Mexican restaurants have been popping up all over, one after another, giving us option after option in wherever part of the city we are. One new entrant to the scene is Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, located across the party place A Venue.
One thing they are known for is their wall of hot sauces, some readily available for customers to try their taste buds against. Some of the rarer bottles are for personal use of the owners, Elian Habayeb and Ines Cabarrus. They have painstakingly accumulated their collections, most of which are not available locally.
We were served some drinks and chips while we waited for other people to arrive. I had some Country Time lemonade while Irene had Chihuarita (P195), their version of the margarita that packs quite a kick.A bowl of Nacho Grande (P245) accompanied the drinks, this was one of my favorites of the night. Packed with everything from salsa, cheese, chili to guacamole. There’s a slight spiciness you can taste from the wonderful chili they make. It gets progressively spicier as the chips on the bottom absorb more of the spicy flavors.You might notice the bowl where the nacho was served is stainless steel. This gives it a utilitarian feel to it but I think dissipates heat more quickly.
Ordering is super simple whatever meat you choose be it pork, steak or chicken in whatever form, either as a a burrito, taco, burrito bowl or salad, the price is the same at P295. From there you can add sidings like the Mexican rice (P90/above) and drinks to your orders.
I picked a Steak Burrito (P295), seeing as they don’t make it as hefty as others do. What it lacks in heft in more than makes up in taste. The steak is very well grilled and flavorful, its no wonder when I later found out that they only use USDA beef.
Irene choose Pork Tacos (P295) as her main dish that night but we were quite surprised at the sparseness when it was laid on the table. The tacos we were expecting were supposed to be filled up with veggies and cheese, while the one we had that night was quite different as you can see. The consolation was the pork tasted really good.
The hands down winner for both of us was the Tortilla Soup (P160). Cooked for a number of hours, the tomato and corn based soup tasted so refreshingly good yet had a diverse flavor to it. This is something I would definitely come back for. We observed that it was not served piping hot, maybe because of the stainless bowl.
Another great feature, aside from the hot sauce collection, is their self service salsa bar. You can concoct your own blend of salsa as many times as you want.
A wide collection of beers and sodas for you to enjoy and are constantly on the lookout to add more variety.
Chihuahua boasts of great Tex-Mex fare as well as the ability to turn into a hip bar as the night or early morning comes around, opening until 5 am on the weekends. So want to have something filling after a night of partying, or just want to continue partying along to great music, whatever the reason may be, head on over to Chihuahua and give them a try. Parking is available in front and A Venue, across the street.
Chihuahua Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar
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