Yuca: A Mix of South American Flavors.

South America is a country with a cultural and culinary diversity. Comprising over 12 different countries and varying influences from their European neighbors. South America has some of the best dishes in the world, and their lasting legacy and flavors have already made an impact around the world. Right here in Manila, Chef Rj Ungko, brings various South American flavors to Manila in Yuca at the Venice Grand Canal.

What is Yuca? Unknown to most, Yuca is basically cassava. Cassava in South America is also a staple crop used in all the Latin American countries. Each having their own version of it. Yuca in Manila focuses on Argentinian and Peruvian cuisine and give the local market a taste of this fusion of flavors and why it’s so popular all over the world.

 

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When you enter Yuca, you are welcomed by a colossal tree at the center of the room. Other parts of the restaurant are covered by hand painted murals that vibrant colors that are welcoming to the behold.

 

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The Fat Girls Day Out crew were invited during their pre-opening to samole their menu selections. Here are a few visial snippers side notes.

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Plantanos Croquettas

Rounded balls of plantains that are served warm. Each bite has hints of sweetness inside and chunks of tasty chicken.

Insider Tip: Do yourself a favor cut it in half top it with the sauce and crunchy bits.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Yuca

Fat Girls Day Out- Yuca

Tio Romy’s Nachos

Homemade Cassava chips served with a side of cheese, meat and bean sauce. Think deconstructed nachos, to keep that crunch at every bite. The cassava chips were absolutely addicting. 

 

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Pollo Chicharones  

Crispy deep fried chicken skin with a side of fresh chimichurri and vinegar.  You can actually just eat this with their side vinegar.

Area for improvement:
  • The chimichurri didn’t make sense on this dish.

Three kinds of Soft Tacos

 

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El Bigotilyo  is  a savory pulled beef barbacoa on a soft tortilla

Areas for improvement:
  • Meat to tortilla ratio
  • Additional flavor kick

 

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Chili con carne is a rich chili con carne served on soft tacos with garlic bits. Strong flavors. 

Areas for improvement:
  • Meat to tortilla ratio
  • Additional flavor kick

 

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Pink taco 

Fresh salmon sashimi with green chilies, mayo and fried onions on a purple yam tortilla. Well balanced flavors, this ones definitely a keeper.

Area for improvement:
  • Meat to tortilla ratio

 

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Arroz Con Mariscos

A Mixed seafood rice dish that uses the concept of “Al dente” to cook their rice.  The texture of the rice is good, its light and fluffy.

Areas for improvement:
  • Additional shellfish would’ve given this dish an extra ump of flavor and texture
  • Rice to seafood ratio

 

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Bistec El Yuca  (Grilled Beef loin served on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes) 

Our Overall Take 

Yuca is this new player trying to enter the saturated Latin American Cusine space. We see the assertiveness from the Yuca team to share their passion for food to the Filipino market. A few minor areas for improvement – with regards to flavors and texture. We recommend that you get these dishes for your first visit;

  • Get an Engkanto Beer First
  • Pink Taco
  • Plantanos Croquettas
  • Tio Romy’s Nachos

 

Restaurants change and improve and this review will be obsolete over time. – Yes, this review is biased, but NOT towards the sponsoring restaurant, BUT  towards the Fat Girls Day Out’s discerning taste buds, so don’t expect scientific objectivity.  Yes, we will always account and prioritize you as- Our Audience. Our Reader.

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Disclaimer: Our visit to Yuca was sponsored, so we wouldn’t be able to validate our CX metrics for this one. What we can offer is our HONEST outtakes from each dish. 

 

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YUCA

  • Location: Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
  • Average Spend: 900php/2 Pax
  • Store Hours: 10am-9pm

 


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