AC RUMPA- Angeles City, Pampanga

AC Rumpa, short for Angeles City Retired US Military Personnel Association, serves classic American- Spanish influenced food. It is by far my favorite restaurant in Pampanga. I remember it was my cousin Ate Maya who introduced to me Rumpa more than five years ago. I’m so glad she did. From then on, Rumpa has become part of the itinerary every time we go to Pampanga. Just like last February when we were in Angeles City for the Hot Air Balloon festival.

We went to Rumpa twice that day, one was for lunch and the other was for take-out dinner.  It was our last stop before heading home to Manila   🙂

Good Ol' wooden sign

Enter the Gates of Food Haven

The interior gives a cozy feel, with dimmed lights and a blend of natural colors of the wall and furniture.

Neutral colors...basic and bold

Ready to be filled up with hungry customers

yum!!!

On the table:

The House Salad priced less than Php150 is good for sharing. The huge plate consists of lettuce, strips of green bell pepper and carrots, onion slices, tomato, ham, egg and cheese. It comes with thousand island dressing and crackers on the side.

The crispiness of the fresh veggies makes it special. They could however improve on the dressing.

Caesar Salad with crackers on the side...

Next is the Spaghetti Bolognese which Baloogs and I shared. It is served with toasted bread with butter. The thick tomato sauce is loaded with meat. It didn’t leave any impression on how it tasted. What stuck on my mind was the generous serving and that grated cheddar cheese was used instead of parmesan.

Spaghetti Bolognese with bread toast

Rumpa’s BBQ Spareribs is one of their best-sellers. This keeps me coming back to Rumpa. Its tender, fall off the bone meat is heavenly delicious. With less than Php 200, you seriously can now have ribs that are as good if not better than all the famous rib places.

It’s coated with rich, thick barbecue sauce that’s absolutely lip smacking. We love eating it with the sweet, tangy barbecue sauce poured on hot rice. Yum!

It’s so good that we each ordered a plate of this.  🙂

House Specialty....BBQ Spare ribs

This is what I had for dinner, Rumpa’s Burrito. Two large burritos for less than Php150. It’s loaded with beef, refried beans, onion, and cheese. It’s actually a “wet burrito” or enchilada style burrito, as it is smothered with red chili sauce. I like how the sauce covered the entire burrito; really delicioso! I just added hot sauce from taco bell since I wanted it HOT. Burrito locos can get true value for money as this Rumpa specialty promises a satisfying meal.

My Burrito to go...

I give AC Rumpa a clap…clap…clap for the excellent food, quick service, and value for money.

AC RUMPA
Location: 1307 Surla St., Balibago/ Sto. Rosario St., Angeles City
Contact: (045) 892-6659 (Balibago) / 331-4805 (Sto. Rosario)

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Mexican Express- Quezon City

Hola Amigos! I like to dig in Mexican food lately and I say most of the restos I’ve visited offer pricey dishes. Surprisingly, there’s this small joint in SikatunaVillage that serves good yet affordable mexican food. There’s nothing on the menu higher than 120 pesos so there’s no reason to complain. Heheheh…

For first timers, they recommend their best-sellers which are: Super Burrito, Crispy Super Taco, Chimichanga, Chicken Flauta, Burrito Dog, Quesadilla, Ice Cream Wrap and House Iced Tea! I know I have a big appetite but I couldn’t handle all those so I just chose to sample a few.

The Cheese Flauta is a small rolled-up tortilla with creamy cheese filling, just like cheese sticks that are about 3 inches long. The filled tortilla is crisp-fried golden brown and served with salsa. For 50 pesos, you can savor the creamy cheese filing with bits of green bell pepper for a sweet and spicy taste.

I find this dish ok; nothing so special about it. The tortilla wrap is thick. I’m expecting a ‘crunch’ for every bite but it was chewy instead. Thanks for the salsa that helped me finish it or else it would be left cold on the edge of the table.

This is the Super Burrito split in two. It’s only 119 pesos. Would you believe that? I like this the most; the sweet and spicy filling simply made my taste buds excited. It’s loaded with beef, cheese, re-fried beans, bell pepper, rice, tomato, onion, cilantro, and some other spices. It’s not an authentic mexican dish but I commend Mexican Express for adapting a pinoy taste/twist to this burrito. I can say it’s now my el paborito. 🙂

This is the Cheese Quesadilla. We obviously had a lot of cheese that day. It’s the same as the cheese flauta except this one is served folded…not rolled. The tortilla is heated on a griddle and flipped until the cheese melts, whereas the Cheese Flauta is deep fried. Sad to say, this dish gets a thumbs down for me. There was barely any cheese in it. Priced at 69 pesos, I’d rather get a Nacho with beef and salsa for php65.

I was asked to try the House Iced Tea. One of the crew said, they won’t charge me for the drinks if I don’t find it good. Well, it is good. For only Php30, this drink served on a tall glass brought back the smile on my face. It has a sweet raspberry flavor (that’s what i tasted, i’m not quite sure). The serving is big, it can be shred by 2. Perfect to cool down the tongue from the hot sauce and spicy salsa.

Overall, I give Mexican Express a clap, clap, clap still… for two reasons, first is that the menu isn’t painful to the pocket and 2nd for the fresh and good tasting burrito. I will come back to try the chimichanga and chili con carne. Gracias!

 

 

Mexican Express

162 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Contact #: 435-5555