One of the restaurants gaining huge attention recently is Silantro along East Capitol Drive, in Kapitlyo, Pasig City. If you remember our earlier post, we had originally meant to dine at Silantro one night, but ended up in Tomahawk (which is awesome, in case you haven’t seen our post yet), due to the large number of groups waiting for their tables at Silantro. That time, we were at Silantro at about 7:30 PM, so we figured it was rather expected that they’d have long queues (no actual queues, though, only people randomly crowded outside). So this one Saturday afternoon, after we’ve finished our usual fares at Rockwell, we decided to head straight to Silantro.
We got there at 5:30, and to our surprise, it was already packed and there were already queues for tables. We had to wait around thirty minutes for our table, but thankfully they allowed us to place our orders already. They had some stools for those who are queued up, but if you come at an even busier time, you’d probably have to wait by the road side.
Since we were quite early, we were able to comfortably sit on the sides, where they had al fresco tables too.Though if you’re seated at these outdoor tables, it probably won’t feel good to have that many people lingering around you.
When we finally got our table after about thirty minutes, our drinks came first – Mojito (Glass) for just P90. Not the best Mojitos in town, but I couldn’t ask for more for just P90. You can upgrade to their unlimited Mojitos for just P250. We weren’t planning on staying for long, so the P90 ones were just right.
For our starters, we got their Beef Quesadillas (P160). It was really good and cheesy, and came in a really good size for just P160. A person (who isn’t a big eater) can actually have it as a main entree already. They didn’t slice the pieces, so you’d have to take your knife and fork to be able to eat it more conveniently. If you look at it on the value-for-money perspective, it was definitely good. I especially loved the freshly-cut skin-on fries, which was fried and seasoned quite nicely. I found myself having more of the fries than the quesadilla, to be quite honest.
After seeing how big the quesadilla was, we already felt we might have over-ordered. But screw that fact, and we continued to eagerly look forward to our next food. What came was one of their house specialties – Lucho Tacos. D chose their Medio size (P95), which came with two types of meat (you can choose) and came in a hard-shell taco. Lengua and Barbacoa beef were our choices, to be exact.
Their tacos were a win, and if there’s anything worth coming back for, it would be their tacos. The meats were cooked and seasoned well, and the salsa had just the right amount of onions in it. A little too much green, leafy stuff, if you ask me, but real good nonetheless. I’d probably have soft-shell ones next time, though, since I always have a hard time eating hard shell tacos (and just always end up cracking the thing open and eating them using cutleries).
Burritos are always my thing when dining at a Mexican joint, so despite looking at all the blog reviews which suggested other items, I decided to have Silantro’s Burrito (P180). The size is really good for its price, though admittedly, it’s not the best burrito I’ve had. The rice didn’t have that Mexican spice taste to it, and it just felt like they cooked it in basic tomato sauce. Not very well seasoned too, but the meat (which had bits of ox tongue) was quite good, however still without that kick of Mexican spices. Best to have their tacos rather than their burritos when you get the chance.
Steaks are always D’s thing, so he went with the Macho Lucha Steak (P360). It wasn’t very tender, he says, and they smothered it in brown sauce (which I don’t like in usual Pinoy steaks). It was all good nevertheless, as you don’t really come expecting much from steak which only costs this much. Shouldn’t be a problem if you’re feeling extra carnivorous, and just want a taste of good old carne. D vouches more for the tacos, which he’s already excited to have again.
All in all, a pretty good experience for us in Silantro. Really good value-for-money, more than anything, as the portions are very generous for what they’re worth. I’d still prefer hardcore Mex or Tex-Mex joints since I love the strong Mexican spice taste to things. We’d likely come back for the tacos and the unlimited Mojitos, and get some friends with us. Hopefully the queues ease up soon, since I doubt if they do reservations.
Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina
75 East Capitol Drive,