10 Best Things We Ate This July
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 July.
Raging Bull's Scotch Fillet
Fillets aren't usually the preferred cuts of meat for steak, but give them to a chef who knows his stuff and the results will be magic. At Shangri-La at The Fort's soon-to-open Raging Bull, the Scotch Fillet is unparalleled. The leaner slab makes the beefy flavor stand out, but the perfect pink-at-the-center cooking keeps it irresistible. All you need is a bit of salt—but only if you're extra hard to please.
Raging Bull is at 3/F Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Naxional's Steak Elote
This Latin-American joint had steak and elote. One day, a customer, who, in hindsight, might have an untapped secret culinary prowess, walked in and ordered both. To the surprise of the owners, he mixed them all together on one plate, as if an ode to the sizzling steaks with canned corn of old. It made so much sense that Naxional decided to whip up their own version on the menu.
Naxional South American Diner is at 2/F Uptown Parade, 38th Street corner 9th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio.
Annam's Spicy Hue Australian Beef Noodles
It doesn't have to be cold and rainy for you to appreciate this fiery bowl. While some folks look for Vietnamese noodle soups for their light-heartedness, there are moments when you just can't help but crave that in-your-face punch of flavor. Annam is the solution to those days. The Australian beef noodles are brawny but tender, careful not to distract from the focal point of the dish—the spice!
Annam is at 1880 Building, Eastwood Avenue, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.
Izakaya Sensu's Sensu Omakase Special
Diving into this plate is like diving into the ocean. It offers 11 kinds of sashimi based on what's fresh and available. Izakaya Sensu makes sure to satisfy your usual cravings for salmon, tuna, and ika, but helpfully broadens your sashimi horizon with more unconventional options, like surf clams, flounder, and horse mackerel.
Izakaya Sensu is at Net Park, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Koku's Salmon Aburi Sushi
Everyone's beloved salmon sushi but with cheese? Koku just gives people more things to love about Japanese cuisine. We love how they torched the cheese enough to be pronounced but not so much that it would overpower the traditionally gentle nature of this bite-sized Japanese favorite.
Koku is at Two Central Building, 109 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Freezer Burn's Ketchup Mayo Fries
You will regret the day you turn your back on this seemingly strange ice cream flavor. So, when you see the ketchup-flavored ice cream on Freezer Burn's display, seize the day. Make sure you pair it with fries. Chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla aren't the type of people who do things for the sake of Instagram, so when they go weird, you can be sure whatever they cook up is worth it.
Freezer Burn is at G/F Q3, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Clockwork by UCC's Curry Cheese Poutine
This plate bears a whole lot of comfort, with just a tiny twist of heat to shake things up. The thick potato batons are soft, blending in perfectly with the gooey cheese. The addition of curry is genius. It saves your palate from being overwhelmed.
Clockwork by UCC has branches at Blue Bay Walk, Pasay City; and Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City.
Trufa Pasta Bar's Penne and Setas
Mushroom and cheese and cream? It's a combination that everyone—except the lactose-intolerant—can get behind. Trufa's truffle-infused cream sauce is so outstanding on its own that it asks only for the mild flavor of mushroom to make it shine.
Trufa Pasta Bar is at 109 Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Grind Bistro's Grind Burger
This upscale restaurant was supposed to specialize in gourmet burgers until the location made the owners realize that they needed to do so much more. Still, the burger steals the show. It is, for lack of a better word, basic. Instead of fancy-schmancy ingredients, it comes with greens, tomatoes, cheese, a secret sauce, and a 100% beef patty inside homemade brioche buns. It's that confident. It's that good.
Grind Bistro is at G/F Net Park, Crescent Park West, 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Bean & Yolk's Chorizo Mama
Don't think of this as a throwback to the Boracay staple. This sandwich bears its own identity. They use Spanish-style chorizo so you get something delectably smoky and salty, but the sweet glaze paints it with a more familiar flavor. The fried egg tempers and balances the tasty punches.
Bean & Yolk is at Bel-Air Soho Suites, Polaris Street, Bel-Air, Makati City.