Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tex-Mex Fiesta Grande at the Oakroom

All your favorite flavors from south of the border, in one grand buffet at the Oakroom. Another themed culinary feast from the kitchens of the Oakroom, this time with a Tex-Mex twist. 

Fridays just got better at the Oakroom. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas, nachos and more, the Oakroom introduces the Tex-Mex Fiesta Grande, a lavish feast of Southwestern flavors every Friday at the Oakroom.

I've always associated classic Mexican and Southwestern cuisine with celebrations and fun times, and Executive Chef Jerome Cartailler and his staff recreates that cool vibe with an assortment of dishes for a real Mexican fiesta at the Oakroom. 

And here's the cool part. You get to enjoy bottomless margaritas, and the Oakroom doesn't skimp on their tequila, to get you in that "fiesta" groove in no time...

...but just in case you want something tamer, you can go for the bottomless Shirley Temples too. And don't worry, no one will give you funny looks with your drink, the Oakroom's refreshing Shirley Temples are served in cool glasses. Refreshingly sweet, and you're ready to feast on the Oakroom's Tex-Mex spread.

Start your feast with a wide assortment of fresh salads, like the Pulled Barbecue Chicken Salad, with juicy and smoky chicken strips mixed with fresh vegetables with a sharp lime dressing...

...the Steak Fajita Salad, with tender strips of beef and spicy jalapenos for that extra kick...

...the Pulled Barbecue Pork Salad with smoky barbecued pork topped with cheese...

...and the Santa Fe Chopped Salad, each bursting with fresh and comforting Southwestern flavors. Fresh, rich flavors loaded with cheese, sour cream, fresh greens, an assortment of meats, sweet corn, beans, nacho chips, herbs and lime. And there's more...

Head on down to the Oakroom's Taco Station and build yourself a real taco. Choose from beef, chicken or pork, then add fresh shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, an assortment of salsas, fresh tomatoes,  onions and a dollop of sour cream. At the Oakroom's Taco Station, you can build your tacos just the way you like it.

Fresh, rich, tart, all the comforting flavors of Tex-Mex cuisine on a plate. One taco with chicken, white cheddar, sour cream, and fresh pico de gallo, and the other with beef topped with Monterey Jack cheddar, a spicy salsa and sour cream, with a side of nachos with refried beans and salsa. The taco shells are crisp, and holds its shape throughout without crumbling to pieces. I go for a second  plate, and the taco shells remain intact all the way. Good job on the taco shells. And the range of fillings just keep you coming back for more. And those nachos. Like they say, once you start with those fresh and crisp nachos, you just can't stop.

For the mains, the Oakroom has an equally impressive selection, including the tender and juicy Slow Roast Beef Brisket served with a sweet and tangy Southwestern style barbecue sauce (L) and Roasted Salmon Fillet with Salsa (R) for that Tex-Mex twist.

Grab some of the Oakroom's Chicken Tortillas, with tender chicken and crisp vegetables wrapped in a fresh tortilla, a healthy yet flavorful dish. And go ahead, use your hands. And that's why Tex-Mex cuisine is not only rich and flavorful, it's fun too.

Looking for extra heat? Go for the Jalapeno Poppers (L), a spicy number served with sweet mango mayo to balance the spice, and Buffalo Wings (R), with just the right amount of heat. And both go great with your margaritas. Or your Shirley Temples.

Go for more Tex-Mex flavors with Oakroom's Chicken Burritos (L) and Corona Beef Strips (R). The Chicken Burritos are packed with familiar and comforting flavors, and other options include beef and pork. The tender Corona Beef Strips is refreshingly different, with premium beef cooked in Corona beer for unique flavors.

In between plates, be sure to get some of Oakroom's Southwestern Corn on the Cob, sweet, tender corn with butter and seasoned with herbs and spices for a rich blend of Southwestern flavors.

Here's another cool new dish. The Oakroom's Tequila and Bacon Gambas, plump and juicy shrimps cooked in tequila and wrapped in bacon, combining the subtle sweetness of tequila, the pronounced sharp notes of the bacon, and the fresh briny shrimps. Chef Jerome Cartailler has another winner with this one.

Complete your Tex-Mex feast at the Oakroom with their Beef Chimichanga (L) covered in cheese, and traditional Banana Leaf Tamales (R), with the banana leaf adding subtle hints of flavor.

Looking for a comforting bowl of steaming hot soup? The Oakroom's Beef Tortilla Soup should fix your craving. Rich and hearty, perfect before or in between your rounds of Tex-Mex dishes. And why not, it's a buffet.

For dessert, you have the Oakroom's wide range of indulgent treats, like Lime Pies, Leche Flan topped with fresh fruits, cheesecakes, ice cream, a chocolate fountain and more...

...and to complete the Tex-Mex fiesta mode, go for some of Oakroom's Churros, soft and chewy coated with sugar and cinnamon. The Oakroom's Tex-Mex Fiesta Grande is featured every Friday from 6pm to 10pm, reasonably priced at only P 990+++ per person, a pretty good deal. You don't have to bring your old sombrero, but do bring a hefty appertite. Fridays definitely just got better at the Oakroom.

The Oakroom is located at The Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila, 17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig or call 637-7888 for inquiries.

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