For first-timers, Aljor recommends their margaritas. We were served their 3 bestsellers:
Margarita Tequila Cocktail (left) and Spicy Margarita (right)
Admittedly, Aljor spills that as much as they want to be known more as a tequila bar, their regulars always come back for their good food! They serve what he calls Antojitos Mexicanos, or Mexican snacks.
Elotes Callejeros (P120)
As an appetizer, we had the Elotes Callejeros, grilled and buttered street corn with house chipotle mayo, feta cheese and spices. It is yummy, and well, hot! The kick of spiciness jumpstarted our journey to authentic Mexican fare.
Cueritos Enfurtidos (P275)
Next is the Cueritos Enfurtidos, chicharones topped with homemade salsa rojo, which everyone truly loved! Our group even wished that A’toda Madre could sell their salsa, so we could take the goodness home.
Tostadillas (P150-175, depending on toppings)
Next, the Tostadillas, or homemade crunchy tortilla, is Mexico’s take on well-loved pizza (served in mini-versions). We devoured three different flavors: pork, lengua and steak. Everyone picked their own favorite, though. For me, it was the lengua, but they were all equally delicious and flavorful.
Tacos (P400-450, depending on filling)
For the last antojito, we had Tacos! For this, we tried six meats: pescado (fish), chorizo, pork and steak, lengua and chicken. We also went the DIY route and went crazy mixing the salsas and fillings to our liking. I had everything on mine, complete with the double taco on top of the other (the first one is for holding the fillings, and the second one is for keeping everything together), salsa verde, salsa roja, cilantro, onions and lime!
We mixed all of this!
Every bite was truly tasty. Did you know that the proper way of eating a taco is by titling your head 90 degrees and gorging on a mouthful straight afterwards?
Mexican Flan (P165)
The onslaught of Mexican food doesn’t end until dessert is served! The Mexican Flan, a dark chocolate flan with shaved white chocolate and sprinkled with chili, sounded a bit scary at first (I was worried it might taste weird), but surprisingly, it was luscious! A hint of anghang and the creaminess of the flan is as good a combination as a man and a woman in love with each other. Pair it with a shot of Añejo – the perfect complement for this sweet treat.
Aside from bringing an authentic Mexican experience to our country, A’toda Madre passes awareness, education and proper consumption of tequila. A self-proclaimed Philippine ambassador of Tequila, Aljor wants people to remember the old-world Mexico when they step out of this bar, and hopefully, go back wanting for more of it.
So, if you’re looking for a new place to have some good tequila and food, visit A’toda Madre and get transported to Mexico in an instant.
Atoda Madre Tequila Bar
GF Sunette Tower, Durban St. cor. Makati Ave., Makati City
Open everyday 5pm – 2am