I know I owe you the last part of my Sagada experience, but for some reason, I’m feeling a little burned out about that. I promise I will get back to that, but for now I want to squeeze in a couple of other things first just to change things up and hopefully get myself back on track. I haven’t written a restaurant review in a while, so I’ll start with that.
The only reason why we came here was the place we originally wanted to try was packed and we wanted to try something new. My sister was the one who suggested Papi Chulo’s, a place we were constantly passing to get somewhere else.
It was still pretty early when we got there so there were hardly any people (at one point we were the only diners). The place is alfresco, so the whole gassy-after-Mexican-food thing won’t be too much of a problem. It’s brightly lit, the decor is festive, and servers are friendly, but let’s be honest, all that doesn’t matter if the food is shit, right?
And shit it wasn’t. As is our tradition, we ordered more food than we could handle since it was a new place, and I have to say, everything was pretty tasty. After wasting our server’s time as I cased their pretty short menu, I settled for the Carne Asada Taco. Unlike the taco you might be used to, this one’s soft-shell and no cheese is in sight. But the filling’s substantial and the flavor’s there. I asked them not to put in any cilantro crema because I don’t like cilantro. It’s got some sort of sweet-tasting cream sauce that I didn’t care for, but a dollop of nice, spicy salsa verde fixed that. I also have to say, I couldn’t stop picking at and snacking on those fried onions. Yep, I’d be happy with a bowl of the stuff.
My sister and I also split a Shredded Pork Quesadilla, which was plenty stuffed with tender pork and melty cheese. Again, it came with some sweet creamy sauce, which I scraped off and replaced with salsa verde so I could actually eat it.
My sister had a Pollo Burrito, which she said was a bit spicy for her, but she said it grew on her, which was a miracle since she usually condemns spicy food to hell. Later on, she said she almost regretted giving her leftovers away to a homeless person, so if that’s not a testimony of how good it is, then I don’t know what to tell you. (And yes, that means she can be both good and evil at times.)
Her husband had the Chicken Chimichanga, Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl, and Chipotle Pulled Pork Burrito. In his own words, they were “very Mexican,” which I guess is a good thing, since he hardly had any leftovers.
So, it may not have been our first choice for dinner that night, but it will not be the last time we visit. Next time I’m craving some Mexican food and beer, I would definitely not mind coming back here.
Overall rating: ★★★✭☆
256 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
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