La Chinesca

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

La Chinesca
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  • 17 Reviews
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Category:
Mexican
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 2:00p
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

Manila E.
4.0 Stars
3

08 April 2018
Sunday, 1:15PM

Alabang Food Trip Location #1

Ordered:
Guacamole Otros P380
Tuna Tostada Otros P180
Beef Tostada Otros P220
Uni Taco (Specialty for the day) P380

Living in the Northern part of Metro Manila, I had an exciting day exploring South with my friends. We spent our day eating like there’s no tomorrow at the South. We wanted it to be worth it and hopeful we will be served good food and indeed we are all lucky! We didn’t mind traveling the extra hour to get to our destination from home. We got a table for 4 and for those first timers, it is indeed a tiny place. Expect long lines and your food to be served fresh, flavourful and delicious. Food is ideal for solo diners, so up to you if you want to order more.

Tuna Tostada is a must try. You’ll thank me later. Make sure to wear comfy clothes. Also hoping they get to branch out up North! Heard chef is the same with mastermind behind Ooma, and Sensei.

Will be back soon!

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Kwokie K.
5.0 Stars
3

The usual part of having an overseas based relative here in Manila is to show them the good food Manila has to offer. So, was surprised that my wife’s cousin kept asking me for the food spots that they should go to. This will be a series of reviews to showcase those restaurants we went to –

Restaurant # 3 is La Chinesca!

For my past reviews of La Chinesca, I’ve raved about how good it is! It is actually situated in the BF Homes strip of restaurants – and despite it having no signboard, practically no parking, it’s staffed with 7 folks inside while having seats good for 10 folks on the tables, plus 4 on the bar.

This already being our 3rd or 4th visit, is the only time we were able to order the guacamole since it would always be out before! For this experience, we ordered these:

Carne Asada – Hanging tender, esquites, Chinesca crema, salsa fresca

Camaroncito – Shrimp, chorizo de Chino, potato, pickled onions, sesame leaf, mozzarella

Huachimango – Beer battered fish, cabbage, salsa fresca, lime and XO crema

Carnitas – Achiote pork confit, bean puree, pickled onions, roasted pineapple, chicharron

Wagyu *

Tuna Tostada – Doubanjiang mayo, lime and orange, maggi, onions, peanuts on tuna

Guacamole – Mexican avocado, onions, lime, cilantro, tostadas

My favorites are still the wagyu, the carnitas and the huachimango. Each taco, in my opinion, was really crafted to create that balanced taste! For me, I would never eat pickled onions by itself, but man, it works when you eat the tacos. Each person will probably have at least 3 tacos per seating – and price-wise, we ended up paying Php2000 for the 4 of us.  This for me was worth it, given that you are getting quality food!

The guacamole, even with its limited supply, is just so-so for me. Good to spread along the tacos aside from eating it with the tostadas!

Go early, and don’t bother going late or right smack on meal times – either you’ll be waiting for a really long time or you won’t have parking space anymore. A part of me wants them to expand so it won’t be so difficult getting seats but at the same time, it will ruin that “hole-in-the-wall” experience on what makes it a “food destination.”

The foreigner said it herself, it’s the best tacos she’s had outside of LA. Adding that those places are where all the Mexican’s eat already!

* Disclaimer: off the menu so I couldn’t copy the ingredients so I didn’t really know what was on it other than the fact that this was so good and tender.

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- kwokie -

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars
10

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, La Chinesca!!!!! 127881127881

And since they’re celebrating their first anniversary, just for this weekend, they had a 50% off promo on ALL TACOS (I think the promo is still until 11pm tonight??)

Such a very good deal, right? So we had lunch here last Saturday right right after Ony’s class. Arrived a little after opening (11:20 am) and we were already 2nd in line. Place is pretty small so we had to wait outside for around 30 mins before we were able to get a table. Good thing, Need Coffee is just near so we stayed there. 🤗

FOOD: 4/5 127775127775127775127775

🥑: We ordered the GUACAMOLE (380php) with extra tostadas/chips (10php each) because Avocado is 128154128154128154 and I want to know how a “legit” Guacamole tastes like. This was actually good. I liked how I have the option to eat this w the chips, add on top of my tacos, or eat it as is. Loved that the lemon, onions, and the cilantro weren’t too overpowering and that the avocado was really the star. But for 380, I think this is pricey and not super worth it. Worth a try but I don’t think I’ll get this again here. I’ll just buy avocado and make my own guac at home instead. 128517

🌮: For our tacos, we ordered the following:

128046 CARNE ASADA (Beef): 4/5
128055 CARNITAS (Pork Confit): 4/5 *if you like chicharon and pineapples, omg order this! 127821
127844 CAMARONCITO: 4.5/5
128031 HUACHINANGO (Fish): 4/5
🥩 CAMPECHANO: 4.5/5 (off the menu)

They were all good but if I’ll pick just 2, I’ll get the CAMPECHANO and the CAMARONCITO again even at their regular prices.

