10 Best Things We Ate in February
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 February.
The Test Kitchen’s Farm
Chef Josh Boutwood lets his creativity run wild at The Test Kitchen, where exquisite dishes are made up of just a few ingredients. The results are surprisingly complex, like the crowd-pleasing Farm. A juicy pork belly is served with freshly fried pork crackling or chicharon that’s been cooked at a low temperature, dehydrated, and then fried again for extra crunch. The dish is sprinkled with vinegar powder and apple butter, then topped with fried celery leaves.
The Test Kitchen is at 9780 B&C Kamagong Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City.
Main Street’s Bacon and Rosemary
While Main Street’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken continues to be excellent, Chef Adam Tan’s new menu additions are not to be missed. From his new roster of pizzas, the Bacon and Rosemary is Chef Adam’s personal favorite, and for good reason. There’s the hint of peppery flavor from the rosemary which goes well with the crispy bacon, and the honey sauce gives the dish a sweet tang that you might just find addicting.
Main Street is at 12 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Delimondo Store and Café’s Corned Beef Caldereta Lasagna
Whether you’re a fan of Delimondo’s line of tinned goodness or just in the mood for something indulgent and filling, Delimondo Store and Café’s Corned Beef Caldereta Lasagna won’t disappoint. This lasagna replaces the usual ground meat for Delimondo’s corned beef, toasted till crisp then cooked in a rich caldereta sauce. This is then layered between pasta sheets together with cheese and béchamel, for a dish that’s hearty and just delicious.
Delimondo Store and Café is at JAKA Center, Urban Avenue corner Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.
Poblacion Dining Room’s Pork Adobo
Nothing will ever beat your mother’s adobo but Poblacion Dining Room’s home-style Pork Adobo could be a close second. Thick cuts of pork are cooked in a sweet-tangy sauce, with layers of fat making each bite more succulent. This meal comes with garlic rice, salted egg, and a tomato and onion relish. Each spoonful will remind you of home.
Poblacion Dining Room is at 36 Polaris Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
Meatslut’s The 72 Hours Rib Short Plate
Ribs are a tricky cut—a little over or undercooked and you may end up with tough, rubbery meat. At Meatslut, short ribs are cooked sous-vide for 72 hours, resulting in beef that’s fork-tender, with layers of fat making each bite juicy and flavorful. The ribs are then salted just right, to achieve lip-smacking tastiness that’ll make you forget the side of gravy.
Meatslut is at 94 Lilac Street, SSS Village, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City.
Zubuchon finally opened its first branch in Metro Manila on February 26, and while the new restaurant offers excellent mains like pancit and gambas, we can’t pretend we’re not here simply for the lechon. And it is an excellent roast pig. Zubuchon offers their lechon in Plain or Spicy. The lechon is stuffed with over 15 herbs and spices like sea salt, tanglad, onions, garlic, green onions, and pepper. Instead of soy sauce, the skin is brushed with coconut water.
Zubuchon is at Talisay Street, Barangay San Antonio, Makati City.
Yuan Asian Bistro’s Laksa Tantanmen
Yuan Asian Bistro plays around with Asian flavors, not just from the East but also from the South and Southeast to create wildly inventive fusion dishes. A must-try is the Laksa Tantanmen, a cross between laksa and ramen. Ramen noodles are served in a coconut cream-infused shrimp broth that’s been reduced to resemble a thick sauce, together with lobster balls and tiger prawns. The briny flavor of the shrimp stands out and the mild heat of the broth makes this dish comforting.
Yuan Asian Bistro is at Unit 4 Victoria Brixton Plaza, 1 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Hibana’s Hamachi Kama
Chef Mark Tan takes classic Japanese dishes and puts his own twist on them, creating dishes that are both comfortingly familiar yet also novel to the palate. A fine example is the Hamachi Kama, or yellowtail fish collar that’s been perfectly grilled to bring out its succulent flavor.
Hibana is at G/F The Grand Midori, Bolaños Street, Makati City.
PappaRam’s Beef Rendang
PappaRam is a hole-in-the-wall in Marikina that serves authentic Malaysian dishes by Chef Ramzu Nasri. The restaurant offers an extensive menu that covers most Malaysian fare, plus some Western dishes. Can’t decide what to order? The Beef Rendang is a sure win, with beef that is melt-in-your-mouth and surprisingly only mildly spicy with a hint of sweetness from coconut.
PappaRam is at 45 J.P. Rizal Street, Kalumpang, Marikina City.
Tim Hortons’ Steak and Egg Biscuit
Tim Hortons is finally in Manila, bringing with them the classic brew and doughnuts they’ve become known for in Canada, the United States, and the Middle East. While the coffee chain is rightfully known for their Original Brew (which you can get as a Double-Double or with two sugars and two creams) and their Timbits (Tim Hortons’ version of doughnut bites), they also serve excellent savory items. The Steak and Egg Biscuit is perfect if you’re looking for something hefty to go with your coffee. Shredded beef that’s flavored on the sweet side is sandwiched between scrambled egg and cheese between two crisp buttery breakfast biscuits. It’s the perfect grab-and-go meal to start your day.
Tim Hortons is at U/GF Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.