Fogo Grill Is Latino Inspired

Taco Bell? No, can you say Fogo? Fast food has its place and time, however, I prefer full service dining and I enjoy the wait. I know when the food order arrives at our table, it has a special touch and it is not cookie cutter food, where one size fits all.

Last evening, I took my wife, our son and 2 of our friends to Fogo for our evening meal. Fogo is located at O Residences, right before you get to Robinsons Place Mall on Lacson Street. I had been to Fogo before at their old location. It was my wife and our son’s first visit to Fogo. They certainly enjoyed their dining experience.

Creative Latino Food

That is what you get at Fogo. It is Latino inspired and it is not the run of the mill pseudo Mexican food that you get in chain restaurants. It is not the poor attempt in creating a cuisine that is enjoyed worldwide.

When was the last time you had a burrito that included Mexican rice in the burrito? You can have one at Fogo. Their beef burrito does not include ground beef but it is indeed beef that you can sink your teeth into. Your beef burrito will also have refried beans, cheese and a generous serving of House Salsa.

Tacos, nachos and burritos will put some color back into your face! Don’t forget the fajitas and chili con carne as well. Those are all on the Fogo Menu.

Have you ever had Guacamole Mousse? I didn’t think so. It is the one of the most fabulous desserts I ever had and I am looking forward to our next visit to Fogo.

Portuguese Inspired

Fogo is not one dimensional. There are also several Portuguese inspired dishes on their menu. Peri Peri Chicken and Seafood Cataplana are 2 examples.

I am very familiar with Portuguese Cuisine. My parents, brother and I lived in the state of Rhode Island for 4 years. There is a large Portuguese Community in Rhode Island and in the New England Area of the USA. To this very day, Chourico and Linguica remain at the top of the list of my favorite sausages. They are indeed Portuguese Sausage at its finest.

At home, I make a Portuguese style one pot dish. Clams, crabs, mussels, smoked sausages, corn on the cob, potatoes and whole white onions, all cooked together in one large stock pot. Now, we’re talking! It’s about time to make this again!

Support Your Locally Owned Restaurants

I am a firm believer in supporting the fine locally owned restaurants where you live. The large chain restaurants have business based on their internationally recognized names but the locally owned restaurants will earn your respect, if given the opportunity, by serving you high quality fresh food at reasonable prices.

The locally owned restaurants are down home style. Fresh, locally sourced food is used in preparation and not frozen food that has been shipped halfway around the world! Now, which do you think is better in taste and better for your health?

I enjoy writing about locally owned restaurants, as I have done so during the past 4 years. However, I have never received one centavo for writing about any restaurant. I only write about restaurants that I like and about restaurants that other foreigners will most likely enjoy. If we dine in a restaurant and there is nothing good about it, I don’t write about them. I am not going to write negative words about anyone’s business. Maybe the chef was sick that day? Perhaps the food supplier did not deliver and alternatives had to be used? Maybe all the waitstaff are new and are still learning? We have to think about such things before we blast a restaurant in public. I write about what I enjoy, not about what I don’t enjoy. You can be the judge about what you personally like. We are all different!

A little bit is better than nada but if you want the whole enchilada, you gotta check out Fogo.

I hope to see you one day, somewhere…all around Bacolod. Maybe I will see you at Fogo, di ba?

~ Gary ~

Mooon Cafe-Mexican Inspired

Mooon Cafe
When you talk to expats in the Bacolod Area, you will get mixed reviews about how they deem Mooon Cafe. I think some are disappointed because they are expecting authentic Mexican food, however, Mooon even says they are only Mexican inspired! Personally, I have enjoyed every time we have eaten at Mooon Cafe and we have taken a number of our American friends and family members there during their visits to Bacolod. All enjoyed their dining experience. Mooon Cafe is located in Robinsons City Walk, in the back of Robinsons Mall.

The atmosphere and decor at Mooon Cafe remind me of Chili’s Bar and Grill in south Florida. It’s nice! The wait staff have always been very good, so no complaints at all. There have always been many other customers at Mooon Cafe during our many dining experiences there and that is always a good sign! Few or no customers are not a good sign!

The one Mexican inspired dish that I really enjoy at Mooon Cafe is Tostaditas. This dish consists of 3 crispy corn tortillas that are topped with lettuce, ground beef, a small amount of refried beans, salsa, a little sour cream and shredded cheese.

Mooon Cafe also has the standard Mexican style dishes, aka Tex-Mex, in some parts of the USA. Tacos, burritos, chimichanga and quesadillas, together with a few other Mexican inspired dishes that are not so well known.

Mooon Cafe
Last weekend, I ordered the Mexican baby back ribs at Mooon Cafe and they were awesome! The ribs were a small rack with five bones intact! The ribs were very tender and had been marinated very well. The BBQ sauce was a little sweet but not overly powering. Without mentioning names, Mooon Cafe ribs were better than a few other restaurants in Bacolod which specialize in ribs! Seriously!

Mooon Cafe
Blue Lemonade! Wow! It not only looks fabulous but the taste is also fabulous!

Mooon Cafe has a large and elaborate menu. There is also pizza, pasta, seafood and Filipino dishes available. Their crispy pata is highly regarded by locals. Cold beer is served! The Mooon Cafe bar staff can also whip up a few cocktails for you.

Just remember when you go to Mooon Cafe, you are not going to Senorita Conchita’s Cantina, as found in the Mexican-American communities in the USA! Authentic Mexican food, no, inspired Mexican food, yes, at Mooon Cafe in Bacolod City. They also have branches in other cities in the Philippines. The food and drink prices are affordable. Between the hours of 2pm-5pm, you may choose 2 items off a 5 item Mexican inspired menu for only P125. Non-alcoholic drink included.

Mexican Night in Bacolod

The conversations among the American expat community in Bacolod has centered around Mexican Food lately. One expat told how he can make refried beans from pinto beans. Another expat and a good friend told us about a new Mexican Restaurant that opened up at Sorrento’s, “Tostados.” I haven’t checked out Tostados yet but I plan to, with an open mind. I think the best Mexican Food, thus far, is found right in our home.

We recently had Mexican Night in our home. I have many of the ingredients to make Mexican food but not all. It isn’t 100% authentic but close enough for my taste.


Tostados on a Corn Tortilla

This is the Mexican dish that I know as Tostados. It is a corn tortilla layered with refried beans, ground beef (I used ground round beef from SM Supermarket), tomatoes, onions, shredded cheddar cheese and taco or picante sauce. The corn tortillas are Mega Mexicana brand, product of the Philippines, and were purchased at SM Supermarket. The refried beans are Ortega brand, purchased at Lopues Mandalagan Supermarket.

tapatio picante sauce

Tapatio Salsa Picante

The Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce was purchased at Shopper’s Pick, across the street from Robinsons Place on Lacson Street.


Tostados on a Flour Tortilla

The same exact ingredients, only this is on a flour tortilla instead of a corn tortilla. The flour tortillas are also Mega Mexicana brand, product of the Philippines, and purchased at SM Supermarket.

Mexican Night would not be Mexican Night without tacos! After these tostados, I went a little light with the tacos.

Chicken Taco

Chicken Taco

Chicken Taco

Chicken Taco

These were light chicken tacos. I added refried beans, shredded chicken and diced tomatoes and onions. I left off the cheese but I didn’t forget the Tapatio Salsa Picante. It is Mexican hot sauce but not so hot. SM Supermarket¬† sells packets of Taco Seasoning and Fajita Seasoning, McCormick brand, if you are not into making your own or if you lack all the ingredients.

Mexican Night during December in Bacolod!