La Chinesca

248 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque, Metro Manila

La Chinesca
4.3
4.5 Stars

8 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 2
  • 4 stars 6
  • 3 stars 0
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 13 Reviews
  • 31 Recommend
  • 8 Reviewers
Category:
Mexican
Business Hours
Reopens Tue: 5:00p - 10:00p
Phone
+6327380724

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Parking Lot
Take Out:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner

Most Recent Reviews

AAA M.
5.0 Stars
5

Everyone, believe the hype! Just head here, queue in line if you have to because La Chinesca is no doubt be one of the top restaurants in BF.

At Sensei, the tacos were easily my fave and I would always get the fish taco. So I was really excited when I found out he served tacos in majority here. As expected, Everything we tried was awesome & bursting with flavor! Fish & meat were all moist and tender. The tacos were a combination of flavors that were hot, tangy, sweet and were all unbelievably savory good. It was also accompanied by some crispness from the batter, taco and creamy guac that is even worth visiting alone for. The tortilla was one of the biggest factor for me and it did not disappoint. God, it was deliciously good and I’m so happy to taste corn flavor in it & not just flour!128541

Place is small so yes, best thing to do is avoid peak hours and be patient in finding this no signage taco heaven! 128523128149

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
7

Taste my taco? Don't mind if i do... *wink wink*

Had the carnitas over mushroom rice option instead of ala taco. This is an off-menu option for +P60 available for most of the taco variants on the menu. I was skeptical since it didnt seem very Mexican but hey, it worked!!! The mushroom rice sort of reminded me of that "Mexican rice" you'd find in a burrito.

Had that with an all lengua taco 128069128069128069128166 (very apt with how that poster spoke to me) and a refeshing green cocktail called La Fresa.

Btw, it was my first time to come a bit late and past the opening hour so i had to wait outside for a bit. Turn over is quick naman, but its at that moment where i realized how real the hype really is!

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
8

Trooped to La Chinesca (again) last week when i got wind of an off-menu duck taco. I wasn't disappointed to find out it wasn't available anymore when i got this instead... carne asada steak! Is that mashed sweet corn puree its sittin on? If you're a fan of sensei sushi's grilled steak and ooma's hanger steak, this leaf does not fall far from its branch. The Chef Broosy taste is definitely at work here.

Oh and i also had a beef tostada btw.

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Triggerhappyfoodie C.
4.0 Stars
9

Braved weeknight South traffic to sample my cousins favorite taco place.

I wasn't feeling adventurous so I ordered the Camaroncito (shrimp), Carnitas (pork confit) and Carne Asada (hanging tender). Each soft taco was packed with so much stuff. I wasn't sure if I should attack it with utensils or just grab them and get my hands dirty. Each taco was uniquely flavored. I liked the Camaroncito the most because of the shrimp and the cheese. The Carne Asada was ok. I think I didn't enjoy the Carnitas as much because of the pineapple and the bean puree.

The Tuna Tostada was hands down the crowd favorite. Our table ordered this dish after our cousins from the other table kept on saying it was so good. The flavors and different textures were a party in my mouth. If you could only get one dish from here, this is what you should have.

Apparently there is a secret menu of wagyu, duck and one other dish and my cousins forgot to share this tip with us. They still loved the Tuna Tostada over these though.

According to the servers they might open a branch in BGC or Makati eventually. We hinted that we wanted a branch in Ortigas or Kapitolyo, homecourt advantage hahaha On average, guests consume 3 tacos per person. Their record is 9 tacos. Well if I could, I would have ordered everything so I could taste them all. I was saving room for dessert.

The place isn't that big. They could probably comfortably seat 15 people. We were a group of 10 and we had to start eating in batches as the tables became available. Some of us stayed at the bar. Our table was too small for the amount of tacos we ordered. I had to balance a plate on my lap hahaha.

There were 2 or 3 parking slots in front of La Chinesca. We parked in the empty lot across. The attendants gave different parking fees to our cousins. One was charged P30 and the other P40, could be because of the size of their cars. Well we kinda teased them that the parking fee depends on how gwapo the car is hehe

The road trip was truly worth it. I would love to bring hubby here during off peak hours and maybe sit at the bar so I can watch them prepare the food. Definitely squeezing in an order of that 2 piece Tuna Tostada.

#loolooDroneGiveaway

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
3

Last week i saw a post on IG of 2 off menu items i havent tried... the crab flauta and the uni tostada. So alright, thats an automatic to-do for me right there! Dropped by on an early Wednesday before lunch opening and i still wasnt the first in line outside waiting for them to open! On a Wednesday! The place is more popular than i imagined.

