New Restaurant Alert: Dekada at Glorietta 3, Makati
It’s a trip through time...with food.
Dekada, Historic Filipino Cuisine
2/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
Contact: 0922-854-7543, 0919-426-6011
Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) What decade would you like to live in? What decade did you actually live in? Don't worry if your answers to these two questions aren't the same, because Dekada is a throwback to any decade.
Newspaper letters on the sign
Chairs are very similar to Akira, but with more local imagery.
Shelves full of kitsch
Dekada is an original Filipino concept restaurant by the same minds behind SumoSam, Balboa, and Banzai. Founders Ricky Laudico, Marvin Agustin, and Raymund Magdaluyo decided to put up a restaurant that hits close to home, a restaurant that serves "historic Filipino cuisine."
Pako Salad with Adobo Flakes
The whole menu reads like a history book. The first page, headlined Aperitivo de las Islas Filipinos, is a mix of Gambas (P348), Baby Squid Al Ajillo (P218), or the Monggo con Chorizo (P238)-all aptly named after personalities during the time of Magellan, which is the name they use to call their Beef Salpicao (P359).
Sinigang sa Sugpo sa Kamias
Adobo Rice and Bagoong Rice
It’s a crash course in history-but with food as the medium. "The Rice of Christianity" is the next chapter of the story, with religious orders taking the spotlight: Agustino Bagoong Rice (P328), Domincano Adobo Rice (P268), and Franciscano Dilis Rice (P268). Then comes local heroes: General Luna's Chicken (P298), Bonifacio Bistek Tagalog (P289), and Aguinaldo’s Twice-Cooked Adobo (P389).
Magdiwang Family Fiesta
The Rizal Lechon Manok (P298/P578) is cooked to the right tenderness, though it could benefit from extra marinating time. The Gomburza Kare-Kare (P348) is a thick, glistening, golden stew of generous oxtail and tripe chunks. Spoon some of the sweet-savory sauce over plain white rice and you're bound to sing praises. If you plan on indulging a bit more, go for the Sakay Bicol Express (P289)-crispy, fried liempo slices served with a classic spicy sauce, amped up by the creaminess of gata. Fast forward to the decade of Japanese invasion and you can have your fill of Kempeitai Gising-Gising (P168), Hukbalahap Pinakbet (P189), or Yamashita Sinigang (P389). The latter is a treasure of plump prawns swimming in a kamias broth.
Dekada’s interpretation of Bicol Express
Dekada '70 represents the rise of disco, Coke, and beauty queens. It’s slightly more relaxed compared to the heartiness of the earlier decades. There's the comforting combination of Ensaymada at Tsokolateng Batirol (P148), a heavy Dinuguan with Puto (P178), and an exquisite Palitaw (P98). What comes after is the declaration of Martial Law, and here, expect to be served Proclamation No. 1081 (P138), a fully-loaded buko halo-halo; or you can also opt for EDSA (P168), a thirst-quenching Milo Godzilla. And at the end of it all, there's Cardinal Sin Watermelon Shake (P128) to save the day.
It'll take you some 15 minutes to go through the witty menu cover to cover, and another 15 to admire all the memorabilia displayed in every corner. There are cassette tapes, vinyl records (the classic ones), and movie posters starring a young Nora Aunor and Christopher de Leon during his prime. Pop culture, history, and culinary lessons are all rolled into one in Dekada. It's the perfect place to reminisce and feel nostalgic, and to satisfy a craving for a dining experience that's worth-even more than-a lifetime.
Photographs courtesy of Dekada