Date # 72: Orale Taqueria Mexicana
Douglas and I got lost in The Fort one day while searching for Órale, a newly opened Mexican taqueria. Normally we’re iffy about walking under the sun, but I suppose the promise of good Mexican food was too good to ignore. We just couldn’t settle for anything less.
The interiors are bare and look unfinished. But this large mural of Mexican figures surely lights up the entire place.
There’s also an al fresco area,
in case you like killing yourself by smoking.
The best part about the Órale experience is brought by these homemade salsas. There’s a lot of them to choose from. We think that they have the most flavorful guacamole we’ve ever tried.
I got my staple order, a regular Carnitas Burrito (P255). You can choose from Barbacoa, Carne Asada, Pollo Asado, and others to go with your burrito. You can also choose between refried beans or black beans.
The rice and the filling complemented each other very well, and the Salsa Roja I ate with this added a lovely zing to the entire dish. The homemade tortilla wrap was thin, but sturdy and chewy.
You can also opt to have your burrito wet or fried, like a chimichanga. Just add (P45).
Meanwhile, Douglas got an Enchilada Barbacoa (P255). Orale’s version of enchilada still serves rice and the beans, but as usual, they’re separated from the meat. Douglas got this with Salsa Verde, which had a richer, deeper kind of heat. He was especially fond of the mashed refried beans, and he was very happy with the dish overall.
Lastly, we shared a Camarones Quesadilla (P275). I have never had prawns with quesadilla before this. Fortunately, it was a pleasant surprise. The prawns were plump and juicy, and they absorbed the flavor of the cheese and the salsa well. Don’t be afraid to eat this with jalapeno, they’re a match made in heaven.
Comparing this with other quesadillas we’ve tried, Douglas and I still think that the cheese in Hermano Taco Shop is better than the cheese in this one.
Overall Verdict: Our time at Órale was a significantly pleasant experience. We went out with full tummies and happy taste buds. Although we won’t proclaim it as the best taqueria in Manila, we’ll admit that it’s one of the better ones.
Órale! Taqueria Mexicana
The Fort Strip, 7th Avenue corner 28th Street
(located where Go Nuts Donuts used to be)
Bonifacio Global City
Telephone: +632 552-2660
Facebook: Órale! Taqueria Mexicana
With and For Love,
Rina Caparras and Douglas Chong
CamDoug Trivia: We made souffle one day and this is how they turned out :D Douglas and I love cooking together although we can’t do it often because it’s a bit of a hassle to buy ingredients and cook :P