Brasas is the first ever Latin American Street Food restaurant in Manila. For your information, Latin America is composed of the following territories: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela ( plus a lot more – you can refer in Wikipedia). Personally, I have no idea how does Latin American food differ from the normal American food composed of sausages, fries, burgers, and a lot more *sinful* stuff. When I tried to google it, some of the famous Latin American street food include Carne Asada, Churros, and Tacos! So I guess, we are quite familiar with it since Mexican food is quite famous here in Manila.
The restaurant’s interiors has a very good ambiance. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take a picture- but to describe it, it has a street like feeling- polished natural cement walls painted with Latin America maps and drawings, with Latin America background songs. I was able to try 2 of their branches, first in SM DC Condo Makati, and second in Daang Hari Evia branch.
We ordered several dishes as follows:
Patacones, 140 pesos for 5 pcs.
-crispy plantain chips with smoked pulled pork and tomato salsa and melted Monterey Jack Cheese
Plantain actually look like banana, but they are of another typeIt’s usually harder and have lesser sugar content making them perfect for a healthy snack. The patacones for me is just OK. I didn’t like the hard texture of plantain, but I do like the pulled pork plus cheese combination since it’s super tasty. 1-2 pieces per person should be enough.
Chicken Salad, 150 pesos
-Charcoal grilled meat (very, very tasty!), mixed fresh greens, seasonal vegetables, crunchy tortilla strips
This is a very good choice if you are on healthy or diet mode. One salad is enough for 1-2 people. I really, really like the chicken on top! It’s smoky and flavorful! The tortilla strips topping add the crunch and texture in the end.
Puerco Asado, 240 pesos
-Slow-roasted pork belly with crunchy skin, roasted seasonal vegetables, rice and beans
This is one of the most worth-it dishes in Brasas’ menu. My friends ordered this one, and they all looked happy after eating it. The rice and beans is very tasty! If you are hungry and searching for something heavy, then order this!
Chicken grilled wrap, 250 pesos
-Charcoal grilled meat, flour tortilla salsa, roasted sweet bell peppers, sauteed onions, served with chipotle sauce
This is my favorite main dish! It’s like a level up of shawarma! One order is composed of 8 inch wrap, so it will be enough for 2 normal sized people. I also added cheese ( + 40 pesos), and topped it with tons of hotsauce, and the result was amazing! Again, their grilled chicken is sooo good! This dish is best to be paired with cold iced tea or coke zero!
So there it is. Overall, Brasas is a super nice restaurant for hungry people searching for delicious, spiced up foods!
Madaldal Kid’s Rating:
Value for Money:8/10
Place and Ambiance: 9/10
Brasas-Latin American Street Food
5th floor, The Podium | Food on Four, SM Aura Premier | 4th floor, The Block, SM North Edsa | Ground Floor, SM Jazz Mall | Evia
Facebook Account: Brasas