Meet the Tamarindo: Sampaloc & Tequila … What’s Not to Love?

I made a new best friend last night. Her name is Tamarindo.

She was introduced to me at B&T Mexican Kitchen in McKinley Hill. Just awesome. That gentle sweet and sour of tamarind (sampaloc) mixed with tequila. It will make you say “Te Amo” in no time!

B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. The drink was introduced to me by a lovely lady, Baby Tan. Met her on Mother’s Day when she watched the Dreamgirls show at the Venice Piazza on a date with her husband Dr. Ed Tan. They are so sweet, these two. ❤

The restaurant is their latest baby. They already have 6 children and a chow chow so this would be their Baby No. 8! The food is by their son Philip, who trained at (his own words on their Facebook page – love his sense of humor!) “school of hard knocks kitchen streets of Texas, San Diego, Orange County”. But there are also certain dishes by Lady Baby herself, such as these ribs that are oh so fall-off-the-bone tender. And huge!!! Good for six.

B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. Philip, meanwhile, specializes in tweaked Mexican specialties. He got the best of Tex-Mex and tweaked it to cater to the voracious Filipino eater.

For example, instead of just a regular burrito, which the menu also offers, they have something called a Wet Burrito. This is huge (good for 2 hefty eaters or 4 persons with regular appetites). But Philip first makes a regular burrito, bakes it, then “wets” it with their ranchero sauce and a variety of cheese.

B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. Philip also has a unique Mexican take on pizza where they use chicken and bell peppers – ingredients you’d see in a burrito – and interestingly, the burrito dough is what they use as crust. For the Pinoy palate, the crust is nice and thin and crispy a la Shakey’s. Perfect with an ice cold beer!

B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. For chicken wings, Philip uses mango instead of honey. So there is the tart sweetness of mangoes as you bite into the cripsy skin of the wings.

B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. There is one more person who has played a great role in setting up this restaurant and that is no less than Dr. Ed Tan himself.

Dr. Tan, who used head the rad-onco department in St. Luke’s, is a radiation oncologist who introduced new methods in radiation treatment for cancer patients in the Philippines. He is also responsible for the Marian Radiation Oncology Center (MROC) in Fairview, Quezon City, launched almost 15 years ago (2001), which “gives cancer patients a variety of treatment options never before available in this part of the globe.” In an interview, Dr. Tan shared, “the center was born out of a vision to provide state-of-the-art cancer treatment in the Philippines as well as to make the country the premier location for cancer treatment in Southeast Asia.”

Now that he is retired, he has time for other things … such as art! Would you believe he made these giants chili sculptures for the walls?

B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.

Dr. Ed Tan, radiation oncologist and artist

B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. He also personally painted each bottle hanging on the walls!!! And he also created the cacti (cactus) on display …

B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. There’s more to discover at B&T Mexican. I had always just driven by their Greenhills branch (although this one I visited is in McKinley Hills where Banapple and LES Bagels is located). Now I think I’ll actually pop in. I need more of that Tamarindo!!!          B& T Mexican Kitchen, McKinley Hill. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.

B&T Mexican Kitchen

101 Upper McKinley Rd
Tower 3 Tuscany, McKinley Town Center
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
+63 2 216 3453
+63 917 896 9939
Ground floor wheelchair accessible
Casual

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s