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A Cinco de Mayo fiesta

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Neal P. Corpus

Posted on May 05, 2021

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Celebrate the Mexican holiday with a feast from these Ayala Malls restos.

Cinco de Mayo is usually associated with drinking tequila and having a merry time with friends. But since we’re still stuck at home, it’s as good a time as any to learn what the holiday is actually about — and maybe indulge in some delicious Mexican cuisine while you’re at it.

Contrary to what many people may think, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. That falls on Sept. 16 — this holiday commemorates a victory of Mexico against the French Empire in May of 1862.

It’s a relatively small holiday in Mexico — also known as Battle of Puebla day — but it’s caught on and has become a pop culture mainstay.

Now, we as Filipinos will use anything as an excuse to eat, and it’s the perfect time to support local restaurants at Ayala Malls that take inspiration from and serve delicious Mexican food. Here, we’ve assembled a list of places from where you can assemble your Cinco de Mayo fiesta.

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

Visit Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina at Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls Solenad, and U.P. Town Center.

Just as its name implies, Silantro is the perfect blend of Mexican and Filipino cuisines. Popular dishes like quesadillas, tacos, and burritos are imbued with flavors that appeal to the “panlasang Pinoy”. Just check out that quesadilla bursting with cheese. How can you resist?

Agave Mexican Cantina

Visit Agave Mexican Cantina at Ayala Malls Circuit, Ayala Malls Feliz, and Bonifacio High Street.

There’s a certain “if you know, you know” vibe about Agave, and if you’ve experienced their unlimited margaritas, well, you know it's a good time. There’s certainly more to Agave than that though, and their rich menu offers nothing short of hearty servings of Mexican food.

Gringo

Visit Gringo at Ayala Malls Feliz, Ayala Malls The 30th, and U.P. Town Center.

Gringo offers a pretty wide array of dishes from ribs, chicken, and usual Mexican fare, but the star of this show is arguably the one usually on the sidelines: their side dishes. They’ve got everything from different styles of rice  to potatoes and mushrooms, but the hidden gem is their roasted squash. A must-try!

Chihuahua Mexican Grill

Visit Chihuahua Mexican Grill at Bonifacio High Street and Greenbelt.

Are burrito bowls still considered burritos if they’re not wrapped in a tortilla? Well, the answer is: if they’re just as good, does it even matter? Chihuahua prides itself on its burritos, and of course, live up to the hype. Just look at that delicious-looking steak.

Mexicali

Visit Mexicali at Glorietta.

Did you know that Mexicali has been around in the country for 28 years already? If anything, that’s a testament to the quality of food they serve: jam-packed burritos, juicy tacos of the crunchy and soft variety, and much, much more. They’ve also got a good selection of vegetarian-friendly dishes, too!

You know what pairs well with all of these delicious dishes? Horchata. Check out our feature on El Chapo’s Horchata here.

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