Chino MNL Has More Than Just Tacos
The Manila branch has new delicious surprises up its sleeve.
Tacos and Mexican food aren’t new to Manila's food fans. In fact, in 2017, Manila saw more Mexican restos opening shop. All of a sudden, Manila folks were Instagramming soft tacos,
Hong Kong’s Chino opened in BGC, Taguig in 2018, with a menu that boasted street-style tacos which were a bit more sophisticated than the ones you can find in your usual taco shop. Made with fresh ingredients (some flown in every day), Chino MNL’s Mexican food also had Asian elements to it. “We just wanted to bring the Chino from Hong Kong to Manila,” shares co-owner Tracy Wei.
Almost a year after, Chino MNL’s menu is now more than just tacos. It’s still there—for those hankering for small bites with bold flavors—but there are other noteworthy items on the menu such as hefty value-for-money rice meals for lunch (for rice-loving Pinoys) and sigh-worthy plates from their brunch menu.
Lunch isn’t an afterthought at Chino MNL. They took seemingly average ingredients and made it better: they want to be the neighborhood restaurant you would go to for good and
The pork belly lunch plate looks a bit
Without the weekday crowd, BGC has a surprising community vibe, Wei shares, and they created a brunch menu specifically for this set. Don’t expect pancakes and sausages at Chino, though. Instead, dishes such as Chinoya is listed on the menu. It’s a hefty serving of Wagyu tataki on a bed of rice, topped with seaweed strips. A raw egg sits in the middle, meant to be broken and stirred into the rice dish that is in some ways similar to the Bibimbap, but with more robust and savory flavors.
There’s French toast, but it’s not the kind you can make at home. It’s drizzled with miso-caramel sauce and
“This is not a franchise,” Wei adds. “We put in as much work here as much as we do in the Hong Kong branch.” And judging from the few flavorful plates we tried, we can expect the rest of the new dishes to be as surprisingly delicious.
The lunch and brunch menu is available starting April 1, 2019.
Chino MNL is at the Ground Floor, One Bonifacio High, BGC, Taguig. Open from Tuesday to Saturday (6 p.m. to 12 mn) and Sundays (12 noon to 8 p.m.).