10 Best Things We Ate in October
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 October.
Marv's Goat Taco from Drive-by Taco Shop
This offbeat number is our unexpected favorite. Good contrast is the strategy: The goat is tender and wonderful and punctuated by a sauce of tomatoes and apples. The meat really benefits from that perky sweetness and there's cardamom in there, too, to offer an excellent pop of flavor.
Drive-by Taco Shop is at 167 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about Drive-by Taco Shop.
The Pig Pen's Fried Egg with Crispy Pork Trotter
We never thought that we'd crave pork trotters for breakfast, but ever since Chef Carlos Rodriguez Garcia served us his iteration of Mediterranean starts, we've been thinking about them the moment we open our eyes in the morning. The log of pork trotter is as crunchy as can be, with an army of elements playing up the composition of this smashing little dish. There's a super soft bed of rice, a sprinkle of ham at the bottom of the plate for a surprise umaminess, pickled ampalaya that makes us wonder why we ever hated this bitter veg in the first place, bright tomatoes, the fat trimmed off from jamon, and a gorgeous fried egg. What a way to start your day.
The Pig Pen is at The Black Pig, 2/F Commercenter Building, East Asia Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Read more about The Pig Pen.
Dolcelatte's Dark Valrhona Crunch
Everyone will always fight over chocolate. We're not just talking about the last piece (that'll be a war), but over which is better, which is the best (stop fighting and read our Top 10 Chocolate Cakes list). Amid the brown spongy options, Dolcelatte's stands out because of this interesting layer of Belgian cereal that offers great contrast to the decadent chocolate ganache. Texture is everything and Dolcelatte proves it.
Dolcelatte has branches at 1616 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City; and 5/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City. Read more about Dolcelatte.
Genki Sushi's Chirashi
It's so difficult to pick just one thing from Genki's incredible assortment of mobile sushi (pray you get the Astroboy one) so we're going for a choice that gives us a lot of other options. This bowl of sushi perfectly highlights the restaurant's commitment to quality and freshness. Each large slice is firm and juicy, melt-in-you-mouth intensity that will encourage you to order more. Don't. With their iPad menu and convenient service, it's easy to fall in the Genki trap and over-order. Don't worry. You can see your running bill on the menu.
Genki Sushi is at Bonifacio Stopover, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Genki Sushi.
This corner shop puts out all the stops in this one skewer. Forget your backyard brushed-on barbecue sauce. The large meatball is grilled then coated in salty bonito flakes. It sits in a little bowl of tare sauce with raw egg yolk that you mix till you get a rich and salty condiment. Make sure to dip your skewer well to really develop those layered flavors. Have it with sake (the one with bacon!).
Kantori Yakitori is at 51D Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about Kantori.
8 & Company's Grilled Chicken in Turmeric Rice with Coriander Sauce
Chicken is a tricky thing. Everybody loves it, but it could be rather bland if you don't know how to bring out the flavor. Enter the motherlode of spices that 8 & Company layers it with. This cozy restaurant operates on the notions of home-style dining, but better. The spices they use to embellish their chicken aren't the most orthodox, but those almost bitter notes and sharp bright taste create something sublime.
8 & Company is at 8B Socorro Fernandez Street, Mandaluyong City. Read more about 8 & Company.
Blackmore Wagyu from Allium
Allium has impeccable service who'll gamely tell you everything you need to know about your dish, including where each ingredient comes from. It's lean but cooked to a faultless medium rare that develops brawny, melt-in-your-mouth bites. The one we got came with truffled mashed potatoes. We can't eat mashed potatoes anywhere else anymore.
Allium is at Grand Midori, Bolanes Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
The Halal Guys' Gyro
We hear people say that they'll visit this New York icon once the lines die down. Well, it's been a few years and their lines in the Big Apple haven't really diminished, so we have no way of telling when The Halal Guys would stop pulling 500-a-day customers. It's very simple: beef either with rice or in pita. It's the sauces that spell excitement. The red and white are legends in their own right and it's their characteristic heat that gives this stall its identity.
The Halal Guys is at SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City. Read more about The Halal Guys.
Taco Vengo's Nachos por Machos
This...marvel. This...invention. This...revolution. Taco Vengo marries two things we love: nachos and a sous-vide egg to create something so out-of-this-world good. Not everybody can think out of the box, but Taco Vengo's risks pay off. We've waxed poetic over their Chwaffle, but this upgraded pica-pica is just as inspired. Sour cream, cheese, caramelized onions, and chorizo work to create that big pow for every loaded chip.
Taco Vengo is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Taco Vengo.
Pulled Pork Sandwich from The Rib Shack
We're not overlooking The Rib Shack's obvious specialty, but this Pulled Pork Sandwich deserves praise. Pulled pork tends to overwhelm the senses, but chef and owner Ernest De Jesus manages to pull all the right strings to create a distinct profile. We can't describe it as subtle because you can detect the sweetness, the spiciness, the smokiness. This sandwich definitely isn't shy, but it's modest. You won't have any trouble finishing this whole dish on your own.
The Rib Shack is at PDC Compound, Rose Avenue, Las Piñas City. Read more about The Rib Shack.