This Central American nation has introduced many things to the world. From chocolate and chilies in the past – up to telenovelas and lucha libre in the present. Unfortunately, unsavory elements like the narcotics cartels and drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have emerged from Mexico – so much so that United States President-Elect Donald J. Trump has declared that he will be building a wall at the border of the two countries.
Enough of that, and let’s move on. Mexican cuisine has been in the forefront of the dining scene in the Philippines, ever since the Mexican boom of the 1990s that gave us restaurants like Tia Maria’s, Chilli’s, and Mexicali. While today’s featured restaurant may not have been established during that time (it was set up in 2008), it doesn’t fail to deliver authentic Mexican cuisine. In fact – I consider it a part of the second wave of Mexican dining establishments that have popped up in recent years. Located along the stretch of Granada Avenue, tucked right in a service station; I present to you Hermanos Taco Shop.
I first heard of Hermanos Taco Shop from a college batchmate who had written about the place some years ago. CJ and I had been frequenting the New Manila area sometime last year, specifically Robinsons Magnolia. I suggested one Sunday that we should try out the place—which we did. Hermanos Taco Shop has changed since my college batchmate’s review, and one proof of this would be the wall design. What used to be a display of wooden logs has now been turned into a mural of Mexico. Still, it didn’t change the fact that we were both anticipating a culinary tour of the Central American nation.
Hermanos Taco Shop is owned by Cathy Mora, a former actress, who named it after her brothers. Senora Mora’s stepfather helped make the taco shop a reality by contributing his experience as a chef in the United States. Now that’s solid proof that Hermanos Taco Shop serves Mexican dishes in the same manner as how you would try it out in California or Arizona. If you happen to be far from the New Manila area, fret not. Hermanos Taco Shop has a branch in Alabang and another at nearby restaurant strip Tomas Morato.
I’ll end here to show you pictures of Hermanos Taco Shop’s culinary offerings. Do check out their Facebook page and Twitter account to stay abreast with their latest promotions. Until the next review, buen provecho amigos!
Hermanos Taco Shop
#27 Granada Avenue corner Jose O. Vera Street
Brgy. Valencia, New Manila
Quezon City 1112
(AUTHOR’S NOTE: This was the last post I was working on before my laptop gave up on me. I had to re-type the entire content from scratch, from what I remembered reading in the earlier draft of this entry. My laptop’s still not fixed as of this time, and I’m typing this out in my office.)