Words by Gianna Sibal
Photos by Joshua Go and Nicole Matti
Filipinos love a good Mexican dish, but you know what we love more? Mexican dishes—with cheese.
Personally, I’m not new to this sort of thing, and I know that Filipinos aren’t either, but La Carnita serves modern Mexican cuisine with homemade sauces, fresh meat, and the cheesiest cheese
mas cheesy pa sa’yo, for sure that gives your Mexican favorites a whole new flavor—especially the Nachos Ala Bomba.
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The nachos are a must-try for first-timers and for not-so-first-timers
because you’re going to go back for more, trust me. Home of the first-ever grilled nachos, La Carnita offers their famous Nachos Ala Bomba topped with a carpet of grilled cheddar shavings and mozzarella strings, their original La Carnita cheese sauce, Mexican beef, cucumber salsa, and refried beans. And imagine, this 12-year-old recipe was made just from the trend of melted raclette cheese—but redefined to accommodate the Pinoy taste!
And if the nachos aren’t enough to satisfy your cravings, the Carnitas Quesadilla is also filled with cheese. The ten-inch flour of tortilla is huge, and the fillings of cheddar and mozzarella, caramelized onions and your choice of flavorful meat will urge you to get slice after slice after slice. This is also served with homemade sauces that make customers at La Carnita go crazy—the creamy cilantro dressing, cucumber salsa, and the chili el bomba sauce (super spicy hot sauce!).
Of course, like any other Mexican cuisine, the burritos and tacos shall never be overlooked. Choose your tacos soft or crispy—filled to the brim with meat, onions, lettuce and bell peppers, and your burritos wrapped or served on a platter. And to meat-lovers (like me), La Carnita also serves their meat (beef, spiced chicken, cripsy pork, and ox tongue) slow-smoked and marinated in ten herbs and spices. It’s on a completely new level of tender and juicy and flavorful!
What stood out the best was, no doubt, the nachos. I’ve tried a lot of the Mexican dish in my life—my family and I even make homemade nachos with tortilla chips and cheese slash salsa dips, but nothing can compare to the cheese toppings the Nachos Ala Bomba has. Sometimes, cheesy can be bad—it makes a mess and it usually isn’t so appetizing to me, but La Carnita’s nachos really changed my mind. And if that wasn’t enough, the quesadillas sealed the deal, too—not many quesadilla dishes can pull off having as much cheese without overpowering the meat, the sauces, and the rest of the fillings.
Sorry to the homemade nachos, but my family and I have a better choice now to enjoy—so go and try it out for yourself!
What started out as an idea and a dream and a food park branched out into a restaurant satisfying the stomachs and cravings of many! Their cheese is what makes you come, but you will definitely stay and come back for more of everything else. Try it out—you won’t regret it.
23 Esteban Abada St., Quezon City