That uni tostada, oh man. The creaminess of the uni on a crisp tostada and, as you can see in the 2nd pic, they did not skimp on the star ingredient. They should make this illegal for being so good! If uni weren't so pricey i could eat 10 of those 128517

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Camille S.
4.0 Stars
4

La Chinesca was so hard to find that it took our group 2-3 rounds before we finally saw the place. First, the place had no signs outside that it was La Chinesca. Their signature mask was on the door but it was everyone’s first time here so how would we know? There was also an “open” sign and below it was their operating hours. But again, no restaurant name. Second, the place was too small so it didn’t catch our eye/s right away. We only reached the place because it was only the open restaurant in the building where it was. We had to ask one of our friends to check if the sole store was really La Chinesca.

When we got there, I had the impression that they are serving yummy stuff. Why? First, one of my friends mentioned that La Chinesca’s owner is the same as the owner of Ooma! Second, because the place was packed!! Because we were a large group, we had to bring the waiting chairs outside inside just so we have chairs to sit on. I shared one taco with a friend because I was still full. But when our Carne Asada arrived, I wished I just ordered for myself. The taco was a little small but even though I only had half of it, it was still really flavorful. The hanging tender was soft and the corn salad completed the taco experience.

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
7

Good god. This lamb barbacoa DIY taco set!

Its probably good for 2-3 but with an appetite like mine i was able to down it all by myself.

I cleaned up everything, licked my fingers, and left nothing but the bones from that succulent sous-vide lamb cooked in banana leaves. It had no bitter gamey aftertaste at all. The marinade just cut through the meat like a hot knife. It was so tender you could easily pull the meat apart for your tacos. No utensils here btw so be ready to get your hands finger lickin' good!

Its an off menu item thats been around for a while. But you never know, so come on by while they still have it!

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
6

I've been coming back almost obsessively over their tacos fornthe past few weeks. From the presentation, to the ingredients... Chef Broosy and his kitchen family have outdone themselves. Its really hard to pick a favorite, but do go for the tripita tacos - beef intestine! Its crispy and has a gamey, almost bitter aftertaste, but not overpowering. I was never into laman loob but this was an exception!

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
8

Its been a while Looloo. I have a lot to catch up on, been busy with other priorities (including eating haha) and haven't had much time to post.

Here's one place i've been "busy" going back to. La Chinesca! Best tacos in town! Or, best tacos ever? Every single thing on and off the menu has been nothing short of amazing. Its because of La Chinesca i've now developed this interest for more Mexican inspired food! The creativity of Chef Broosy is evidently at play here. If you're familiar with what he's done with Japanese cuisine at Sensei Sushi... well, this my friends is the Sensei Sushi for Mexican food!!! And just like Sensei, the homey, cozy ambience does have limited seats, and parking even more so so its best to come early. They open at 5pm and by 445pm i've found myself outside waiting with other die-hards for the doors to open.

P.s. that guac is made fresh in front of you!

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Ginny B.
4.0 Stars
3

4.5 stars actually! Just wish they had a bigger space.

Got the carne asada (beef), carnitas (pork), and huachinango (fish), all on soft corn tortilla.

The carnitas is my favorite! First bite and it was bursting with flavors. It had bean puree reminiscent of chili con carne and chicharon for that added crunch and saltiness! YUM. It had a pineapple slice but i opted to take it out.

The fish taco was good as well! First 2 bites were good, but a few mins more, and the corn tortilla turned soggy and ripped apart. Either eat this fast enough or BETTER yet, ask them to serve it in a tostada (fried corn tortilla).🖒🖒 I'd order this again too.

For the carne asada...sadly, it was unmemorable. Tasted flat for me.

Total bill was Php320. Not bad considering the quality and taste! 3 or 4 tacos would be enough; 5 if you're hangry. 128556

Looking forward to trying out their guisada de res (beef shoulder + lengua), tuna tostada, and guacamole!

Notes:
1. The resto has no signage so look for Amalia's (green/yellow sign) instead. It's right beside. Or look for Prime Fitness Gym which is across.
2. The soft corn tortilla tasted like.. well, makunat na corn chips. 128517 You may request for them to fry it into a tostada free of charge.
3. No need to order your tacos all at once. Serving time is quick!
4. Sit by the bar if you can.. just because. 9786
5. Check store hours before going. Closed on Mondays; open 5pm onwards on Tuesdays; close shop 2pm-5pm on other days.

