Ever since the man behind the once-popular Tequila Joe's opened Ristras, a Mexican Revival has swept Manila and has led to the opening of really good Mexican restaurants (Tex-Mex, Cal-Mex, and other Mexican variations) in the metro. The market has even come to accept buying really good burritos at the P250-P300 range.
One of Manila's recent favorites is the home-style Mexican place in the Fort Strip called Órale!, which is named after the Mexican expression for "OK!" or "Alright!" or the slang for "Hell yeah!" or "Right On!"
The husband and wife team of Nikki and Lexandra Confiado did a great job of creating a street food-inspired taqueria from Mexico and Northern California.
Órale! Traditionals Menu | Drinks | Antojitos, Taco Salad, Fiesta Salad | Extras
The mural highlighting Mexican icons is the focal point of the almost-bare space (with just wood and cement finish).
You can play iSpy Mexican-version all day...
iSpy... Frida Kahlo, Luchadors (Mexican Wrestlers), Carlos Santana, El Chicharito (the new Mexican football sensation), Our Lady of Guadalupe, Volkswagen beetle, and an Aztec calendar.
This gets my vote as one of the best salsas in Manila because of the clean, homemade taste of its ingredients. I personally like the hot Salsa Inferno.
We realized this place was special when we first tasted the tortilla chips, which they made from scratch. They had this interestingly different cookie-like crunch and unique flavor (versus the usual bland ones).
Note: I hear their corn on the cob is equally good...
I liked the way the fat burrito was wrapped tightly. The roast beef and rice were both flavorful and complemented each other nicely. Everything seemed to be cooked well and combined effortlessly.
The grilled prawn they used was big and grilled to juicy perfection. All the additional toppings and ingredients were carefully put together -- we couldn't ask for anything more.
The serving sizes are big and good for two people.
This was my first time to taste Michelada, which is like a Mexican version of the Bloody Mary. It was served at room temperature. I love Corona, but this was really bad (for me).
Órale! is not known for their drinks. Has anyone tried their margarita?
Overall, I love Órale!'s homemade touches, street food-inspired simplicity and Mexican food flavors. It is not just-another-Mexican-taqueria that opened just to hop on the Mexican craze.
I admit I've never been to Mexico, but I imagine this is the closest taste I can get to the real thing.
Órale! Taqueria Mexicana
The Fort Strip, 7th Avenue corner 28th Street
(located where Go Nuts Donuts used to be)
Bonifacio Global City
Telephone: +632 552-2660
Facebook: Órale! Taqueria Mexicana
To know more about the story of Órale!, check out Cheryl Tiu's write-up on Órale!
Check out Mexican Restos in Manila: http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/mexican/
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: We paid for our meals and we are not connected in any way with the owners of this establishment.
★ Happily recommended :)
P.S. They started in the Rockwell Bazaars last year and they were known as "Chilaquiles" :)