Food bloggers and writers were treated to a gastronomic feast featuring Mexican and Latin dishes at this side of the globe last May 2, 2017. Pueblo Mexicano, a casual dining restaurant is located in Banilad Town Center, Cebu City. Years back, there were no restaurants in Cebu City offering Mexican food like there are today. Pueblo manager Enzo Nable hankered for the tacos and burritos he would eat on a weekly basis, growing up in Northern California.
This enthused him to open Burrito Bar, a small kiosk in BTC offering classic California Mexican fare, occupying the space where Fat Cow Burgers & Malts (another family venture) currently sits. In their journeys throughout Mexico, his parents were captivated by the artistry and color of Mexican cuisine, culture, and aesthetics, having visited Spanish colonial towns such as Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, and Puebla, as well as towns where Mexico’s indigenous Maya heritage remains, like Oaxaca.
They were also astonished by the resemblances and cross-cultural exchange between Mexico and Philippines through the Manila-Acapulco trade and as former colonies of Spain. The space in front of Burrito Bar became available, the family decided to expand Burrito Bar to a full-service restaurant and bar, and Pueblo was born in May 2013.
The common delusion of Filipinos is that Mexican food comes in the form of processed hard-shell tacos, stuffed with ground beef, shredded lettuce, and yellow cheese, à la Taco Bell. However at Pueblo, you will find nothing of the sort. Instead you will feast on elegant tamales, or steamed corn masa dumplings stuffed with lechon carnitas and cheese, wrapped in a cornhusk, or the Veracruzana white fish panned grilled with olives capers and tomatoes on a bed of cilantro-lime rice.
Dishes from other parts of Latin America bring variety to the palate, such as the Peruvian pollo a la brasa, slow-roasted chicken marinated in a blend of spices, or the steak chimichurri feauturing the traditional Argentinean chimichurri sauce. Pueblo’s range has also extended to Spanish food, with favorites such as the patatas bravas and callos, as well as the torrija, a Spanish bread pudding coated with sugar brûlée. Beverages like fruity frozen margaritas, jamaica agua fresca, a red hibiscus flower infusion, and mango mojitos are refreshing accompaniments.
Pueblo shows the melting pot of Latin America – a region where indigenous flavors mingle with colonial cuisine, and waves of migration. Entering Pueblo, your first impression is of the crystal chandeliers giving an eclectic look to the restaurant together with the vivid blue and orange walls, just like what you see in films shot in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Other unique elements are the alebrijes de Oaxaca, brightly colored sculptures of animals, talavera pottery, and a collection of wooden and ceramic crosses carved with intricate detail. Rustic wooden furniture, iincluding gallinera benches border the setting. These details give a taste of the magical, charming, and artistic heritage of Mexico, mirroring that of the Philippines. This Cinco de Mayo, Pueblo celebrates its 4th year anniversary, continuing to offer fresh, vibrant flavors, a colorful ambiance, and friendly service.
Pueblo Mexicano is located in Banilad Town Center, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu and is open daily from 11 am to 11 pm.