Gringo would always appear in my FB newsfeed, with its mouthwatering food photos popping everywhere nonchalantly luring me to give it a try. And as a lover of Mexican food, how can I say no? The reviews are awesome, the place seems chic and cool, and the food looks enticing enough to even ignore it or postpone a visit. Their strong advertising mechanism practically worked on me, huh.
So on a random lunch out friends, I invited them to check out Gringo in Burgos Circle Taguig and celebrate the birthday of our friend. The subtle yet cheerful vibe of Gringo on a laid-back Sunday afternoon was right on spot for a festive celebration that day. There was an innate feeling of warmth when servers welcomed us with grins on their faces, who generously shared their knowledge on the menu and catered to our needs accordingly.
To start off, we had Whole Gringo Original Chicken accompanied with three sides: Mashed Potato, Mexican Rice and Garlic Rice for Php 648. The baked chicken had the apparent taste of lemon and herbs, making it zesty and tangy. It was fork tender and good, but it was too sour for my liking. The delicate charred skin of the chicken was tasty and savory though.
By default it is served with two sauces, Lemon Herb and Hot so you can adjust the taste to your preference and check which suits your tastebuds. I like the combination of both, but the Hot stood out for this main course.
The Nacho Grande (Php 265) redeemed the chicken and sort of neutralized the sour aftertaste. The enormous serving of corn chips was abundantly sprinkled with shredded beef, creamy cheese sauce, tomatoes and onions – an absolute winning appetizer that would set the mood right with its party of flavors and spices.
The Mexican Rice(Php 75) was unforgettable for me. The tomato relish in the rice was amazing. It complemented the chicken well in terms of taste, and can be side dish on its own already.
I had no photo of the Mashed Potato (Php 60), but it was likewise a nice treat. It was smooth and creamy that balanced out the rich flavors that afternoon. It didn’t fail my expectations of what an outstanding side dish it ought to be, as my favorite comfort food.
Also not captured in the photo is the Truffle Queso Quesadilla (Php 145) which was warm and cheesy inside that deserves a title of its own, with a gorgeous portrait the next time around.
The over-all interiors of Gringo was warm to the eyes and truly pleasant to take memorable shots. The mix of colors, wall paintings, lamps and cute trinkets exuded a cheerful ambiance where dining is made more appetizing. Might I add, the service is quick and efficient. I will definitely go back sometime to take a heavy feast on one of my favorite cuisines and create more memories with people dear to me.
It absolutely gives you the value for your money with its good food, service and lively atmosphere – a recommended place for friends, just like what the tagline shouts.
The Fort Residences, 30th Corner 2nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Phone number: 02 4787503
Opening hours: 11 AM to 3 AM