Location: San Juan
Google Maps: Ristas
Must Know: Small place, indoor and alfresco, Pay-as-you-order, Dishes good for sharing
Date: June 26, 2010, Dinner Time
This was strongly recommended by my sister, Kathleen, who drops by the place once in a while with her college friends. It was also recommended by some friends and also backed-up by a few word-of-mouth recommendations from other people. After putting this off for some time, I finally found the perfect timing to visit this place - which is by no means near my place.
Ordered from the menu:
Margarita Shake PHP 125.00
Sugar Cane Shake PHP 125.00
Barbacoa Burrito PHP 340.00
Baja Fish Tacos PHP 320.00
It was dinner time although we weren't really that hungry because we had a very late lunch earlier that day so we decided to make our way to Wilson Street to kill some time until our appetite kicked-in. Actually, I knew the approximate location of Ristra's but wasn't certain of the exact location so we did a little searching for this place - although in the end it wasn't really hard to find. Take note, this place isn't yet searchable in Google Maps.
The location is small but sufficient to probably fit 20-25 people inside, plus they have a few tables outside although I wouldn't really recommend staying out as the place is by a busy road and you wouldn't want to dine in a somewhat pollution-prone area. Unfortunately, we didn't have a choice because the place was packed so we found a table for two (2) outside right in front of their air cooler.
We were in a Mexican cantina so we just had to order burritos so our pick was the huge Barbacoa Burrito (PHP 340.00) which is described in the menu as having meat which was marinated for hours - it looks promising as I was looking for something really tasty. This is also good for sharing so we took the liberty of ordering another dish which ended up being the Baja Fish Tacos (PHP 320.00) to balance the meat with a seafood dish.
They prepare the burrito right in front of you, while ordering in front of the counter. It took roughly 2-3 minutes to prepare the entire thing, excluding the time it took to slightly cook the pita or burrito wrap. You get to choose your ingredients but since this was our first time, we just said "everything on it". The Baja fish tacos was still being prepared so we were given a number and started walking back to our table with our burrito and drinks.