Two Sundays ago I marked my 33rd birthday with a simple lunch celebration with the family. Having the privilege (and responsibility) to choose where to eat that day, I opted spend my special day at a restaurant I have nottried before. Following this birthday tradition, I decided for the UP Town Center branch of Gringo: Chicken, Ribs and Friends.
The name of the restaurant instantly suggests influences from the Latin American region. The term gringo is a slang word used by Spanish speakers to refer to a foreigner; a person who is not Hispanic or Latino.
The clam chowder was a little too thick for me, but it compensated with the well balanced taste of the soup. The flaky piece of bread perfectly paired with the clam chowder.
You can never go wrong with nachos as appetizer. I particularly liked the texture of the meat. I’m guessing they used pulled or shredded meat as an alternative to the usual ground meat. It’s easier for you to scoop all the elements with the nacho chip and take it all in one bite.
Their take on baked mussels tends to be on the dry side, but it’s not bad at all. I would still order it again to be honest. Since Gringo is not a seafood restaurant, it’s not a deal breaker.
Baby Back Ribs
Amidst the restaurants in Metro Manila that front baby back ribs as their signature dish, Gringo’s baby back ribs can stand up against its competition. Cooked to perfection, the ribs are tender while keeping them moist and juicy. With an order of a full rack, you get to choose 3 side dishes (mashed potatoes, buttered corn, and smokey beans to name a few).
In my opinion, the star among our selection of dishes is the steak fajitas. I drool over steak and whether it’s served with rice, mashed potatoes or pita bread, I love them all the same. They serve you with the ingredients (meat, veggies, and sauces) you need to build your full flavored fajitas.
Chili con Carne Crispy Tacos
With all the food already served at the table, I initially had second thoughts about ordering tacos. Then again, you can’t eat at a Mexican restaurant without trying their tacos. At first sight, I was pleased to see melted cheese on top instead of the traditional grated cheese. They add a kick of flavor by bringing on the right amount of heat in the chili con carne.
I rarely crave for a specific cuisine. When I do, it’s usually cravings for Japanese food or Mexican food. There aren’t a lot of Mexican restaurants out there, so this could be my go-to dining place to satisfy my Mexican food cravings. They serve enjoyable food at reasonable prices.
On my next visit, I would be curious to try any of their chicken dishes and their seafood offerings.
Gringo: Chicken, Ribs and Friends
Address: Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Contact Number: +63 2 2881648
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/gringochickenribs/