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If you’re jonesing for traditional and authentic Mexican food… no, this is not the place for you. But if you like flavorful, modern, Mexican-INSPIRED food and drinks, then yes, ven aquí a Vengo!

My favorite is the Pork Cheek Confit Taco — crispy-fried pork cheek and chicharon in a soft taco. They make their tacos and tortillas fresh everyday. I like washing it down with one of their signature cocktails, like that Sweep The Leg drink made with gin, cucumber, mint, lime,and a splash of water with orris root essence. Light and refreshing on a sun-blasted Manila day. Or night.

It’s a cafe and restaurant in one, offering a lot of tasty, Mexican-fusion dishes to choose from — from salads and tortillas to rice bowls — as well as an array of coffee concoctions and cocktail drinks. Vengo Neighborhood Cafe has a branch on Carlos Palanca St. (just off De La Rosa St.) in Legaspi Village in Makati. It’s open from 11am onwards.