10 Best Things We Ate in September
Noteworthy dishes in this food-filled month
(SPOT.ph) If you didn’t already know, here at SPOT.ph, we love food. You need it to live, but we find that there are some dishes that go well past the virtue of necessity. While others content themselves with a deep fryer and the usual salt and pepper, there are some who make—or at least try to make—an art out of it, with delicious displays and even yummier flavors. We believe those that go above and beyond their duty deserve necessary recognition. So here are our top picks among the dishes we ate throughout September.
Churreria La Lola's Jamon y Queso Xuxo
This beautiful churro eliminates your previous misconceptions that this fried pastry is a mere snack food. Light but substantial, it made its debut at Madrid Fusion Manila. The combination of Manchego cream and salty jamon Serrano is an upgraded take on ham and cheese, while chives and crisped onions give it that balance that we often look for nowadays in every little bite. We love the Chocochurros, too!
Single Origin's Waffles
Have them with the breakfast sausage, have them with corned beef, have them with fried chicken. We don't care what you pair them with, but you absolutely must have the waffles. We don't want to build it up too much because great expectations set up great disappointments. We'll just describe it instead. The waffles come in a square shape and flaunt a gorgeous crusty exterior that crackles to reveal a fluffy lining. On its own, it's not too sweet, but the top has a thin coat of caramelized sugar that gives it extra texture and extra sweetness. What maple syrup?
Single Origin is at C3 Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Single Origin.
UCC Clockwork's Crabby Fatty Omurice
Dishes like this are always pretty suspicious. The rice is inside and you watch with bated breath as you slice through that fluffy egg dome to see whether it's a hit or miss. In Clockwork's case, it's definitely a blockbuster. The egg is so creamy—we would totally support Clockwork if they offered it separately—and it seamlessly melds with the pool of aligue cream. The rice itself is laden with the rich stuff, wonderfully highlighting the crab flavor.
UCC Clockwork has branches at Blue Bay Walk, EDSA Extension, Pasay City; and Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City.
Ooma's Uni Udon
The only way to describe this dish is in superlatives. The bouncy, chubby Japanese noodles are treated to a luxurious dip in delicious uni cream sauce. You'd think that'd make it incredibly rich, but it doesn't. Everything is on point, even with the dollop of fresh uni that really sprinkles an extraordinary note of brine in there. For a change of pace, Ooma tosses in some mushrooms, shrimps, and onions, too! We don't know what to tell you. This dish had us speechless and just blissfully busy with our bowl.
Ooma is at 3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City. Read more about Ooma.
Nikkei's Green Ceviche
Japanese-Peruvian cuisine is making waves in Metro Manila, and Nikkei is definitely making its mark with its peppy flavors. From its line-up of lip-smacking ceviches, the wasabi-tinted Green Ceviche stands out the most for our excited taste buds. The punch of Japanese horseradish is kept to a soft nudge—present but not overpowering. The subtle heat blends nicely into the tartness and it's light enough that we can have 10 of this in one sitting.
Nikkei is at Frabelle Building, Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Read more about Nikkei.
Honey Crème’s Organic Honeycomb
Welcome to the Philippines, Honey Crème. This Taiwanese chain peddles many quirky flavors, but our hearts remain faithful to the bestselling Organic Honeycomb. Their basic ice cream isn’t so much about sweetness as it is about texture—cool velvet that’s so impressively smooth. The sweetness comes from that sensational cube of honeycomb and the extra drizzle of honey. The flavors remain delicate, but oh so amazing.
Honey Crème is at 4/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Honey Crème.
Moonshine's 500 Gram Pork
This hefty pork meal stops conversation. No, seriously. The crunch of that perfectly roasted skin is so loud, you won't hear anything else, not even the loud music blaring through the speakers. The pork is cooked twice: first, low and slow for the heat to get into the meat, cook everything, but leave it moist; then, a quick trip in high heat to develop that great golden crackling skin. The side of vinegar brightens the heavy flavors.
Moonshine is at Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas, Pasig City. Read more about Moonshine.
CoCo Ichibanya's Hamburger Curry
Orders at CoCo Ichibanya are customized, from the rice serving to the heat levels to the pairing. You have to get the burger with the vegetables, but make sure you get the burger with cheese. From the outside, it looks like your everyday large burger patty sitting in a delicious puddle of glorious Japanese curry. But it is so much more than that. Slice through that baby and out comes melted mozzarella that mixes into the curry, making it thick and gooey. You better get the 300-gram rice.
CoCo Ichibanya has branches at Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City; and One Rockwell, Makati City. Read more about CoCo Ichibanya.
Oyasumi's Cheesy Risotto
Leftovers turn into something extra special in this gem of a ramen place. When you find yourself with no more noodles and a whole lot of broth (and aren't we in this situation often?), you can ask the kitchen to turn that soupy bowl into a cheesy risotto for an extra P60. We love how the intense heat of the spicy Kara broth mellows out into something distinct but light with just a ticklish level of spice. Parmesan and mozzarella give it that creamy touch.
Oyasumi is at 308 P. Guevara Street, San Juan City. Read more about Oyasumi.
Pepi Cubano's Pepi Cubano
The festive medley of roasted pork, ham, pickles, mustard, and cheese in a compact and neat little package—that is Pepi Cubano. Its flat and modest appearance barely lets you in on the hefty filling underneath. Pepi Cubano (the new restaurant) maintains the roots of this sandwich, keeping it hearty and rustic the way it's traditionally enjoyed in Florida.
Pepi Cubano is at Tropical Palm Buiding, Gallardo Street corner Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Read more about Pepi Cubano.