It was through the Instagram account of the guys from EACH that I discovered Chef Bruce Ricketts has finally made his way back to the south.
It’s been awhile and a lot has happened: Bruce, along with The Moment Group, opened Mecha Uma in BGC and wowed the Manila dining scene.
He, along with The Moment Group again, followed it up with Ooma and continued to wow the Manila dining scene. All throughout however, he’d tease his guests and make his love for Mexican cuisine known.
So Chef Bruce Ricketts opening La Chinesca on Aguirre, a stone’s throw away from his original Sensei Sushi is like him coming in full circle.
Believe the hype: La Chinesca is gooooood. There’s hardly any more to add, except this: The guacamole is hands-down the best in town. You may find it steep at P380, but it’s worth it.
According to Bruce, the guacamole is off the menu because he needs to control the supply. Avocados are shipped in, unripe, from Mexico via Japan and the ripening process takes place in Manila.
Served with hard shell taco, it’s really just makes more sense to mix and mash everything together, with the option for his home-made hot sauce. Served in a mortar bowl, I think the dish is meant for two, but it’s easy to finish whole thing solo flight in less than five minutes. I know I did.
The guac was so good, I had to try another offering: tacos. I ordered the Carne Asada (P110), an open-faced taco with hanging tenders, corn, salsa, and herbs. And I must say, prepare to get messy! This taco drips, and the experience of folding it into a pinch with your fingers and shoving it in your mouth is one for the books. Again: You absolutely must try this with his hot sauce.
To wash everything down, I ordered their take on the Michelada (P180), which is a beer cocktail meant to cure hangovers. You can choose from two base beers:San Mig Light or Red Horse. I had the latter of course. What started off as a confusing first sip ended up in a refreshing finish of downing the tall glass beer mixed with lime juice and a variety of sauces (Worcester!).
It just opened this week and we’re calling it: La Chinesca will be labeled as one of 2017’s best. For those in the south, better enjoy our home-grown Mexican hole in the wall soon, as seating will a pain in the coming months. To give you an idea: There are only four tables, 15 seats, and no signage. If you’re trying to visualize their location, it’s right beside Amalia’s along Aguirre Avenue.
248 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Paranaque. +63 2 7380724. 11am-3pm, 5pm-10pm.
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