Pasig City, Philippines (PressExposure) November 13, 2009 -- Located at the Foodstreet of Ortigas Home Depot Compound, Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana opened its doors to the public - April of 2009. It is fast becoming a favorite among the Ortigas Yuppies who always seek new places to unwind after a hard day's work. Not only that, Jalapeno also has Families that frequently come in for early dinners and weekend family gatherings.
Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana is mainly a restaurant that serves authentic mouth watering Mexican cuisine that will surely satisfy anyone's Mexican food craving. Apart from that --- Jalapeno regulars confess that they enjoy the selection of specialty Mexican cocktails, particularly the slush margaritas and dark and light Mojitos.
Filipinos are adventurous foodies, always on the lookout for something new to try. The diverse taste and love for food of Pinoys make Restaurant Industry a stable revenue contributor to the Philippine economy. For business owners such as Romeo Reyes Jr. and Rommel Ramos, putting up Jalapeno is a sensible idea since it is a specialty restaurant that aims to meet the dining requirements of customers who enjoys variety in their regular night outs. Nothing beats authentic Mexican food with hearty servings and great drinks in a fun, true to its theme atmosphere.
The menu at Jalapeno features a wide array of great Mexican food selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients carefully prepared... also considering the colors, textures and aromas that is distinctly Mexican.
Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana prides itself for having one of the best Chefs in the Metro as its General Manager --- Chef Jonah Trinidad. "We carefully planned the menu and made necessary research to make everything authentic. Filipinos customers are particular when it comes to what they like and what they don't like. So we really have to study everything carefully in order for us to bring them the ultimate Mexican dining experience" says the young celebrity Chef.
"The menu prices at Jalapeno are very affordable. By thoroughly planning and choosing the where to get our ingredients --we were able to come out with very reasonable price point for our dishes... much lower than other Mexican restaurants around." He adds.
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Spotting Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana at the Food Street of Ortigas Home Depot is effortless. The exterior of the restaurant is tastefully designed true to its theme. The quaint and cozy appeal of the Jalapeno sets it apart from the neighboring establishments. From the darkly tainted wooden furniture, the heavy wooden doors and subdued yellow-orange painted walls --- the rustic outdoor seating area sets the mood for guests that they are in for an authentic Mexican experience.
Both for aesthetic and function , a small tequila bar with high metal and wood stools is located by the entrance. Its center piece is a dark- arched wooden display case mounted on the wall-- where different liquors used for their Mexican cocktails are showcased. Also--several small accent pieces are found on the walls and atop the bar to complete look.
The Mexican theme continues as you step inside the restaurant. The remarkably detailed interior design make foodies feel that they are in a small cantina in Mexico. The soft lighting adds up to its customary features and ambiance. The downstairs space is utilized by placing a few tables that comfortably sits a small group. Upstairs-- is the main dining space of Jalapeno... wood floors and furniture plus the colorful walls and dim lighting accentuated with rustic decors are combined to maintain the theme.
You will truly appreciate the effort and attention to detail they put into designing the whole place. The homey feel and warm cozy ambiance of Jalapeno wants all guests to have the authentic Mexican dining experience
Most get intimidated to try out Mexican food because it's best known for its rich and very spicy flavors. In Jalapeno --- the hotness and spiciness of the dishes is up to you. Much thought and effort was given in creating the menu of Jalapeno to make the dishes as authentic yet still fit the Pinoy palate.
Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana's menu is divided into several sections: appetizers, soups and salads, fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos and the main course selection. Most patrons that come in groups order a dish or two from each section to sample out what Jalapeno has to offer. Guests often ask for additional servings of dishes they particularly like, afterwards. Plus the variety of dishes will surely appeal to both vegetarians and meat eaters.
The affordable price makes the experience even more worthwhile. For a hearty meal and a refreshing drink, the average tab per person would normally start at 200Php.
The Tacos and Nachos are the most popular among Pinoys. Here at Jalapeno, have a taste of the authentic Mexican taco with your choice of their scrumptious chicken or beef, salsa verde, lettuce and cheese filling served with either a warm tortilla or the traditional taco shell. Not your typical Nacho pica-pica found in most resto-bars, their tasty Mexican Nachos topped with fresh Mexican Salsa, Chili Beef, Jalapeno, Sour Cream, and Cheese Sauce is another appetizer favorite in Jalapeno.
Jalapeno's Enchiladas, Quesadillas and Burritos have different varieties you can choose from that will surely please both vegetarians and meat eaters. The menu also indicates how mild or spicy some dishes are. If you really want it mild, you can just ask the friendly crew and they will prepare them as requested. You can also order additional flour tortillas, served in a covered container to keep it warm and fresh. And if you want more of Jalapeno's dips and other add-ons, these are also available.
For refreshments, Jalapeno menu has a wide selection of Non alcoholic beverages, beers, Specialty cocktails and mixers, shooters and wines that customers can choose from.
Overall--- Jalapeno Cantina Mexicana has achieved the taste, look and feel of a genuine Mexican restaurant. Filipinos can now go on an authentic Mexican food trip without leaving town.