El Chupacabra

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

El Chupacabra
4.2
4.0 Stars

241 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 103
  • 4 stars 101
  • 3 stars 30
  • 2 stars 5
  • 1 star 2
  • 269 Reviews
  • 429 Recommend
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Category:
Mexican
Business Hours
Reopens Sun: 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

Jae-t M.
3.0 Stars
5

I only had drinks last night, but the smell of the food they served the table beside us smelled so good we got so curious!
This place is frequented by some sort of tv personalities, which was our case last night. Ive had food here before but I don't particularly remember so I wont say anything now. Although, it must be good because people keep coming back!
Theres not much to expect from the place (much less the very rundown toilet), but its a chill place.
I find that their corona is a tad bit expensive.

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Jomarie A.
4.0 Stars
4

Because we haven't met for more than two weeks already, Josh and I decided to meetup for dinner after his duty last Sunday. I volunteered to visit him in Makati again.

When I asked him what he wanted to eat, he told me he wanted Southern American / Mexican / Tex-Mex food. I searched looloo and asked around: and El Chupacabra was one of the top picks. Josh agreed with this choice, so we went there directly after his work that day.

It was raining when we got there, and I was actually quite surprised at how dark the place was. 128531 Good thing one of the servers directed us to the seats inside, which had a relatively brighter lighting. Their menu did not have pictures, and is more of just a pricelist. Here's what we got:

✔ NACHOS ESPECIALES SOLO (Php 160) - 110881108811088
We got this for our appetizer, and it was just okay. The chips were topped with ground beef, salsa, jalapeno peppers, olives, cheese sauce, and sour cream. Serving size was just right for two people. I felt like it lacked oomph in general, and that it can still be better than how it currently is. Probably cheesier? Or more contrasts in flavor? 128586

✔ CARNE ASADA BURRITO (Php 257) - 11088110881108811088
Josh ordered this for himself. This had a relatively big serving size, and can probably feed two not so hungry people. The burrito comes with a side serving of nacho chips. I took a bite of this, and found it to be okay. I asked Josh how the food was, and he told me that it was good. However, one major area for improvement is the flavorfulness of the meat. The rice has the right amount of flavor, but the meat was on the blander side, according to Josh.

✔ POLLO ASADO TACOS (Php 110) - 11088110881108811088
I actually do not know what to order, so Josh got this for me. Since I already ate a Jamaican Pattie while waiting for him, I was already half full and wanted something relatively light. When my food was served, I was surprised at how small it was! I crossed my fingers and hoped it would at least taste good, even if it's just good for 4-5 bites. 128514 Well, it did taste good! The chicken was grilled perfectly, and had the right amount of flavor. Once you add the sour cream and salsa, it will taste perfect! 128076 Too bad the serving size was too small. But at least I didn't get bloated! 128513

The place was not that packed, especially for a Sunday night. Probably we're just too early? HEHE. Service was hit and miss. There was a particular male server that is very enthusiastic about what he's doing, and was very accommodating. The female server, however, seemed unfocused and did not assist us as much.

Overall, the food was good -- nothing too fancy, and certainly had great value for money. 128076

PSA: If you want your food super spicy, you may ask the waiters to serve you with their Salsa Atomica! 128521

#EatDrinkSplurge
#loolooDroneGiveaway

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars
5

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bbq 11088110881108811088
gizzard 11088110881108811088
burrito carne asada 1108811088110881108811088
nachos 1108811088110881108811088
cheese and garlic quesadilla 1108811088110881108811088
horchata 1108811088110881108811088

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Philip M.
2.0 Stars

The service was absolutely terrible!! Undermanned. We had to get our own water and sauces because it seemed we were bothering the waiters by asking for these.

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Ruth S.
3.0 Stars

SRIRACHA FOOD CRAWL 128293128293128293

7/8: EL CHUPACABRA

FOOD: Fish Tacos 128032🌮

TASTE: I was able to try this one before and loved it. I was excited to be back here again and when I found out we'll be trying a Sriracha version of their Fish Tacos, my excitement went from 70 to 100!! 128518 Sadly, with so much excitement and expectation, I was not that impressed. It was still good, though. The fish was tasty. The tacos are best enjoyed with their sauces so use them, okay??

LEVEL OF SPICINESS: 0.5/10? Sadly, it was not as spicy since I was hoping for a spicier version. Oh well, papel.

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Midz S.
4.0 Stars
3

7/8 POBLACION FOODCRAWL C/O SRIRACHA

We're almost done with our foodcrawl! Second to the last stop, El Chupacabra. This place looks like a carinderia on the outside because of the grill and simple tables and chairs. I didn't know that there were also spaces inside, and I was a bit worried that it may also be suffocating for me. It's a good thing that their doors led us to a fancier, more relaxing and chill bar. This was where we greeted each other a happy Chinese new year 128522

We had their fish tacos, which had some sort of pita bread as a shell. It had two pieces of fish: one was breaded and the other one, I assume, was just fried. I don't know if these two had the same kind of fish, but the breaded one wasn't that smooth. I felt that I might get some bones from the fish any time during that meal, but there weren't, it might just be because of the texture of the fish.

Of course this wouldn't be part of the foodcrawl without the star of the night: the sriracha. El Chupacabra mixes sriracha in the sauce of their fish taco, although I wasn't able to feel any spiciness from it. I also enjoyed the dish more when I started to pour in some of their sour cream sauce in the mix. It was a perfect match, much like a fish and chips dish with tartar sauce on the side.

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars
3

I am willing to tough it up and endure the noise and the hipster crowd for El Chupacabra's infamous fish tacos! I am uttering silent prayer that they will serve this on top of their Sriracha infused dish.

This is the 7th Stop of out Sriracha Food Crawl last Friday night. I never thought that there is a much spacious are tucked between the curtains. Anyway, this surprised me and made me want to visit the place again. Probably on a weekday and during the first hour of their opening. Yeah, i want to avoid the crowd.

Anyway, they served the only item on their menu that has Sriracha. Voila! Ze fish tacos. The foodie gods answered my prayers! Open faced soft shell taco topped with deep fried baha fish fillet, shredded cabbage and veggies then drizzled with Sriracha mayonnaise.

Unlike the colorful taco x forgettable we had previously, this one is the exact opposite. No gimmicks, it looks like an ordinary taco but packed with flavor. Looks can be deceiving eh? The fish is cooked to perfection and doesn't have the fishy aftertaste. The veggies are fresh and crunchy. The sriracha mayo is more mayo in taste but i aint complaining, it is still delicious albeit the lack of heat. It tastes ten times awesome when you add some calamansi.

Ay Caramba El Chupacabra!!!

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Ang-ang P.
4.0 Stars
2

Subzero* beer (Red horse) for just Php55.00 plus service fee.

Wow, that pretty affordable.

* not really sure if it's subzero but it's really cold.

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Grace I.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Mister J.
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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