Mexicali

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

Mexicali
4.0
4.0 Stars

4 Reviewers

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  • 4 stars 2
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 7 Reviews
  • 27 Recommend
  • 4 Reviewers
Category:
Mexican
Business Hours
Open: 10:00a - 8:30p
Phone
+6328951919

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 8:30p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 8:30p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 8:30p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 8:30p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 8:30p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 8:30p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 8:30p

Payment Options

Cash

Price Range

₱89 - ₱395

Most Recent Reviews

Giankarlo P.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Karllo M.
3.0 Stars

It's not Mexicale per se. It's actually a subsidiary of Mexicali: El Chupacabra

the sign say's it all

cheap beer
tacos
bbq

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Lesley Ardelle V.
5.0 Stars

This is the 2nd night in a row that I’ve been here, the 4th time overall, and this is my 3rd review for this place. El Chupacabra, I guess you have made your mark on me. Maybe the looloo crew should consider adding El Chupacabra as a separate restaurant from Mexicali, since it transforms during the night? Hehe.

Anyway, seems like I am the only one who has been submitting reviews for this place for looloo (so far), so you will have to take my word for it that you MUST.TRY.IT.OUT. The Mexicali menu is still available (I made a mistake in my 1st review, sorry), but when you look around at the other tables, nobody is ordering burritos or tacos or dessert: it’s all about the grungy barbecue & grilled street food, baby (and the cheap beer)!

Last night, aside from my usual order of street tacos (I try to order a different filling each time), we also ordered the Super BBQ (the JUMBO size), and a sizzling plate of San Francisco Style All-Lean Pork Sisig. You read that right: ALL LEAN, meaning, NO FAT. Just yummy, juicy, diced meat with peppers, onions and an egg. Oh my. It was delicious. And paired with my steak street taco and pork BBQ? I was in carnivore heaven. They serve spicy vinegar with the pork BBQ (which is also FAT FREE, and only for 20 pesos!), but I discovered that it tastes better if you dip the pork in their garlic sauce. Yum.

If you want to have a laid-back, “chill” hangout after work, this is the place to go. With the colorful chairs, yellow lights, and the balmy breeze, it feels as if you’re thrown into Mexico, for real (ok, maybe except for the tricycles parked nearby and the balut vendors patrolling outside). It also helps with the authenticity that the nearby tables are occupied by the Mexican owner / general manager (Carlos. He’s always there), and his other Mexican friends. Other nationalities hang out there a lot, too, so it feels like one big melting pot within that small space. Last night, the table near us was occupied by 2 Filipinos, a Swiss-Sri Lankan, and a Caucasian (wasn’t able to ask where he was from), and we witnessed the Swiss-Sri Lankan try balut for the first time. LOL. Somebody even suggested that El Chupacabra start serving “balut taco.” Carlos wasn’t convinced, nor was he amused. Haha.

So when you finally try this place out (please do!), say hi to Carlos and tell him that I pointed you in his direction! The regular patrons won’t be too happy that their “secret” hole-in-the-wall is being revealed to the world (it’s starting to get really crowded, the word is out!), but your tummy will be thankful to you for feeding it some unpretentious Mexican street food.

Helpful tip: Parking can be quite difficult along that street , so I suggest you park somewhere along Polaris Street, near Handle Bar, and then just walk the short distance to El Chupacabra.

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Lesley Ardelle V.
4.0 Stars

So I am here for the 2nd night in a row, and tonight, I order more food, partly to satisfy my street taco cravings and partly to show-off to my sister (who joined us tonight) that "hey I am teaching you something new and something awesome, pay attention!" Hehe.

This time, I tried the Carne Asada (Steak) street taco (Php 80) and the Lengua street taco (Php 120). We also ordered some Aussie Dimsims (jumbo fried dumplings, 4 pieces per serving) to share. And 3 pieces of Super Pork Barbecue (all meat, no fat!)

The Mexicali street tacos are more expensive at Php 250 for 2 pieces; I guess since El Chupacabra is new, they're offering them for a cheaper price than in their daytime menu. :) no complaints here!

We got to talk to the Owner / General Manager, too (he likes saying hello to all of his guests) and we learned that they named the bar "El Chupacabra" as a novelty...so the people who know its meaning will have an affinity to it, and so people who don't will be curious enough to inquire about it. Clever.

Tonight, I only give it 4 stars because, although the food is still HELLA good, the lengua street tacos took so long to be served to us. There was only 1 person manning the grill (he cooks all the street tacos and the barbecue) so I guess orders can get a bit backed-up. But when it arrived -- ohmygosh, the first bite was awesome. The meat was just SO juicy and tender and flavorful. I wish it could have been bigger, though. Their servings are kinda small. Bitin ang isa.

But overall, it was still a pretty good dining experience: very laid back and "chill." :)

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Lesley Ardelle V.
5.0 Stars

Mexicali by day, El Chupacabra by night. Yeah, it's a weird name (and maybe the owner wasn't informed about the meaning of part of the name, in Filipino slang), but if you are craving for authentic Mexican street food, this is the place to go. It's the first "Chupacabra Bar" in the Philippines, so that's saying something. For the curious, "Chupacabra" means "goat sucker." I have no idea what its significance is to a bar / restaurant. Haha.

The Mexicali menu isn't available during the night (starting 5 pm) but in it's place comes street tacos cooked on a grill right outside the store. They have carne asado, pork carnitas, chicken and San Francisco all lean pork sisig as taco fillings. The meat is mixed in with onions and cilantro, and wrapped in a soft but toasted, thin taco shell.

They also serve beer, in single bottles or buckets, and rum. So this is a good place to just hang out with friends for a few after-office beers (and good food!).

I came here after my 3-hour workout at 360 Fitness Club, so I was FAMISHED. I ordered 1 sisig and 2 chicken street tacos, to share with my boyfriend, and they totally hit the spot. ANG SARAP!!! I wanted to order more sisig, pero sayang naman workout ko. Haha.

Try it, please! Great food, chill ambiance, not too crowded!

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Joe H.
4.0 Stars

Best time to go here is when their neighbors arent using the videoke yet. Very nice small resto with amazing food

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Joe H.
3.0 Stars

Food and service was good..burritos are excellent..location was not..

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