It’s always happy hour at Gringo’s newest branch in Legazpi Village
The Latin chicken and ribs joint now has a full bar.
Gringo: Chicken, Ribs, and Friends
G/F OPL Building, C. Palanca corner de la Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
(SPOT.ph) Tucked a few steps below street level at the OPL Building in Legazpi Village, the newest branch of Latin joint Gringo feels like a refuge from the hustle and bustle of busy Makati. The enthusiastic hola you receive as you enter sets the tone for Gringo as the place where you can let loose and have fun with generous servings of good food and drinks shared among friends. And with Gringo’s full bar, a Makati branch exclusive that is equipped with an intensive drink menu, you and your friends can stay well past happy hour.
A cozy refuge
Gringo Original Chicken
Gringo Southern Spice Chicken
Gringo Baby Back Ribs
Chicken and ribs are still the star of Gringo’s newest branch. Their chicken after all is the kind you’d want to come back for again and again. The Gringo Original Chicken (P148 to P648) is herby and tangy with hints of lemon, and the Gringo Southern Spice Chicken (P158 to P655) continues to deliver the same intense punch of good spicy flavor. Gringo Baby Back Ribs (P325 to P1,099) are fall-off-the-bone soft and tender, covered in a sticky sweet-spicy glaze you won’t be able to resist licking off your fingers.
Crispy Pork Belly with Mango Salsa
Lemon Garlic Butter Crab
But while we can’t let go of our favorites, it’s always a good idea to try something new. After all, everything in Gringo’s menu looks promising, and it’d be a shame to overlook some gems, like the Crispy Pork Belly With Mango Salsa (P265). The dish is chockful of Fil-Mex flavors with crunchy pork belly that reminds us of chicharon covered in a Mexican-inspired sticky glaze. It comes with a cool and fresh mango salsa that we recommend eating with the pork belly to balance out the strong flavors with a touch of sweetness. There’s also the Lemon Garlic Butter Crab (P155/100g), with giant red crabs that will immediately make your mouth water, covered in a zesty butter sauce and made crunchier with garlic.
Chili Con Carne Crispy Taco
Porky Pork Belly Street Taco
Of course, no Latin joint is complete without our Mexican favorites, nachos and tacos, and Gringo is no exception. The Chili Con Carne Crispy Taco (P88) is a flavorful delight, with the crispy taco shell providing the perfect contrast to the sweet-spicy and intensely flavored chili con carne. The Porky Pork Belly Street Taco (P105) also plays with textures, from the lightly toasted wrap to the crunchy pork belly made tangier with sour cream and hints of lemon. The Nacho Grande (P265) is definitely grand, both in servings and flavors, with crunchy corn chips covered in generous servings of melted cheese, shredded chicken, beans and again, that hint of lemon that just works so well with balancing everything out.
Mango Cream Sticky Rice
We know it’s almost impossible to ask, but do leave room for dessert because the Mango Cream Sticky Rice (P165) is a must-try. Mix the sticky rice (which reminds us of biko), sweet ripe mango, cream, tapioca, and ice cream all together for a sweet treat that will cool down your palate.
El Gringo Margarita
Exclusive to Gringo in Legazpi Village is the full bar, serving a wide range of local and imported beers, and hard liquor as well as cocktail coolers. Spend your Friday night out here, and order the Capitan Mango (P160/glass, P580/carafe), similar to a mango smoothie but with the kick of vodka. The El Gringo Margarita (P360/glass) is not just IG-worthy; the fruity mix of strawberry, mint, lime, tequila, and Corona beer is also the perfect reward after a stressful work week—or day. The promise of our favorite Latin comfort food and deliciously refreshing cocktails with just the right kick will definitely turn hanging out at Gringo in Makati into a regular habit.
If you find that you can’t wait until your next lunch break or night out for a quick chicken and ribs fix, here’s a little known fact: Gringo also delivers!
Photos by Majoy Siason