PINEAPPLE COAST: Secret Mexican Tacos in Pampanga by Nico Tayag!

Pineapple Coast is a Mexican Tacos and Bar by Nico Tayag of Bale Dutung fame. During the pandemic, the Tayags had this craving for Mexican food that they had to learn Mexican cuisine, its regionalistic intricacies and its relationship with Filipino food via the Acapulco trade. It took them 6+ months to finalize the recipes before they opened this secret Mexican joint in Angeles, Pampanga.

We tried it with the family, and we all loved it, especially the kids. Check this out when you visit Clark or Angeles this summer.


ABOUT PINEAPPLE COAST

I loved the quaint and unassuming vibe. Hidden along Zeppelin St. in Angeles, you can Waze it easily but you have to be creative parking along the street.

PINEAPPLE COAST
8A Zeppelin, Hensonville, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga, Philippines
Mobile: +63 918 431 1715
Email: pineapplecoastph@gmail.com
Operating Hours: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Instagram: @pineapplecoastph
Facebook: Pineapple Coast

Pineapple Coast Menu: Antojitos, Ceviche, Salsas, Extras, Tacos, Mulitas Y Platos

Inside, it feels like you are eating in a Mexican taco shack. They open at 5pm onwards for a happy hour treat and hangout with friends. Start with the ceviches and appetizers before going for the tacos.

Bar Menu: Cocktails, Wines, Beverages Menu | Gin, Rum, Whiskey Menu

Yes, they have a bar that can make a good cocktail and anything that you desire to enjoy with your tacos.

Whisky Sour (₱250). bulleit bourbon, lemon juice, syrup

I loved my whisky sour which was not sweet and had acidic sourness that cleaned the palate.


ANTOJITOS

Chips and Salsa (₱170). chips and three salsas: pico de Gallo, salsa Rosa, salsa verde

Kids loved the chips and dipping them in the different salsas. Good to start with this while waiting for your drinks.

Pulpo Y Chorizo (₱380). chorizo, garlic, octopus, salsa verde

A good pica pica with chunks of chorizo and octopus that you can put on the chips with salsa and lemon zest.


CEVICHE

Aguachile Ceviche (₱570).
yellowtail tuna, octopus, cucumber, cilantro, green chili, lime
Mariscos Ceviche (₱520)
yellowfin tuna, avocado, cilantro, tomatoes, red onions, lime

The perfect pulutan—healthy, tasty and nice to pair with cocktails.

Enjoyed topping the chips with ceviche.

Order both versions, the aguachile with tuna and salsa and the mariscos version with cucumber and avocado.


TACOS, MULITAS Y PLATOS

Gringo (₱350). deep fried corn tortilla, stewed USDA beef brisket, cheese, pico de Gallo, lettuce

The gringo version comes with crispy tortillas with strands of beef brisket and tomato and lettuce. You’ll love the crunch with a good balance of meat and salad.

Yaqui (₱380). USDA beef brisket confit, whole green chili, bacon, cheese

This beef brisket with corn tortilla (yes, not flour tacos!) is best eaten with their white sauce—cilantro sour cream. Yum!

Gobernador (₱380). shrimp, red bell pepper, green chili, cheese

Lots of shrimp in one taco that you can finish in 2-3 bites. Best with some lime. Each serving comes in 3 tacos just perfect for sharing for a family of 6. We got to try most of the tacos.

Cangrejo (₱320) beer battered soft shell blue crab, cilantro sour cream, pickled red onion

For something different, we ordered the soft shell crab version—which we loved—with a good crab meat taste and crunch from the shell.

Al Pastro (₱290). grilled pork shoulder, roasted pineapples, onions, cilantro

Grilled pork with sweetness from the pineapple balanced by onions and cilantro that gets you into beach travel mode.

Perron (₱330). grilled chicken, black beans, cheese, onions, cilantro

Slices of grilled chicken with black beans. I liked adding Salsa Rosa, Salsa Verde and some chili spice to enjoy.

Asada Campechano (₱390). grilled USDA short ribs, Mexican chorizo, onions, cilantro

If you want to have more beefy meats mixed with some chorizo for your taco. Loved this!

Homemade Fresh Soda – Raspberry (₱120)

Check out their fresh soda made from fruits and some oxygenated bubbles.

Birria Mulitas (₱480). stewed USDA beef belly, garlic, chilis, onions, cilantro

The Birria version is our favorite meat for our taco. You can order it Mulitas style which is like Quesadilla or sandwiched taco served in a round platter that you can cut into three pizza slices. Yum!

Birria Campechano Platos (₱645). stewed USDA short ribs, ox tripe, onions, cilantro

You can also order the bigger Platos version served like do it yourself deconstructed tacos that can be good for 5-6 persons.


Final Thoughts

Overall, Pineapple Coast was surprisingly good, from the ceviche to the tacos. We loved the Birria (stewed beef), Yaqui (beef brisket) with the cilantro sour cream, asada and the al pastor. Go for the bigger Mulitas or Platos version that’s good for sharing, and customize your tacos.

The tacos go well with the cocktails and homemade fresh sodas. Budget about ₱500-800/head with drinks for a great taco night with friends in Angeles.

Congrats to Team Pineapple Coast—Nico Tayag, Chef Gina, Milkky, and Mark for this awesome Mexican taco place in Angeles, Pampanga!

PINEAPPLE COAST
Mobile: +63 918 431 1715
Email: pineapplecoastph@gmail.com
Operating Hours: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Instagram: @pineapplecoastph
Facebook: Pineapple Coast

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Disclosure: Thank you to Nico Tayag for our Pineapple Coast experience. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.

P.S. Loved the dark edgy restroom at the back.

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