October 12, 2011
Every time we eat a burrito in Mexican restos in Manila, we always feel full and bloated after. Faburrito intends to change that by offering healthy burritos that you can enjoy without the guilt.
Promising to only serve natural ingredients with no sugar, no MSG and no preservatives, they also prepare everything fresh daily. Biodegradable packaging and utensils are used whenever possible.
Faburrito is designed to be a Christian business where employees are treated well, part of the proceeds go to a good cause and customers are assured that the food is made only with the good stuff. It's an interesting concept but very niche.
Here is our Faburrito experience:
The restaurant has three dining areas: the first floor, second floor and al fresco area. The first floor has narrow tables and is designed for efficient queues at the counter. The second floor appears to be the most popular among its customers.
Ordering the burrito is a no-nonsense affair. The process has been designed in such a way that you can get your order in a few minutes with the open kitchen setup.
Christian music plays in the background while you order and enjoy your food.
The menu might seem a bit confusing at first. Just keep in mind that they have fixed pricing depending on the choice of meat -- there's Mango BBQ Chicken (P270), Cajun Beef (P285), Peppered Pork (P270) and Fajita Vegetables (P270).
You can order it in the form of a burrito, bowl, tacos or salad. You can then add salsa, fillings and dressing to your liking.
They use healthy ingredients in the burrito -- whole wheat tortilla, brown rice and black beans.
You can pick from different types of salsa:
- Fresh Salsa (Freshly chopped red tomatoes, onions and cilantro blended for a mildly tangy fresh taste)
- ★ Mango Salsa (Sweet, succulent, chopped mango blended with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and spices for a spicy yet sweet flavor)
- Grilled Corn Salsa (Grilled corn blended with tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime juice)
- ★ Onion Salsa (Grilled onions, tomatoes, garlic and other spices blended into a spicy onion salsa)
We recommend the Mango Salsa if you like it sweet, or the Onion Salsa if you want something different.
★ Mango BBQ Chicken Burrito (P270). Chicken marinated in mango and chili, then grilled until crispy, sweet and tangy with brown rice, black beans, cucumber yogurt, jack cheese and your choice of salsa, all wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla.
It tasted clean, almost bordering on bland. Adding more mango salsa and balsamic vinaigrette sauce helped heighten the flavors. If you're looking for a spicy kick, you can order their habanero chili to go with your burrito.
It would have been nicer if the chicken in the burrito was served hotter. The meat cooled down right after putting all the sauces.
The soup was a bit bland even though it had that veggie aftertaste.
Cajun Beef Tacos (P285). US tenderloin beef marinated in our Cajun spices, then grilled to a juicy medium rare in four whole wheat soft tortillas with your choice of salsa, lettuce, cabbage and jack cheese.
I'm not used to eating soft wheat tacos, so I made a bit of a mess eating it. The ingredients were falling off after each bite.
We tried the four dressings with our tacos:
- Mango Vinaigrette (A sweet and sour vinaigrette dressing made from fresh mangoes)
- ★ Pineapple Coulis (A sweet and refreshing dressing made from fresh pineapples)
- ★ Balsamic Vinaigrette (Classic balsamic vinaigrette with an added kick)
- Cucumber Yogurt (Yogurt, cucumber and garlic mixed into a refreshing and creamy blend)
Surprisingly, we liked the Balsamic Vinaigrette best with our tacos. If you prefer something sweet, we recommend the Pineapple Coulis.
The Cucumber Yogurt was lacking in flavor, unlike the ones found at good shawarma places.
For their drinks, they use fresh tea and honey (no sugar added). They were light and a bit diluted in taste.
Order the Mint Green Tea if you want to taste more of the tea, or go for the Fruit Green Tea if you like the fruity kind of drink.
Overall, I like their concept of serving healthy burritos, which you can enjoy over and over again. I must admit it was a bit bland at first bite, but we got around to enjoying it as we added more salsa and dressings. It's also a plus that after eating the burrito and tacos, we didn't feel bloated -- it felt just right.
If you are going to watch plays or musicals in RCBC Plaza or if you are in the Makati Medical Center area and are looking for a healthy meal, drop by Faburrito.
I would like to commend the owner, Earl Chua, for being bold enough to get into this highly niche market for healthy Mexican food. Hopefully, more healthy restos like Faburrito would set up shop in Manila soon.
Faburrito Fresh Mexican Grill
G/F Tower 2, The Columns, Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Telephone: +632 576-3533
Video Blog: http://www.faburrito.com/blog
Open from Monday to Saturday, 11am to 12mn. Closed on Sunday.
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: We paid for our meals. We met the owner through JCI Manila.
★ Happily recommended :)
P.S. The owner runs a video blog on Faburrito. Check out his latest episode (#9) to get an insider's view: