“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in a Filipino restaurant anymore.” (Hehe, that’s my spin on the famous line from the Wizard of Oz.)
Tacolipino is a Filipino restaurant but it definitely not your typical Filipino restaurant because this restaurant is a Fil-Mex restaurant offering Filipino fusion dishes with a Mexican twist.
Yes, the fusion even begins with the name of this place. “Taco” + “Filipino” = “Tacolipino.”
The influence of Mexican cuisine can be seen right from the start as they offer up complimentary chips and salsa to all guests.
Their menu has a little bit of Filipino and a little bit of Mexican and some dishes are mix of both. For example, they’ve got sisig tacos, burritos with bistek beef and nachos with adobo chicken.
I was quite curious to try a fusion dish and chose to get Fries with Cheese and Chicken Adobo.
I liked this twist on the classic take of cranes asada fries that is often found at Mexican restaurants. There were lots of tender chicken adobo and drizzled on top was lots of cheese that reminded me of Cheese Wiz. This is one unique appetizer. The incorporation of chicken adobo brings some Filipino flavor to a dish that normally would not have any pinoy taste in at all. This fusion dish is quite nice.
The other item that I got to try from Tacolipino is their sisig.
Though they offer their sisig in their tacos and burritos, I chose to get the sisig separate. I did this because they also offer garlic rice here and I love combining sisig and garlic rice together.
I love the presentation of their sisig here because it comes out in a sizzling platter and right on top is a sunny side up egg! Crispy sisig combined with egg is always a delightful dish.
Though I enjoyed my sisig with my garlic rice, I can definitely see this being good on tacos and burritos.
It’s refreshing to see how Filipino flavor is incorporated into Mexican cuisine. Tacolipino does a nice job in combining two cultures into one.
For more smiles, please see my recent Yelp review on Tacolipino.