Kanin and so much more.
WHEN TO GO: The Westgate branch of Kanin Club, like the restaurant’s first branch in Sta. Rosa, is always full. It seems like there’s always a party of four or five waiting by the door, eyeing your table to see when they can get their turn to eat some of the Kanin Club grub (after eating there, you’ll see why). If you really don’t want to wait during the day, come at around 1:45pm - when the lunch crowd is on their way out.
WHAT TO EAT: Aside from the rice (brown, aligue, or just good ’ole fashioned white, fragrant, rice from Mindoro), try the Thai Green Mango Salad (Php 142) and the Crispy Beef Salad (Php 204) - together. The result? A mix of textures and a more balanced taste (the crispy beef mellows the tartiness of the green mango). I love the way the Binukadkad na Tilapia looks on the plate, so elegant and frozen in time at the very moment that it was fried. Other must-tries are the Laing and the Crispy Tadyang- the latter is so good that there’s no need to ask for any dipping sauces.
Crispy Tadyang and Laing
THE SCENE: Families galore!
INSIDER TIPS: Leave with their freshly baked bread (Php 75 per loaf), sometimes displayed when there’s stock, but for the most part, it’s good to call ahead of time to order. No reservations are accepted at this joint, so come early and be prepared to wait if you’re there during the lunch and dinner peak hours.
Kanin Club is located at Westgate Alabang, Muntinlupa City with telephone number 771-1400.
Images taken by Cathy Paras-Lara.