In a city known for serving Bangus in every diner, one restaurant dared to cater nachos, quesadillas, and burrito on the plate… not that I’m complaining! Because it’s definitely nacho ordinary Mexican spot. 😂
Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina, arguably tagged as the “Best Fil-Mex Joint in Town,” is a hole-in-the-wall Mexican-inspired restaurant built in the heart of Dagupan. Owned by Paolo De Venecia and Chot Sanchez, Silantro has been in the business for 6 years with 3 branches in Metro Manila (UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center, and Kapitolyo, Pasig) continuing to satisfy your craving for tacos, chicken wings, and other Mexican food.
The Dagupan branch was jam-packed when we arrived at lunchtime. As I have observed, the interior depicts a warm and welcoming Mexican vibe combined with Filipino wooden furniture. It is well-spaced considering the area and room capacity, suggesting a perfect family and barkada hangout spot.
As soon as we got our hands on the menu, my cousin (a regular customer) ordered one serving of Beef Nachos for appetizer. I was thinking if that would be enough for the three of us until minutes later, this was brought on our table:
It was more than what I imagined! They gave us a large portion enough to stuff ourselves full before the main course. Their nachos are served with three refillable ranch dressings (guacamole, sour cream, and curry dip) for your large tortilla chips. They used chunks instead of ground beef, which I liked better. Honestly, and totally not exaggerating, these are the best nachos I ever tasted!
Up for our main course was the Silantro’s Pork Ribs. It’s a three-piece grilled pork ribs (about 15cm each) optionally dipped in guacamole and sour cream. Perfect with rice, this tenderly cooked pork cut makes you chow down every bit of meat on the bone using your bare hands.
My sister also ordered one Silantro’s Burrito. It’s as big as my clenched fist and as long as 8-10 inches (inaccurately measured). I’m not a fan of burrito but I took a bite and it was good. Out of all the food we ordered, this one tastes like Mexican the most. It was meaty, flavorful, and tangy.
Just when we finished our meals, we decided to take away Calliente Wings. “Caliente” is the Spanish word for ‘hot’ referring to the spiciness of the food. I thought this was buffalo wings based on its color, texture, and appearance. For someone who can’t quite stand spicy food, Calliente Wings weren’t that hot and fiery. It was sweet and bearable to my tongue. However, I’ve figured out that they have different levels of caliente and that what we had was just regular wings. I’ll definitely try this again and order a spicier one!
Overall, it is one of the most decent restaurants I’ve been. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina serves generous portions of superb Mexican food for a great price. This is where quality meets quantity. They also give importance on customers’ waiting time (fast) and satisfaction. Their attendants were friendly and accommodating. I just wish they have a bigger space to cater more people, and additional branches in the Philippines.
Try it out! Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina is located at:
- Perez Boulevard, Dagupan City;
- 75 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City;
- Second Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, and;
- Ground Floor, ATC Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City