Tex-Mex cuisine is the fusion of American and Mexican food which grew from the culinary traditions of the Tejanos, Texans of Mexican descent. The most popular cuisine in the American Southwest, it is easily identifiable by the heavy use of cheese (more so than mainstream Mexican cuisine), meat, beans, flour tortillas, as well as peppers and spices that give it that signature heat.
Today, Tex-Mex cuisine has spread across the globe. In Metro Manila, for example, a fairly new entrant called Fiery Style Southwestern Flaming Grill is steadily establishing a foothold in local food scene by recently opening its twelfth branch at the Assembly Grounds at The Rise by Shangri-la in Makati.
Located some short distance from Makati’s commercial district, this new restaurant is poised to provide the area’s office workers and local residents with tasty and affordably priced Tex-Mex fare.
Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended Fiery Style’s grand opening where we were treated to a sumptuous repast:
Fiery Nachos (Php388). Multi-colored corn chips topped with nacho cheese sauce, guacamole, tomato salsa, refried beans, black olives and barbecue-flavored pull pork. The dish is served still inside its mold and when the mold is pulled off with great fanfare (and an exclamation of “Sorpresa!” from the server), you get a tower of nacho goodness. Note, however, that it is prone to toppling down (due to the weight so many toppings) so it’s best to dig in to this as soon as possible.
Steak Ala Familia (Php998 promo price | Php1,198 regular price). One of Fiery Style’s Mucho Octoberfest offers, this consists of 1 kilo of flame-grilled rump steak cooked to tender and flavorful medium doneness and served on a hot skillet. Great for a family of carnivores!
Lord of the Wings (Php998 promo price | Php1,198 regular price). Eight pieces of chicken wings topped with Hot Hot Sauce and Jalapenos, eight pieces topped with Nacho Cheese Sauce and Bacon, and eight pieces topped with Texan-style BBQ. All together, these are twenty-four pieces of chicken wings with flavors that should appeal to everyone in the barkada.
Galleon of Bones (Php928 for supremo | Php1,578 for ultimo). BBQ pork ribs, chicken wings, pork hammers and beef ribs served with multi-colored nacho chips, coleslaw, Texan-style BBQ sauce and chorizo rice.
Baja Supromo (Php928 for supremo | Php1,578 for ultimo). A platter for seafood lovers with spicy butter garlic shrimps, fried cream dory fingers, grilled salmon loin and salted egg calamari.
Mexican Cheese Quesadilla (Php378). Flour tortillas stuffed with Mexican cheese, ranchero sauce and shredded lettuce, served with guacamole, sour cream and salsa.
Chili Chocolate Fudge (Php278). A decadent piece of chocolate fudge cake topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.
Southwest Churros (Php238). Fat fingers of fried pastry dough, best enjoyed with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and dipped in thick chocolate sauce.
New York Frozen Cheesecake (Php228). A pleasant surprise as its rich and slightly tangy taste departs from the previous iterations of New York Cheesecake that I’ve tried. The crust is just thin enough to add some sweetness and texture to the cheesecake filling. I ended up finishing off the dessert served to our table. #SorryNotSorry
Mexican Coffee (Php280). A hot beverage of kahlua, tequila, coffee and whipped cream with a few spicy dashes of chili. This can either perk you up or give you a buzz. Or both.
Daiquiri (Php148). A cocktail made of white rhum and fresh lime juice.
Lychee Paloma (Php178). Tequila shaken with lime and lychee and served in a salted rim glass.
Strawberry Southwest Margarita (Php188). Fresh strawberries mixed with lemon, lime and tequila and served in a sugared wide-rim glass.
Minty Mojito (Php158) and Strawberry Minty Mojito (Php178). Fresh lime and mint leaves mixed with white rum for a refreshing drink. You can have one flavored with fruits like strawberries for more variety.
Did you know you can get unli refills of the Paloma, Margarita and Mojito for only Php278 for classic and Php378 for flavored variants? Now you can really toast to the good times!
On a tight lunch budget? Get one of the eight combinaciones – combo meals for less that Php300 – which already comes with a viand, a side dish and your choice of rice such as this Grilled Fiery Porkchop (Php238) with sauteed tomatoes and garlic in mango puree. An affordable fired up meal!
So if you find yourself in Makati and in the mood for a fired up Tex-Mex meal, hie on over to Fiery Style!
Many thanks to Mon Bautista, Vanni Sanchez and the crew of Fiery Style for the warm welcome and the fabulous food, and to Miguel dela Rosa of Mplify for inviting us.
This Fiery Style Southwestern Grill branch is located at Ground Floor, Assembly Grounds at The Rise, Malugay Corner Tindalo Street, San Antonio, Makati City, open daily from 11am to 10pm.
Other branches are located at:
- Ground Floor, North Wing, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
- El Calle Food & Music Hall, Second Floor, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City
- Upper Ground Floor, Expansion Wing, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
- Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
- Second Floor, Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
- Third Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
- Ground Level, Estancia Mall, Oranbo, Pasig City
- Eton Centris Walk, Quezon Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Disclosure: Together with fellow foodies, I attended the restaurant’s grand opening wherein the food items mentioned above were served to allow us to sample the fare in exchange for honest reviews.
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