Chihuahua is the kind of place that you want to find yourself in when:
a. You are hungry and/or craving casual Mexican food.
b. You’re in the mood for spicy food, preferably the kind you can eat with your hands.
c. You are drunk and need to fill up on food to counteract the booze.
d. You were drunk. Now you have a hangover and need to fill up on food to counteract the booze.
e. You want a really good, really hearty breakfast, and you aren’t afraid to use your hands to eat your first meal of the day.
f. You want good food that goes well with booze. You also want to be able to pick your booze.
There are other reasons, but these are the first six that come to mind. The restaurant offers a selection of really good, really savory tacos, burritos, and a host of other Mexican dishes that you can pile hot sauce on. The restaurant features a hot sauce area filled with different brands and intensities of the hot stuff, as well as ingredients that you can mix and match to create the side sauce of your choice. They also offer an impressive enough array of alcoholic beverages that they are quite willing to serve at any time to paying lushes.
One of the best times to come Chihuahua (which is open until 3am, which is pretty late, or early, depending on how you look at it) is during weekend brunch time. This way, you don’t feel so bad when ordering a big, met-filled dish, pairing it with something alcoholic, then capping the whole thing with dessert so sinful the restaurant should have customers sign waivers for their immortal souls.
The Breakfast Tacos (Php295) are three taco shells filled with a glorious combination of crumbled sausage, its oils adding to its savory flavor, topped with the requisite salsa and some cheese in an attempt to make the dish seem healthy. This is a beautiful, beautiful dish, the kind you must have after a night of drinking, just before you stagger home to sleep the weekend away.
If you’re really hungry, grab the Breakfast Burrito (Php295), a girthy wrap filled with rice, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, and a variety of unknown but tasty breakfast meats. Hard to go wrong with this, really.
Don’t forget to pair your dishes with something alcoholic, because really, it’s not a good brunch if you don’t get at least a little bit tipsy. Chihuahua has a bunch of tequila-based cocktails, all priced at Php195 a glass. A fairly sizable one, too. Aside from the regular Tequila Sunrise, which is made up of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup, there is also the Paloma is composed of tequila, ruby red, and fizz and the Maya Magic, which is tequila, triple sec, and pineapple and cranberry juices. There’s also a choice of draft and imported beers as well as the Michelada (Php95), an interesting beer cocktail.
But wait! The meal’s not over yet. You have to end with something sweet, and in this case, it’s the Capirotada (Php195), a Mexican bread pudding made with cinnamon, syrup, nuts and raisins. Chihuahua’s version is deconstructed, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and served in a metal mixing bowl. It was made to be messily eaten. The dessert is very sweet, and is to be shared.
There are many reasons to like Chihuahua. A hearty, meat-filled, potentially alcoholic brunch is one of them.
Chihuahua Mexican Grill
8783 Makati Ave. (in front of A Venue)