CAMPECHANO. This is one good example why you should always ask for the off the menu list.. we tried the Wagyu Tacos before and that is also a good off the menu taco. But for us, this one is yummier and better. 128540 I liked this because the steak was cooked perfectly, it was tender and oh so tasty.

The shrimp is made w mozarella cheese and chorizo making it creamy and extra sinful. It kind of reminded me of my aunt’s shrimp and chorizo omelet only this is a taco version. I liked how generous the shrimps added were and how yummy the taco was especially when added w lime. If you like shrimps, order this! 128521

Next time, I’ll also try the tostadas!! And more tacos!!! 🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮

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Kwokie K.
5.0 Stars
8

La Chinesca is another brainchild of Chef Bruce Ricketts, I guess known more for Mecha Uma in BGC and Sensei also in Aguirre.

I've been to Mecha Uma and while the food is good - it's too rich for my taste as we sampled some of the food, left with a bill in the thousands but could still eat another meal after so not really a fan of that.

But here in La Chinesca, perhaps the location itself is a giveaway that it won't be charging much! Make sure you go on off-peak times, we went way before opening and fell in line and the place gets packed upon door opening. 

People even get drivers to line up for them, thus also having the policy of having every member of the dining party present before they can sit. (But they're open for take-home anyway! So if you're hungry and can't wait anymore, just take them home!)

They don't have a sign outside, so just trust Waze to get you to the spot and look for the organic store beside it and the salon to find the spot - or you can just look for the line. Parking can be a problem, so plan ahead as well!

Various details below:

• Operations: Closed on Mondays, open Tuesday to Sunday - 11am to 2pm, 5pm till they run out of stuff or no one's left.

• From my count, Seats around 16 folks inside. Jam-packed but everyone does get to sit comfortably

• Walls decorated with taco inspired posters, likely from stock images and just layered with a taco 🌮

• Best seats by the counter since you see all the action!

• You get 3 Mexican sauces, salsa roja, Chipotle & salsa verde. 

• Off the menu is the habanero sauce which Chef Bruce does himself !

• Service is pretty much impeccable as the place is small so they can really see everyone, for a place that sits ~15 folks, I saw 6 staff

• The guacamole from Mexican Avocados arrives Friday, and has no other shipment date. We've dined in a few times and we've never gotten to sample it

• Prepare to smell like a Mexican after!

The pictures give a better idea of what we got to taste, but here's the rundown:

• CarneAsada (Php110/taco) - Hanging tender, esquites, Chinesca crema, salsa fresca

• Carnitas (Php100/taco) - Achiote pork confit, bean puree, pickled onions, roasted pineapple, chicharron

• Camaroncito (Php90/taco) - Shrimp, Chorizo de Chino, potato, pickled onions, sesame leaf, mozzarella

• Huachinango (Php90/taco) - Beer battered fish, cabbage, salsa fresca, lime and XO cream

• Tuna Tostada (Php180/ 2 tostadas) - Doubanjiang mayo, lime and orange Maggi, onions, peanuts

• Wagyu (Php???) - off the menu so I don't know what it's made of but it's good! Real Wagyu, not the fake cubes!

Now, my problem is choosing a favorite - I didn't get to eat the Camaroncito (only my wife had it) because of my allergies, but actually choosing a favorite is tough since all of them were good. Seems that Chef Bruce really customized each taco to stand out on its own - while I admit that I'm not too keen on the innards, which is why I didn't order any, the other tables fine with them really like them as well!

BUT if I'm to choose one - the Wagyu still stands out being tender, juicy and tasty. Ask for it as it's off-the-menu and is limited in availability! The Carnitas and the Asada is like the default taco, but another good one for me is the beer-battered fish!

After getting stuffed, we ended up paying Php1000 for the 2 of us - which is not bad at all considering the quality of what you get, and the taste of the tacos you're getting. 

They're saying that they're in talks into moving to a bigger space, but along those lines - I hope they maintain the quality as the primary ingredient to keep the place good and tasty!

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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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