And we're sure the name doesn't just refer to the fires in stoves. With its fusion of Filipino and Mexican dishes — both of which had influence from their former Spanish colonial masters — Posporo "matches" two cuisines that, arguably, are perfect for each other. After trying a couple of their dishes, here's what we have to say.
Because it's part of a food hall, Posporo technically doesn't have its own place. Instead, it shares the floor with around a dozen other stalls. But, unlike your usual carinderia, there are uniformed employees roaming the area, waiting to greet you with a cheerful "Welcome!"
Also, Hole in the Wall looks small from the outside, but it really isn't. If you visit it around 11 AM, you're bound to find a comfy place to sit — whether it's a simple wooden chair, or a luxurious sofa. Posporo, in particular, is accessible if you're sitting somewhere in the middle of the hall.
Considering Hole in the Wall's setup, Posporo has to hand out pagers (see image above), which light up and buzz when your order is done. Speaking of which…
According to Posporo's SOP, there are two steps to your orders. First, you choose a "plate" dish. Then, you choose your "meat" dish. You can also add extras — like meat, ensalada, atsuete rice, pico de gallo and refried monggo — if you want.
In our case, we chose the Street Tacos for our plate, and the Sarsi Adobo Carnitas for our meat. The Street Tacos came with flour tortillas, onions and sarsa, while the Sarsi Adobo Carnitas was made of meat slow-cooked in Sarsi root beer — along with cinnamon, cane vinegar, garlic, orange juice and soy sauce.
Anyway, the taco left us wanting more. So, we ordered the Carnitas Nachos — and boy, did it surprise us.
To quench our thirst (because everyone needs to in this summer heat), we had the Pepino Fresca.
For this part, we'll talk about the service of Hole in the Wall in general, as well as Posporo's. Your experience with the two will go hand in hand, after all.
Once you enter Hole in the Wall, the employees will serve you water without you having to ask for it. They also keep an eye out for unused trays, so you won't have much to obstruct your table (and for the sake of other customers). To us, that's a refreshing (no pun intended) change from what you see in other food courts.
As for Posporo, their service was great as well. The staff manning the counter were friendly but not pushy, and the meals were cooked for a reasonable amount of time. If you think a dozen minutes is too long to wait for your order to arrive, wait until you see your dish.
Honestly, we couldn't ask for a better experience from a food stall. Sure, its menu doesn't offer much in terms of quantity, but it more than makes up for it in terms of quality. Every dish is cooked with love and care, and you'd want to share said dishes with your friends for any occasion. Hopefully, Posporo will add newer and tastier creations to their repertoire, so they'll continue to make the list for the most loved restaurants in Makati in the years to come.