!

all are great! the meat is very tender! i love the camarones (shrimps) the most! very spicy!!! love the flavor! it is worth the price!

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Pia L.
4.0 Stars

My best friend who was meeting up with a friend from the States (who currently lives in Makati) loves this place, so we thought we should try it! Being the South girls that we are, we had to use Waze to find this place and of course we had to be stopped over by a police! Driving in Makati already makes me nervous 128518 Anyway, thank God we saw her friend walking because there really was a possibility that we would've not found the place since it was a little further inside a street!!! Also, we had to park in another street where there were minimal street lights 'cause there were no parking huhuhu the place was packed with foreigners so it was a good sign haha! we had to wait for a little over 15minutes before we were given a table. The place inside had dim lighting and the music was a little loud but we ordered as soon as we were seated and our food arrived shortly after. I think we got the street tacos (I forgot the exact names of what we ordered already) but it was just okay. (Or maybe I just ordered the wrong one haha) And it bothered me a little that the taco broke so easily so it was hard to eat all of it in one go 128553 we got the Patacones too as per recommendation of our Makati friend, and it was surprisingly addicting. The taco was good and they put a generous amount of beef! My other friend got their Horchata which is her favorite and it was definitely something I would order next time. I'd probably go back to Makati again for this so I could try all the other food too!

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Shiela P.
5.0 Stars

Cool place 128526 Love the food. Quesadillas (soft and delicious) and nachos (beef is tasty)!! Yum!! 128523

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Tiffany U.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Jess R.
4.0 Stars

Glad to have tried it once.

We ordered the street asada, which was very meaty. The sliced up steak was tender.

Jalapeño and cheese gringa, loved the cheese and the kick the jalapeño gives. I just hope they could've served it warm. Also didn't like the fact that you have to add p30 for a teaspoon of salsa refill.

Jumbo BBQ ,was definitely forgettable.

La chupadita was nicely paired with everything we had. Your only hope of defusing the heat from the jalapeños and the salsa atomicAAA. Whew.

Horchata is a drink I won't mind having again, really yummo and made of rice I think. There are even ground rice particles at the bottom of the glass.

#loolooexplorerpackgiveaway

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Vanessa P.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Christina R.
4.0 Stars

Did you know that you can invite them to join your party? 128131🏻128131🏻128131🏻From Makati I saw them yesterday all the way in the Advent Fair of Acacia Waldorf School, situated in Sta. Elena, right beside Nuvali. Say whut?! That far! Viva la Mexico!

Not sure how game they are in catering to your private functions. I'm actually just assuming because why else would they be a millions pedestrian steps away from the infamous Burgos branch?

Still awesome were the carne asada and carnitas tacos. 3-bite goodness cooked on the spot, meat just melts in your mouth. Needs more cilantro for me. Soft corn tacos are made with the perfect thickness. Pollo Cubano was served cold. Didn't like this. This absolutely needed to be paired with a cold brewsky. The school only sold organic, GMO free lemonade and sugarcane juice.

El chupacabra is a mouthful but it's a fun word to say. They featured this scary creature in the Grimm a few months ago. I generally try to avoid the Burgos area because of the lack of parking spaces. Plus no a/c there so yeah, I can't seem to stay long there. We were able to enjoy our tacos today in the cool Laguna weather.

Great way to cap off the APEC and celebrate the gorgeous President Nieto stepping onto Philippine soil. We actually breathed the same air. Sigh. I could eat guacamole and refried beans with this pretty boy all day. #teamnieto Trudeau though was a close second, with women giggling as he passed by as if he was a celebrity more than he was a head of state. He was speaking in French during the press con and let me say he was so hypnotizing that I could've sold my land lock, stock and barrel without knowing it.

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Angeli A.
4.0 Stars

Sorry for the snapchat photo, but i forgot to take a regular one HAHA

Sisig taco + horchata 128076🏻 I always crave for these two items from el chup's menu and they did not fail me today. I don't know how someone can NOT get the 16oz horchata, when it's already so bitin. It's so familiar and unique at the same time, which is why i liked it the first time i tried it. It's like milktea but.. Different. Hahaha. As for the taco... Sayang lang na the taco itself tore easily :/ i had to spoon the sisig into my mouth haha that kinda took away the messy fun of eating a taco.

Only major disappointment was there were no chicken skewers available today :(

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

Are you looking for a mexican themed hang out like you could make #kaladkarin of your friends at makati? Go to el chupacabra to in the hidden streets near jupiter. Thanks to Kathryna d she gave me heads up of what to order there
128204128525sisig tacos - soft tacos with good serving of sisig. The onions really makes the kick. Calamansi to add the zing. So how do you eat it? Forget about manners. It's ok to get your mouth and cheek messy as the crowd wouldn not mind. Roll those soft tacos and.. Slam in to you mouth. Haha. Well, it's pretty pettite so it's kinda bitin. (english please)
128204gringas (they're flour quesadillas) we chose the cheese ang garlic.. They were good. The garlic was just right for the taste. With that comes along your sour cream, crushed jalapeno and salsa dips.
128204Burritos (beef)
Me and my friends agreed the rice in the burritos were extraordinary. The flavor was in there too. The server said it was good for one.. But if you are a light eater, this one's good for two. You could ask for hot sauce and sour cream sauce which is free for the first time. Get it for 50bucks next round.
128204Potato wedges
How can i forget about this good plate. This appetizer was right on time served first, and wow, it did its job. These wedges are crisp on the edges, smoking soft and warm in the inside! Served with tomato ketchup (what more could you ask for?)
128204128525chicken enchiladas
This dish. Wham. I thought it was covered with some kind of barbecue sauce cause it was dark. Turned out to be chili sauce (i really sweat a lot if i eat these kinds but now, i really dont mind!) the minced chicken was caovered in somekind of soft taco.. Was it dough? (At these times i need the aid of those in charge so i could share to you correctly).. The chicken tiny bit sour (dont get me wrong, it's sour in a good way)

Kathryna d i did not get to order the cow heart cause friends and i dont know how to eat it. And the shrimp taco.. Too bad allergic friend ko 128514. But i would not hesitate giving you a credit.

So i noticed too that the servers were kinda laid back, you know, "you want tissue? Here!" (throws it to you).. That kind haha. And some of the guy waiter wearing short shorts.. Ok?

The place.. Awesome. Three parts:
128262the smoking are which is outside along the street.. Crowd it good.. Mostly foreigners... European. A couple of japanese.
128262the fan area (we were seated there) where you can smell smoke from their cooking area (believe me you wouldnt want to have formal meetings after dining here). You could actually write on te wall.
128262airconditioned room.. Kinda like bar type inside where quite sossy people are.. Quite cool and where you could have a sossy kind of booze. Mostly filipino inside.
It's not really party mode ambiance. More on a quiet type tavern. Yes, kinda unkempt but this is a happy place.

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