CHECK IT OUT: Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina at East Capitol Drive, Pasig City
Mexican goodness with a Filipino twist
75 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo
Tel. No. 0917-508-4748
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
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(SPOT.ph) Hold your punches, we’re not here to fight! While the boxing community is abuzz about the recent thrilling matches with Mexico, a match made in heaven is happening in Silantro’s kitchen and the eaters are the winners. Say hello to a new Fil-Mex cantina, wearing one of everyone's favorite herb for a crown. Yes, we mean cilantro.
The owners Chot Sanchez and Paolo De Venecia have been perfecting this marriage between Filipino and Mexican cuisine in Dagupan, where they started this cantina. This is probably where it gets its "uy" factor-when you see something familiar or comforting and you stop by to check it out. The space is a curious mix of rough and cozy, likely caused by the basic wooden benches and the lucho posters on the wall.
The bare essentials are precisely what Silantro wants to offer. Their menu has all the fundamentals of a Mexican food place but with a Filipino touch, extending to hospitality via generous servings. Their plateful of Beef Nachos (P160) has chunks of premium Angus beef as opposed to the typical ground meat variety. No olives in it either, just tomatoes and cheese and again, yes, cilantro. Averseness to spicy food won't stop you from appe-teasing yourself with their Calliente Wings (P170), hot enough to leave a tangy feeling on your lips but not the kind that makes you cough and rush for a glass of milk.
Cilantro is sprinkled over their Lucho Tacos as well, and you can choose from the basic chicken and beef to lamb and lengua. Their hard-shell taco has enough crunch for a good loud bite but is soft enough not to disintegrate if you slice it with your spoon. They offer Ligero (P65), Medio (P85) and Completo (P100) servings, your choice of single, double or triple meat respectively.
A little cup of green salsa is served with your meal of choice and it partners well with the Silantro Burrito (P160). The tortilla snuggly wraps a hearty helping of rice, beef and lengua. No beans here, but the flavor does not fall short. Even biting on the rice side fills your mouth with herby Mexican goodness. Once you've had your fill, you can wash it all down with a glass of Mojito (P110) that actually contains the taste of tequila.
Silantro definitely has a fighting chance in the competition for a space in your stomach.
Photos by Lio Mangubat