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
9

Taco Night last night at LA CHINESCA w Ony bear!!! 🌮🌮🌮

PLACE: La Chinesca is located along Aguirre Avenue. No signage so there's a high chance of you missing this one so to avoid that from happening, make sure to take note of the following:
- beside Amalia and Ramen Ya
- right across Imbiss and Songkran
- from Phase 3, right after the new Samgyupsal restaurant and the Spa place (left side of the street)
- from Phase 1, right after Central and Prime Fitness Gym (right side of the street)

Once you find this place, prepare yourself to wait. Lucky you if you don't have to. We arrived around 7pm and we were seated right away! 128523But I heard the lines are long especially on weekends. Also, they're closed from 2pm-5pm. Okay? Check the last 2 photos for the schedule and the menu. 128521

The place is just small. Super small. Can only fit at most 15 people. But despite the limited space, the whole place was designed and decorated nicely. Very hip and colorful. 128522

127860 FOOD

They have 7 tacos available -- made with Beef, Pork, Shrimp, Fish, or Goat. And otros (no idea what Otros is but I think "others"? 128540128517) and drinks/cocktails. 127864127867

We tried the following:

🌮 TRIPATAS. The BEST according to the servers. We were seated at the bar so we were able to ask them questions/suggestions. This was highly recommended and that more than anything else, they told us that we should try this. This is made w Beef Intestines, watermelon, chile de arbol, onions, and cilantro. Was it really the best? 🤔

🌮 CARNE ASADA. Hanging Tender, esquites, Chinesca crema, salsa fresca.

🌮 CARNITAS. Achiote pork confit, bean puree, pickled onions, roasted pineapple, chicharron.

🌮 HUACHINANGO. Battered snapper, cabbage, salsa fresca, Chinesca crema, salsa macha.

To answer the question, among the 4 tacos, it was the BEST. It was actually very good. We liked the "weird" taste but it's the good and yummy kind of weird. I just can't exactly explain the taste but we both liked the combination of the beef intestine, the watermelon, and onions. This was our favorite! 128525

The other 3 tacos we tried were all just okay. We liked the Carne Asada the most, followed by the Carnitas, and last was the Fish Tacos. They were good but nothing special or extraordinary since we felt like we can also have good tasting tacos somewhere else. 128563128566

Tacos are priced from 90-110 pesos. Usual taco price. As for the size, it was just right? Hmm, kind of smaller than the usual and only one piece. In all the other Mexican places we've tried, usually there's two pieces of soft taco shells. No idea w the "standard" number of pieces, though. 128563 The toppings were just enough, not too generous but not very very generous as well. Just right. You get a decent amount of meat + veggies/sauce.

Tip: always ask the servers for the off the menu/specials available. During our visit they have 4 specials - 3 tacos (lamb, oyster, and wagyu cheek) and guacamole + chips.

We tried the WAGYU CHEEK TACO (150) since the two guys beside us said that it was really good. Ony and I ordered one right away. One wagyu taco, please? 128513

Was it good? Yes, it was.. but again, NOT OMG I CANNOT IT'S SO GOOD. The wagyu cheek was tender.. melts in your mouth tender. Wagyu was huge enough that despite the fact that we shared one order, we were both still able to enjoy the wagyu without the bitin feeling. Not sure w the ingredients and kind of sauce added but they worked well together. VERY flavorful and tasty. It was good but was just too rich and too flavorful for us.

SERVICE: Excellent! Service was great and fast. Despite the crowd, no customer was left hanging or waiting for too long. I guess, the small place made the task easier because they can easily go back and forth. Also, since we were seated at the bar, we were able to ask questions and were also able to watch them prepare. The servers, though busy w the orders, were still very accommodating. It was fun watching them.

Will I come back?? Yes, for the guacamole and more of the tacos. But just not anytime soon.

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Erick B.
4.0 Stars

I took a vacation leave for this. JK. Well I'm on leave but only partly because of this haha.

The tacos were good. A little small but legit. The flavors are there but didn't have the same wow factor when I tried Lagrima's.

This place is always packed so I recommend you take a leave too so you can get here early lol

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Dennis O.
4.0 Stars
5

My idol Chef Bruce Ricketts is back again in BF Homes. This time away from the Japanese cuisine that we are familiar of him. La Chinesca is a mexican taco shop is the new baby of Chef Bruce. Learned that the actual first love of Chef is mexican food. Now I realized that Sensei Sushi and Ooma dishes are very flavorful and bold are because of his love for mexican food.

La Chinesca is a small tacqueria located along aguirre ave. The place was a bit smokey when we visited the place. Maybe they are still going to improve this since they were still on soft opening when we visited. I love the fun poster they have displayed on their wall and the open kitchen bar lets you watch the blow by blow how your tacos are being made.

Tried 4 variants of their soft tacos and each one of them was so good! The best for me was the Huachinango tacos (90PHP) which was a fish taco that uses a flavorful snapper. The Carne Asada (110PHP) was equally good which got a hanger steak. This reminds me of Ooma Hanger Steak. The other two that I tasted was Camaroncito (Shrimp 90PHP) and Tripitas (Beef Intestines 90PHP) Each one of them got a distinct flavor unlike in other taco shop that I've tasted that more or less tasted the same. We also got to try their off the menu bowl of guacamole (380PHP). This was also a delight and was superb!

Overall a new fun reason to visit BF! To all fan of Chef Bruce rejoice!!! 4 Stars for now because of the smokey heaven like atmosphere.

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