Monday, January 5, 2015

Locavore Kitchen x Drinks

When one of my best friends is in town from Singapore, she always makes it a point to eat somewhere new and of course, in a Filipino restaurant. She was actually the one who discovered Locavore in Instagram and insisted that we eat there despite it being all the way in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

Locavore opened last October 2014 and the name actually means "one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible". They use organic ingredients and serve locally produced Filipino dishes with a French twist by Chef Mikel Zaguirre.

Not being familiar with the area, we almost passed by and missed the restaurant since the facade (as well as the street itself) was very unassuming.

They were still on soft opening when we visited and they had actually just started serving lunch (from 11:30am to 2:30pm) a few days before. But the place was surprisingly full on a weekday and we even spotted a few celebrities eating there as well. Looks like we were in the place to be! ;p

The whole place is very industrial and modern looking. I love the use of chalk on the bare concrete walls and the mix of metal with bamboo.

open kitchen

This was their Soft Opening Menu when we visited last month, so not sure if they changed some items or increased the price already at the start of this year.

Here's the stuff we ordered:

They have lots of choices of kinilaw like Fresh River Shrimp, Kalibo Oyster, Tanigue. and Lapu-Lapu. We ordered the Tuna and I really like the presentation in a jar. It was a little too oily for us though.

Tuna Kinilaw (P220)
Gensan Tuna/Wansoy/Green Bell Pepper/Red Bell Pepper/Ripe Mango/Togarashi

Pusit Ala Pobre (P220)
Squid/Squid Ink/Garlic Confit/Spring Onions

I'm not a fan of sinigang but I really enjoyed their version which is way different from how sinigang is usually served. This was probably my favorite dish from our entire meal!

Sizzling Sinigang (P530)
Beef Short Ribs/Sauteed French Beans/Sampaloc Gravy/Garlic Confit

Gising Gising (P290)
Sigarilyas/French Beans/Shallot and Garlic Confit/Gata/Spring Onion

This pata dish was kinda "makunat" though. It was a bit of a disappointment since we've definitely had better from other Filipino restaurants like Mesa and Crisostomo.

Thrice Cooked Pata (P770)
Picked Cucumber and Onion/Sarsa/Pinakurat/Bagoong Dipping Sauce/Soy Vinegar Sauce/Cucumber

On the other hand, this beef dish was really soft and tender. Another one of my favorites.

Beef Pares Stew (P390)
Short Ribs/Brisket/Star Anise/Garlic Confit/Shallot Confit

Love how they served the rice. They have organic white and brown rice to choose from as well.

Roasted Garlic White Rice (P70)

They had a lot of dessert items on the menu but only the Pandesal Pudding was available when we were there. We wanted to try the Leche Flan pa naman, but this was a good alternative.

Pandesal Pudding (180)
Custard/Pandesal/Cheese/Salted Egg/Dulce de Leche

Oh, and I really like how they have all kinds of sauces and condiments on the table. Really completes the dining experience.

There were some hits and misses but definitely a must try!

10 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Telephone: 632-9600
Mobile: 0923-5889419

Facebook: Locavore Kitchen & Drinks

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