10 Best Things We Ate in June
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 June.
Sibyullee’s Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice
In a restaurant that puts melted cheese on almost everything, Sibyullee’s Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice stands out as the cheesiest of them all. The dish arrives as a mound of kimchi fried rice sitting on a pool of melted cheese—slice into its center and be rewarded with flowing “lava” of even more cheese. Every bite has that familiar tang of kimchi with the decadence only overflowing cheese can provide. You wouldn’t want to have fried rice any other way after this.
Sibyullee is at G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
Loukoumades at Overdoughs
Overdoughs at Century City Mall is here to make you break up with your usual doughnut haunt, and one bite of their Loukoumades may be all it takes. Their version of the Greek-Turkish snack is wonderfully sweet and chewy and is best eaten fresh after being dipped in a toffee sauce.
Overdoughs is at 3/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City.
Elait’s Strawberry Trifle
Rolled ice cream is the talk of the town, and whether you’ve never had it or are already a huge fan, Elait and their decadent Strawberry Trifle is not to be missed. A cup gets you fresh strawberry yogurt, cream cheese, lady fingers (or broas), and strawberry drizzle—you’ll gladly endure brain freeze for this one.
Elait is at 2/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City.
Unagi Watermelon Roll at Yes Please
While you go to Yes Please for their cool cocktails—named after ‘80s and ‘90s pop icons—don't overlook their bar chow. Perhaps, “bar chow” is a bit of a misnomer, because the food here is actually hefty enough to fill you up while you drink. A standout is the overloaded Unagi Watermelon Roll—those who like contrasting flavors will enjoy the way the juicy sweetness of the watermelon cuts through the sharp saltiness of the unagi. You’ll be saying “yes, please” in seconds.
Yes Please is at 11th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Bonifacio.
Kyo-to’s Wagyu A5 Ohmi Sirloin
There’s no question that kaiseki restaurant Kyo-to uses only the best ingredients, especially when faced with the Wagyu A5 Ohmi Sirloin. Chef Ryohei Kawamoto masterfully prepares the Wagyu to be melt-in-your-mouth tender, with only a pinch of wasabi to elevate the already elegant dish. You’ll want to have this with a bowl of steaming white rice.
Kyo-to is at G/F 199 C. Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Salty’s Eggs Benedict
While owners Charmaine Domingo and Yelle Gadon may have abandoned their original idea to open a salted egg-centric restaurant, they love salted egg too much to remove it from the menu completely. We're lucky, too, because then we wouldn’t have gems like their Eggs Benedict. Their version of the classic breakfast dish has two decadent poached eggs sitting on top of warm English muffins together with crisp bacon and alfalfa sprouts to give it a boost. But what makes it truly stand out is their homemade hollandaise sauce, made more indulgent with rich lip-smacking salted egg.
Salty is at 54C Scout Gandia corner Scout Tobias, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Tomatito’s Chicharron y Salmon
Chef Carlos Franco of Tomatito shares that while they have brought in most of the dishes from Tomatito Shanghai, they’ve also played around with local ingredients and flavors to come up with new tapas that are still very much playful. One such dish is the Chicharron y Salmon, which is Chef Carlos’ way of catering to the Filipinos’ love for crunch. You’ll be surprised at how each small piece packs complex textures and flavor—from the crunch of the pork chicharon to the velvety smoked salmon tartar, with fish caviar adding a pop of distinct saltiness.
Tomatito is at 30th Street corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Bakere Café’s BXU
You may go to Bakere Café, rightfully so, for their famous cheese cupcakes and ensaymada, but it’s their BXU or Butuan lechon sandwich that’ll keep you coming back. The lechon belly stuffed in the BXU explodes with intense flavor from a marinade of spices, herbs, and the distinct zest of lemongrass—a mix, owner RJ Galang shares, that is traditionally used to flavor Butuan lechon. In place of the traditional vinegar dip, this sandwich has a slaw of carrots, radish, and cabbage that’s been pickled in sweet-sour bahalina or coconut sap vinegar, working to balance out the stronger flavors of the lechon. The warm toasted bread embracing all these tasty components just seals the deal.
Bakere Café is at Three Brixton Building, 3 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Le Jardin Café’s Croque Monsieur
Le Jardin Café may have expanded their menu to include more global fare, but they haven’t turned back on their French roots. For one, they have an excellent Croque Monsieur, and while it’s traditionally taken as a “quick snack” in France, their version is large enough to be a meal on its own. The cheesy first layer gives way to pillowy-soft bread, which makes you appreciate the crunch of the delicious homemade ham even more.
Le Jardin Café is at G/F Bonifacio Stopover Corporate Center, 31st Street corner 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
The Pigpen’s Pork Belly Kimchi
The Pigpen prides itself in serving meals that are casually no-frills but still top-notch, and a good showcase is the Pork Belly Kimchi. This dish is exactly what it says on the tin—pork belly served with kimchi—but they deliver excellently on flavor. The intense sour-spicy flavor of the kimchi paste goes particularly well with the crispy-fried pork belly—and in case that wasn’t enough, you get a side of more kimchi too. Trust us, you’ll want to have this with rice (luckily, you can also get it as a Solo Rice Bowl).
The Pigpen is at G/F Eton Tower Makati, Legazpi Village, Makati City.