Where to Eat in BGC: Vatos Urban Tacos
For the past few years, Korean Food has been having its moment, with Korean Barbecue joints popping up all around the world. And I completely understand why. Korean food, as a cuisine, is very balanced – flavorful yet light, fun and interactive, simple yet well thought of. And lately, a new restaurant has popped up in BGC to even take the Korean food craze to a whole different level. By fusing it with another fun and imaginative cuisine – Mexican food. Korean-Mexican (or Kor-Mex), say what? Yes, you’re definitely reading that right. Come and say hello to Vatos Urban Tacos BGC!
Vatos Urban Tacos BGC: Location and Ambiance
Located at the ground floor of Net Park Building just across The Fort Strip, Vatos Urban Tacos is definitely a restaurant in BGC not to be missed! While most Mexican restaurants are adorned with vibrant decor, Vatos is characterized by a modern industrial vibe that’s really quite mellow and inviting.
Imagine this: dark wood tables, industrial pipes jotting out on the ceiling, and exposed bricks on bare walls. Modern, rugged, yet sleek. Exactly as how the brand is presented internationally.
Kor-Mex Bestsellers at Vatos Urban Tacos BGC
Now before anything else, we’d like to be clear about one thing. Vatos Urban Tacos, as the name suggests, is primarily a Mexican restaurant creatively infused with awesome Korean ingredients and flavors. So really, this is a new explosion of tastes for every discerning palate!
Mexican Slang for “men” or “dudes”, Vatos Urban Tacos actually sprang from the minds (and bellies) of three Korean-Americans who wanted to offer a new type of dining experience in Korea. Kenny and Sid hail from Southern California, while Juweon planted his roots in Texas. Thus, all three spent the majority of their lives growing up with authentic Mexican food. At the same time, all three of them being of Korean descent, were fed a steady diet of homemade Korean food lovingly prepared by their first generation mothers.
And so the natural birth of Korean-Mexican food ideas like the Kimchi Carnitas Fries, Galbi Tacos, and Spicy Chicken Quesadillas. Vatos Urban Tacos has since garnered praise for providing exciting new tastes using only the freshest ingredients. Vatos currently operates four locations in Seoul and two in Singapore.
Vamonos a Vatos (Starters)
Vatos Cowboy Queso (Php 390.00) – HTD Favorite!
Queso, queso, queso. Oh how we loved this queso! Get this: crunchy hand-cut tortilla chips paired with a molten dip made from a blend of cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, black beans, pico de gallo and cilantro lime crema. Dip served on a sizzling hot bowl of creamy goodness. And those jalapeño slices? Ayayay, muy delicioso!
Fresh Chip & Salsa (Php 95.00)
Want to take it slow? Go for the fresh chips and salsa combo. Fresh corn tortillas served whole for your breaking pleasure. Served with a tomatillo salsa verde and roasted onion chipotle salsa. First basket on the house!
Kimchi Carnitas Fries ( Php 350.00)
Fries monster? Get a load of the Wild West with Vatos Urban Tacos’ bestseller Kimchi Carnitas Fries. The one and only Vatos original, seasoned French fries covered with braised pork carnitas, sauteed kimchi, sour cream and Vatos signature hot sauce, silantro and onion. Surely, one bite just doesn’t make the cut!
Honey Tequila Chicken Wings (Php 490.00) – HTD Favorite!
Karla and I both love chicken wings. Especially creatively flavored ones. So we both agree that the Honey Tequila Chicken Wings from Vatos Urban Tacos is a sure winner.
Meaty chicken wings coated with a sweet and spicy honey tequila sauce and served with deep-fried battered jalapenos and bleu cheese dipping sauce. Sweet and juicy with a mild kick of both spice and alcohol.
Mains at Vatos BGC
Grilled Chicken Fajita Platter (Php 850.00)
Chicken lovers, here’s another treat from Vatos Urban Tacos BGC: Grilled Chicken Fajita Platter. Grilled chicken thigh and fajita veggies served on a sizzling hot plate along with Mexican rice, pico de gallo, chimichurri, cilantro lime crema, Vatos hot sauce and warm flour tortillas. While I loved the explosion of flavors in the fajitas, I did find the meat a little dry for my taste. Loved the exotic combination of the rice and pico de gallo!
The Fat Bastard Burrito Bowl (Php 560.00) – HTD Favorite!
This one isn’t called a fat bastard for nothing. It’s huge, tasty, and very filling. A heaping bowl of carne asada steak, barbacoa pork, grilled fajita vegetables, roasted corn salsa, fresh guacamole, cilantro onion, pico de gallo, cilantro lime crema, chipotle salsa and Vatos hot sauce. I love the generous serving of meat and the combination of fresh ingredients and spicy flavors. Highly recommended plus it’s great for sharing!
