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Tacoritto: Mixing Food and Art

There’s a new place in Bacolod that mixes Food and Art.  It’s an interesting concept to have an art gallery along with a restaurant.  That’s what Tacoritto: Food and art is all about.

Tacoritto is located along Margarita Street, Eroreco

Tacoritto is located along Margarita Street, Eroreco Subdivison beside Pamilya grill. Telephone number (034) 432-9242.

Tacoritto’s owner is  Rafael Parderna, a famous local artist.  Mr. Paderna loves to eat and so with his wife decided to set up a food business and at the same time have a place to display his sculpture and works of art.

The inside of Tacoritto is air conditioned and there are two dining areas, both are filled with Mr. Paderna’s beautiful artwork and sculptures.

The main dining area of Tacoritto is filled with sculptures and paintings.

Having colorful paintings and sculptures to look at while dining is quite enjoyable.  The artwork also serves as conversation pieces among the diners.  We took a look at some of the wonderful pieces on display.

One of Mr. Paderna’s favourite motifs is the mother and child. This motif crops up quite often in his work.

Mr. Paderna is also skilled in making metal sculptures and sprinkled throughout the restaurant are little copper statuettes.

Mr. Paderna is also skilled in making metal sculptures and sprinkled throughout the restaurant are little copper statuettes.

The second dining area showcases a lot of black and white ink sketches as well as a scattering of paintings.

The gorgeous interplay of neon colors and paint splatters make this picture just pop out of the canvas!

The gorgeous interplay of neon colors and paint splatters make this picture just pop out of the canvas!

There’s a lot of great artwork to admire but more importantly, we came for the food!  There’s a lot of great dishes available for the discerning diner. For starters we tried their Fish and Chips: Tacoritto doesn’t use cream dory! Instead they use another type of fish – one that’s meatier. the result is a very thick, chewy fish coated in batter that’s very delicious and flavorful. This was served with a small salad and on a bed of french fries. Wonderful combination.

Fish and Chips.

Tacoritto has combo meals that are priced at 145 pesos and come with rice and iced tea.  However, unlike most combo meals that you purchase from fast food chains or your local carinderia, Tacoritto’s combo meals are really good, on par with dishes available at fine dining restaurants.

Our first combo meal was their Pork and chicken skewer. The dish consisted of thick chicken and pork chunks along with mushrooms, corn and bell peppers on a thin metal skewer.  The whole thing was grilled and then coated with a sweet-savory sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Pork and chicken skewers. 145 php.

Pork and chicken skewers. 145 php.

Our second combo meal that we tried was their Chicken Piccata.  For us the dish deviated quite a bit from the original Italian recipe.  In this instance, the chicken wasn’t dredged in flour and fried.  The sauce lacked the distinct lemony taste that Piccata is known for.  Despite that, this was still a good and tasty dish.  I love chicken and this – although not authentic Piccata was quite passable and agreeable to my palate.

Chicken Piccata: 145 php.

Tacoritto’s grilled porkchop with bacon wrapped beans is a great dish.  Everybody loves bacon!  The dish consists of a grilled porkchop and some stringbeans grilled and wrapped in Bacon. The whole dish is liberally doused in the same sweet sauce that was served with the Pork and chicken skewers so the tastes are somewhat identical.

Grilled porkchop with Bacon-wrapped beans.

Grilled porkchop with Bacon-wrapped beans. 145 php.

Tacoritto is a great place to visit however they are still quite unprepared and can’t keep up with the orders.  We waited one hour for our orders to arrive because the staff mistakenly gave our orders away to other tables.  Hopefully Tacoritto has fixed their service by the time this article is published.  We enjoyed our visit and we thought the art and food were lovely and we will return soon to try other dishes!

The Bacolod Food Hunters did not receive any freebies or incentives for this article. All meals are paid for out of our own pocket.

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