Kapitolyo is my new Maginhawa Food Street. Dotted with a variety of hole-in-the-wall eateries, this area is food haven for those with modest budgets.
This Fil-Mex cantina draws in a crowd, even at an odd hour of 5pm on a Saturday afternoon. We queued up after 4 groups who came before us. There was this fellow who listed us and called out our names as tables were cleared. Errr, at least 5 minutes AFTER tables were cleared.
The place doesn't look much, but judging by the crowd, we expected the food to be good. Unfortunately we all limited ourselves to a merienda of burritos. I would love to try their famous nachos -- touted as the best in town -- or their quesadillas, but that may have to wait for the next visit.
We tried both the beef and chicken burritos. Both good, though my personal preference is the chicken burrito. Served with 3 dip choices: garlic, guacamole and spicy.
My only complaint is the waiting time. We waited 30 minutes before the beef burrito was served, another 10 minutes for the chicken burrito. To be fair, the fellow who listed our name did say our orders may take 20-25 minutes to be served.
So ok, we were warned there's a half hour wait. But this fellow kept pushing us to order appetizers like quesadillas or nachos. We said no, but this man was so pushy. Besides, inside we saw trays of cut-up beef, lamb, chicken --- so why would it take so long to wrap up a burrito?
The food's good but service can be better. As for the annoying, pushy fellow who happens to be your first contact when you get there, maybe Management should retrain him on how to sell more for Silantro. 😡
SILANTRO : 75 East Capitol Drive.