Vatos Urban Tacos Bestsellers
Korean Pork Belly Taco (Php 290.00 for 2 pieces | Php 430.00 for 3 pieces | Php 600.00 for a platter)
Can’t get enough of your Korean barbecue obsession? This one’s for you! Pork belly marinated in Korean soy paste, ssamjang aioli, sliced fresh and pickled onions. The medley of savory and sweet flavors will definitely leave your taste buds wanting more!
Chimichurri Chicken Taco (Php 250.00 for 2 pieces | Php 370.00 for 3 pieces | Php 600.00 for a platter)
Spice lovers, get a load of Vatos’ Chimichurri Chicken Taco. Vatos spicy chicken topped with a sweet and tangy chimichurri salsa, lettuce, sour cream and Mexican cheese. It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
Baja Fish Taco (Php 280.00 for 2 pieces | Php 410.00 for 3 pieces | Php 600.00 for a platter). – HTD Favorite!
Craving for a tasty yet lighter taco option? Vatos Urban Tacos’ Baja Fish Taco is a personal favorite. Tempura beer-battered white fish, served with spicy chipotle mayo, pico de gallo and apple coleslaw. Refreshingly delicious!
Postres – Desserts at Vatos Urban Tacos BGC
Nutella Nachos (Php 225.00)
After all that savor and spice, please leave room for dessert. We promise, they’re truly worth the extra calories!
Start off with Vatos’ Nutella Nachos. Sounds crazy, right? Yep, crazy good that is! Crispy tortilla triangles dusted with cinnamon, sugar, and hazelnut Nutella sauce. Topped off with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream and sugar. Ugh!
Bacon Jalapeno Brownie (Php 180.00) – HTD Favorite!
The newest addition to the Vatos Urban Tacos family, the Bacon Jalapeno Brownie is a true hero in its own mark. A fudgy brownie slice that’s infused with shards of walnuts and jalapeno. Topped with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream and generously sprinkled savory crispy bacon bits.
Savory, sweet, and spicy – what other dessert can be more perfect than this? Nada, that’s for sure!
Cocktail Drinks at Vatos Urban BGC
Ready to quench your tequila-craving thirst? Say no more! We were all feeling a tad too thirsty so we just went in for the kill and got crazy with the margaritas!
Vatos Ritas (Php 480.00)
But wait, as in true Vatos’ creative fashion, their cocktails come with the twist! What do you say we take a HUGE glass, fill it with frozen margarita, and put an inverted cider on top? It really doesn’t get better than this!
My personal favorite, the Sexy Sanchez (Php 480.00) is the sweetest among Vatos’ margarita offerings. It’s basically a “berry” sexy strawberry margarita blend served with a bottle of Magners Berry Cider.
Not into berries? How about a mild touch of pear? Drink up and Grow-a-Pear (Php 480.00)! A mildly sweet blend of passion fruit margarita served with a bottle of Magners Pear Cider.
Makgeolitas (Php 320.00)
Fans of soju will definitely have a run for their money with the Makgeolitas from Vatos Urban Tacos BGC. Tequila meets makgeoli (Korean rice-based alcohol) in this sweet and tangy cocktail. Fair warning: don’t get carried away by its sweet and sublime taste, this one’s deceivingly strong! I can definitely drink but the makgeolita gave me a light buzz after only half a glass, whew!
1st Year Anniversary Deals at Vatos Urban Tacos BGC
What makes great food better? Cheap deals, of course! And this coming February 1-2, get a load of extra crazy Kor-Mex Deals as Vatos Urban Tacos BGC celebrates their 1st year anniversary!
Start the love month with some good eats and great music. Grab a seat and sing your heart out at the Open Mic and Acoustic Night happening in Vatos on February 1.
Love retro? Put on your dancing shoes and bring out your inner 80s and 90s kid vibes on February 2. DJ Erwin Paz is serving diners at Vatos tubthumping beats all night long!
We didn’t forget the food, don’t worry. For the whole month of February, enjoy 2 pieces of Vatos’ bestseller tacos for just Php 100.00. Yep, a whole meal for just a hundred! What’s even better is you can pair them with Php 100.00 margaritas on February 1 and 2! Well I don’t know about you but you know where to find us next week! See you there!
Vatos Urban Tacos is located at Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For inquiries, call +63 2 4597009 or +63 967 2464781. More information on its dishes and drinks are available at www.vatosph.com.
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