Review: B&T Mexican Kitchen

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A couple of weeks ago, Mags Paguyo invited me to the opening of her friend’s restaurant. I wasn’t expecting much because I’m not a fan of Mexican food but boy was I in for a surprise. B&T (Burritos and Tacos) Mexican Kitchen made me change heart on Mexican food!

Ambiance, Design and Space

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inside B&T

The feel of B&T Mexican Kitchen is festive. It’s bright, cozy, large, and very colorful. Only indoor dining is offered but that’s a good thing because Ortigas Avenue isn’t exactly pollution-free and B&T is at the same level of the parking garage. Sekai Building, where B&T is located, has a parking capacity for 20 cars (my estimate). Since B&T shares the building with other establishments, parking during peak hours might be a bit hard. However, waiting for a spot is worth it in my opinion.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Service

Since I was there during their opening, I’m not sure if the restaurant is self service or there is a wait staff. I noticed though that there were a lot of kitchen help. Customers can watch their food being prepared so they can be sure it’s really clean.

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B&T staff preparing orders

The food kept on piling on out table and the service is fast. The staff needs to brush up on what B&T offers because I had a lot of questions that time and they didn’t know the answers to most of them.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Food and Price

I have never been to Ristras, another Mexican restaurant getting a lot of raves, but I suspect they are on their toes because B&T Mexican Kitchen could give them a run for their money. I’ll visit Ristras soon for a comparison but from what I’ve heard, the two restaurants are similar. For now I’ll just review B&T’s fares for their own merits.

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imported ingredients

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Mexico's national colors

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imported beers

B&T Mexican Kitchen offers a wide selection and there are many options per dish. They import a lot of their ingredients and give off an authentic taqueria feel. Besides the usual Mexican dishes, B & T sell imported beers such as Don Equis and Bohemia Clasica.

I like B&T’s Quesadilla‘s cheesy goodness. I wasn’t able to finish mine but I took about 2/3s home and it was still delicious the day after even if the shell became a bit tough to chew. You can choose the meat and side dish to go with it and the price can range from P290 to P350.

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Quesadilla

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Soft Tacos

I find their taco Taco just so-so but it comes with 4 kinds of dips: salsa, hot sauce, garlic, and sour cream. The price ranges from P290 to P350 depending on the meat and side dish. This dish can be shared by 2 people.

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9 Layer Dip Nachos

The 9 Layer Dip Nachos (P290) is a must-have. The mind-melting dip consists of pico de gallo, sour cream, three cheese, jalapeno, 2 kinds of beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and guacamole. The dip is huge and can be shared by 4 people.

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Barbacoa

Finally, my favorite! I love love love their Barbacoa burrito (P32o). It’s huge and comes with salsa and sour cream dips. The meat is so tender and the burrito itself is so flavorful. I love the combination of the rice, corn, beans and cilantro. The next time I go to B&T this will be my order.

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Horchata

The drink we were given is the traditional Mexican Horchata (P50). I drank this a lot back when I lived in California and B&T’s version was disappointing for me. It needed more cinnamon. I prefer my horchata sweeter and nuttier.

B&T’s pricing might appear high but most dishes are good for sharing so please, don’t be intimidated. You should also bring someone to share the food with because it’s almost impossible to finish them alone.

Rating: ★★★★☆

I will definitely go back to B&T Mexican Kitchen. In fact, I’m drooling just thinking about the Barbacoa burrito right now. Why not see for youself if it’s just as good as I say?

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

B&T Mexican Kitchen
G/F Sekai Building,
Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan
(beside North Greenhills’ gate)

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