New Restaurant Alert: Papi Chulo’s at BF Homes, Parañaque
This is not your typical Mexican restaurant.
256 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday to Thursday and Sunday) and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday and Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) It’s getting harder and harder to find a good restaurant that hits the spot on the first try, but Papi Chulo’s, a newly opened Mexican joint in the South, will instantly charm you with its funky, laid-back vibe and mouthwatering menu.
“Chill and steady,” says chef and owner Martin Espiritu when asked to describe the place. Martin only started with a food bazaar when his mom hosted an event and had no idea what to sell at her free stall. It was a hit so he decided to open a restaurant with some childhood friends.
Papi Chulo’s literally translates to “Pimp Daddy.” The place reflects that fierce, take-no-bull attitude of Mexican gangsters; think of it as the perfect venue for a cholo-themed party. They even went as far as making sure there are always Mexican hip-hop songs playing in the background.
It has unpolished elements like concrete walls, and the mismatched chairs add to the eclectic look. There’s also Día de los Muertos art which definitely adds some spunk. In a nutshell, it’s a place where you can bond with friends, and food is only half the experience.
Chicharon Bulaklak Taco
A trip here wouldn’t be complete without the Chicharon Bulaklak Taco (P125). The salty-savory flavor is balanced with pickled cucumber, pico de gallo, and sweet soy. It’s crunchy and trust us when we say it won’t disappoint. There’s also the Shrimp Quesadilla (P180), which is overflowing with gooey melted goodness. It is a classic with just shrimp, cheese, and cilantro crème, but it’s really tasty.
Chamoy Short Plate
If you want something heavier, you can try the Chamoy Short Plate (P260). It’s a 16-hour sous-vide short plate with potatoes, beet purée, Mexican chamoy sauce, and fried onions. The incredibly tender beef chunks will get your taste buds going. The Honey Chipotle Belly (P245), eight-hour sous-vide pork ribs served with cilantro garlic rice, esquites, and pico de gallo is also such a winner that you’ll probably want another one for takeout.
Tuna Agua Chile
Feel like something with a bit of Filipino flair? Papi Chulo’s Chorizo Burrito (P245) has Filipino-style chorizo, refried beans, rachera rice, pico de gallo, fried onions, potato sticks, cheddar, and crème.
If you'd rather go for something on the light side, there's the Tuna Agua Chile (P210), or fresh tuna with agua chile lime marinade, onions, cucumber, and sweet soy. This simple dish with a kick is so versatile that you can eat it as an appetizer, but it's also suitable for dinner. You’ll also love the Truffle Elote (P185), corn on the cob slathered with crème and parmesan. Guaranteed, it will be gone the minute it’s served on your table.
Classic Margarita, Pineapple Margarita
If you’re hanging out with friends, Papi Chulo’s is a lively place at any hour. You can order tequila and other drinks from the cocktails list. Stick with the simple but well-crafted Classic Margarita (P165) or try the refreshing Pineapple Margarita (P145). Just a tip: Watch for their unlimited margarita promo soon!
It's very likely that Papi Chulo’s will become one of the latest additions to your Mexican food repertoire, and we can only say, "¡Ándale!"
Photos by Jericho San Miguel