Venice Grand Canal Mall in Taguig is home to a great number of old favorites and new restaurant concepts. The food choices there is countless, given the huge number of people working around the area and also mall goers who just can’t seem to get enough of the mall’s Venetian look. And with an array of different cuisines that the mall has to offer, diners will surely find something that can satisfy their craving. In this edition of EATSplorations, we will be sharing about South American dishes from a newly opened restaurant—Yuca. We are fans of South American dishes because of the variety in texture and in flavor, and how visually appealing the dishes are. Join us as we EATSperience Fresh Tacos and More at Yuca in Venice Grand Canal Mall! Enjoy!
Yuca at Venice Grand Canal Mall!
Located at the ground floor of Venice Grand Canal, Yuca sits at the far end of the floor from the main entrance. We entered at the mall’s main entrance so we had quite a long walk with a view of the canal.
Vibrant colors and hues of blue and yellow was what welcomed us when we went inside Yuca. Casual-dining and cozy vibe perfect for office lunch outs, after work dinner, and meal time with family and friends. We loved how lively everything looked and how it set the mood for us as we waited for our food. Focusing on Argentinian and Peruvian cuisine, Yuca gives diners an experience with different techniques and influences from various parts of South America. Now onto the food!
Nachos to start things off! Pulled beef barbacoa, marinara, onion confit, picked jalapeno, and corn salsa on a blanket of creamy cheese sauce. The different nacho chips are served in a separate bowl to prevent it from getting soggy, which we think is a good idea! Keeping that crunch from the chips with layers of texture from the dip
An instant favorite! Yes, we can never say no to uber crispy chicken skin. Well, who can, right? Every piece of this was pure awesomeness. Never miss trying this appetizer!
Grilled squid, prawns, tuna tataki, dressed in Yuca’s refreshing ceviche dressing and chili. We loved how fresh the seafood tasted and the balance of flavors from the dressing with a kick from the chili.
We liked the open-faced taco concept from Yuca, as it allowed us to see the different ingredients. Chili con carne, corn salsa, Yuca slaw, salsa verde, topped with crispy garlic on a piece of green scallion tortilla.
For a heavier version, El Bigote is a good choice. Pulled beef barbacoa, fresh chimichurri, Yuca slaw, red radish and crispy onions on a flour tortilla. The crunch from the slaw and the tender strands of pulled beef complemented each other really well both in flavor and in texture.
This taco was aesthetically appetizing, because of the play in colors from the pink salmon and purple yam tortilla. We loved the salmon cubes tossed in sriracha aioli, with chopped scallions, toasted white and black sesame seeds, pickled chili and cucumber.
Fabada is a traditional bean stew. Yuca’s fabada is composed of beans, chickpeas, chicken chorizo, chicken fillet, peppers, and tender ox tripe served with homemade corned beef, and horseradish cream and cilantro sauce. The fabada was rich in flavor and we loved that the homemade corned beef was perfectly cooked and the horseradish cream and cilantro sauce is a personal favorite!
Grilled loin beef on mashed patatas, topped with freshly made chimichurri sauce and crispy basil. We loved the cook on the loin beef, it was juicy and tender enough to have that much needed bite. The mashed patatas and chimichurri sauce? Superb! A must-try!
Rich, smooth and creamy creme brulee with just the right amount of sweetness, with an added well-balanced flavor from the sweet and sour pineapple.
Crisp on the outside with a panna cotta like texture in the inside. Drizzled with syrup with a serving of fresh fruits and cream. Very tropical to end a great meal.
From the interior, the staff and of course, the dishes, everything about Yuca is festive and colorful. Diners will surely have a great time dining at this restaurant that focuses on South American cuisine. Aside from the variety of food that they have, Yuca has a wide spread of drinks as well. From fresh fruit shakes (which we ordered) to alcoholic beverages. Diners will surely enjoy their meal at Yuca more with a refreshing drink of their choice. We enjoyed our first Yuca EATSperience and will surely be back to try their other delectable dishes. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations, ’till next time!
Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
11:00am to 11:00pm (Mon-Thu)
10:00am to 11:00pm (Fri-Sun)
Budget: 1200 php for two