(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 August.
Hey Handsome’s Laap Phet
Your Local’s Chef Nicco Santos works his magic with a complex dish that tastes anything but ordinary. The Laap Phet is a mouthwatering plate of minced duck, fresh herbs, khao man, and a deep-fried egg with crispy edges. The duck is a bit spicy yet flavorful, the sauces already incorporated as it cooks. The touch of kaffir lime adds a bright, tangy lift to the dish.
Hey Handsome is at G/F Net Park, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Huma Mediterranean Cuisine’s Baba Ghanouj
A familiar mezza dish would be the Baba Ghanouj, but Huma takes a different approach by making use of grilled eggplants, tahini, and olive oil. It makes for a good dip, and the best way to eat it is to dunk freshly baked bread onto it before taking a bite.
Huma Mediterranean Cuisine is at S Maison, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay City.
Flatiron's Brisket 6
The Brisket 6 from Flatiron is a scene-stealer—it's U.S. beef brisket that's made tender from being slow cooked for six hours, served with red rice sautéed in its flavorsome juices and a refreshing cucumber-carrot slaw. The hint of sweetness is subtle enough to not overpower the meat, but still provides a nice glazed tang.
Flatiron is at G/F Uptown Place Mall, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Uptown Bonifacio.
Namoo House Premium Korean Barbeque’s Aged USDA Prime Striploin
The star at Namoo House is of course, their meat, but the spotlight is on their Aged USDA Prime Striploin. The meat is aged for two weeks to enhance the flavor and ensure tenderness. It’s also not marinated, so what you get is its smoked, natural flavor. It’s good on its own, but if you’re looking for something more, add a bit of salt and sesame oil.
Namoo House Premium Korean Barbeque is at Uptown Parade, 38th Street corner 11th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio.
Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps’ Boiled Garlic Fried Crab
We’re still thanking Blue Posts for bringing this Davao favorite to Manila. Their best-selling Boiled Garlic Fried Crab is hefty and fresh with a light, crunchy batter. The final touch is heaps of crushed garlic, the flavor seeping deep into the meat. The result? The most succulent, savory, and glorious bag of crabs.
Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps is at 4/F The Block, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City.
Tilde Hand Craft Café’s Kimchee Reuben
Tilde’s mission is to whip up inspired dishes from scratch using locally sourced ingredients—by hand. Their passion is evident, and the servings are large enough for sharing. Case in point: Their Kimchee Reuben, a bold explosion of flavors from house-cured corned beef, kimchee spices, and sliced pears. It’s also served with a side of fries.
Tilde Hand Craft Café is at 5417 G/F EWC Building, Matilde Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
Caravan Black Coffee’s Gooey Cheese Melt
The Gooey Cheese Melt sandwich from Caravan Black is straightforward and done right—with sumptuous amounts of gooey, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth cheese and crisp toasted bread. It hits all the right spots. The potato chips on the side is a thoughtful gesture.
Caravan Black Coffee is at G/F Net Park, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Surfries' Cheesy Bacon Fries
Fries are always a winner in our book, and the Cheesy Bacon Fries from Surfries is definitely up there. Thick-cut and generously drizzled with gooey cheese then topped with bacon bits...it hits all the right spots. But then, they torch the cheese right in front of you until it melts and bubbles. It's sinful, lip-smacking, and gorgeous—all at the same time.
Surfries is at Gastropark, #12 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City..
Bokaps' Original Wagsilog
Six pieces of juicy and savory Wagyu with garlic rice and a sunny-side-up egg is what makes up Bokaps' Original Wagsilog. It's an inventive fusion of Pinoy and Japanese favorites in the homiest way that's also perfect as a hefty breakfast.
Bokaps is at 6 Sta. Clara Street, East Capitol Drive, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Coffee Project’s Salted Caramel Cheesecake
What makes the Salted Caramel Cheesecake from Coffee Project stand out is its rich, velvety smooth texture. The cream cheese and caramel blend together perfectly into an irresistible sweet and salty treat that’ll have you reaching for more.
Coffee Project is at G/F Wil Tower, Eugenio Lopez Drive, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.