Last night while looking for a place to have a quick bite before heading to a later engagement that Tuesday night we drove pass by a neighborhood Taco shop x Neighborhood cafe with a large neon-lit signage saying ¡VENGO! on its facade. We learned that it is the same taco van from Kapitolyo. Tuesdays are normally for “Taco Tuesdays” and the day we had was pretty long and we need some dose of alcohol in our system anyway.
Started from a small “Taco Vengo” van stall in Kapitolyo, to a place on Williams St. in Mandaluyong, another spot at SM Megamall, Vengo in Makati is a great addition the newest link to their budding chain on the corner of Palanca and Dela Rosa in Makati.
They dropped the “Taco” name to allow Vengo broaden their menu selection. Armed with the same Taco Vengo concept to a different community, they’ve brought in their playful take on their classic Al Pastor and opened up into different categories. With this Makati branch, they serve brunch items, entrees, small plates, crafted coffee, and cocktails. Perfect for the neighboring walk-in clients working or passing along the Legaspi Village nook
Their dining area is spacious with good use of industrial pieces and key focal chairs adorned the restaurant. Hip marketing posters on the wall encouraging you to gouge their available alcoholic drink selections. Buy one take ones on their Margaritas and Mojitos during weekdays, so we immediately ordered dibs on both deals just because we wanted to say a big F*** you to our day.
CARNE ASADA -A staple choice. The grilled beef was caramelized well and perfectly held with their homemade corn tortilla.
AL PASTOR- The shredded pork was sweet and spicy, which played well with the onions and cilantro.
TEMPURA SHRIMP –Deep fried shrimp, orange habanero mayo, tempura flakes, slaw
PORK CHEEK CONFIT -Chicharon, garlic sour cream, salsa verde
Their tortillas have better consistency and form compared to La Chinesca’s. It’s sturdy enough to hold all the delicious toppings to complete their soft tacos.
Their nacho chips were served in a hot plate topped with chili con carne cheese and a runny egg. Add a bit of their hot sauce, and the chips can get quite addicting. The chips get soggy though when you don’t eat it right away.
Open as early as 7 am until as late as 3 am, Vengo’s divided into sections: the aforementioned Café, the dining area, the reserved space, and the Al Fresco area. Service was good they were also attentive and kept refilling our glasses without us even asking. Street parking is readily available, but that depends when you visit.
What better way to spend late night jaunts til’ 3 am than at a coffee shop or perhaps while you finish that pitcher of Margarita.
Verdict: This place is a must try for anyone who loves Mexican food with a little finesse to its character. In terms of favorites, this comes at a close second to La Chinesca. Their price is pretty reasonable for a Legaspi Village restaurant. Vengo is perfect for casual 3rd dates, ladies nights and to de-stress. The crowd wasn’t too rowdy compared to most taqueria joints of Poblacion.
- Address: 105 C. Palanca, Legazpi Village, Makati City
- Mobile Number: 0929 774 8671
- Business Hours:
Vengo: 9 am to 11 pm (Monday – Tuesday), 9 am to 1 am (Wednesday to Saturday), 9 am to 10 pm (Sunday) The Neighborhood Cafe: 7 am to 3 am (Monday to Saturday) 7 am to 10 pm (Sunday)
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