10 Best Things We Ate in August

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 August.

 


 

Jin Joo Korean Grill's Fire Chicken With Cheese

It's a fact: Jin Joo Korean Grill was one of the first places in Manila to offer mega-cheesy dishes long before it became a popular Korean restaurant staple. The Fire Chicken With Cheese is a feast for the senses—watch the servers whip up this fiery red dish by combining barbecue-glazed chicken, tteokbokki, chopped spring onions, sweet potatoes, and lots of mozzarella on a scorching cast-iron plate. As they jumble up the ingredients right before your eyes, you can't help but catch a whiff of this glorious mess and its spicy aroma. The taste is incredible, too, with just the right hints of sweetness and heat. Trust us: This is one dish you'll end up dreaming about.

 

Jin Joo Korean Grill is at 5/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.

 

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St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert's Churros

Light, crispy, and attractively golden—the churros at St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert is indeed fine. If you're an avid fan of this deep-fried pastry, you'll get what we're talking about. The crunchy snack complements the rich chocolate sauce it comes with, creating a delicious balance of sweet and savory. 

 

St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert is at Unit C3-104 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.

 

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Lan Kwai Speakeasy's Braised Beef Brisket Noodles

Apart from their affordable cocktails and beer, the Braised Beef Brisket Noodles at Lan Kwai Speakeasy is another item that's getting a lot of raves from diners. It boasts clean and fresh flavors from the broth and herbs (including a heap of spring onions), while its beef brisket slices are succulent, sweet, and fork-tender. The runny soft-boiled egg on the side binds every element well, so you'll get a wide range of tastes and textures with each spoonful. 

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Lan Kwai Speakeasy is at 42 Esteban Abada Street, Quezon City.

 

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Marugame Udon's Beef Ontama Bukkake Udon

You need to try Marugame Udon's Beef Ontama Bukkake Udon. This bowl of thick and chewy udon are a delightful break from the al-dente ramen noodles we've all come to love over the years. Resting on top of the warm noodles, which you can also get cold, is a generous serving of sweetly marinated gyudon and an overeasy egg. The dish is rich but not too overwhelming, making it the perfect meal on a cold, rainy night.

 

Marugame Udon is at B7 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.

 

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Aruga Café by Mesclun's Wagyu Rump Steak

Meet Aruga Café's Wagyu Rump Steak, the striking star of Chef Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara's menu. It's as straightforward as it gets, with thick strips of medium-rare Wagyu steak on a warm platter, and a scoop of creamy mashed potatoes on the side. The tangy chimichurri helps add freshness to this meaty dish, while the gravy gives it a pleasant peppery taste. 

 

Aruga Café by Mesclun is at G/F Aruga by Rockwell, Waterfront Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

 

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Nha Em's Banh Xeo

Whoever thought savory crepes would work well with leafy vegetables? The Vietnamese, apparently! Nha Em introduces this delicious but underrated Vietnamese dish to the Filipino palate by showing them how it's traditionally made and eaten. Here, you get a big serving of crispy pan-fried batter filled with beansprouts, onions, and shrimp. Don't be afraid to use your hands as you wrap a glistening morsel in your choice of greens including lettuce, Thai basil, and mustard leaves. Once bundled tightly, dip it into the sweet-tangy sauce, take a mouthful, and enjoy the explosion of fresh flavors.

 

Nha Em is at 5/F Sky Park, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.

 

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Epilogue's Wagyu Pizza

French beans and Wagyu beef strips aren't exactly what you'd imagine your pizza to have, but trust us when we say they go perfectly with the classic snack—at least for this version. Epilogue combines unusual toppings to a cheesy bed of chewy pizza crust. The pizza has just the right hint of creaminess and tang from the cheese, as well as the spicy notes of their homemade Sriracha mayo.

 

Epilogue is at G/F S Maison at Conrad Manila, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

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Sinigang na Buntot ng Baka at Damiana's

Perhaps you're used to having beef shanks or ribs with your sinigang. Although these traditional cuts add depth and richness to the sour soup, oxtail makes the dish a lot heartier. That's the secret of Damiana's sinigang, which combines chewy, almost gelatinous chunks of beef with veggies like eggplants, radish slices, and kangkong. The result will make you ask: Why haven't I thought of this before?

 

Damiana's is at 110 C. Palanca Jr. Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.

 

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Fishballs at Persephone - A Seasonal Kitchen

Like the restaurant's namesake, deity Persephone, their fish balls are beautiful—perhaps the prettiest street food we've ever laid our eyes on. Garnished with blue pea flowers, it has a flawless golden brown exterior, an indication that these bite-sized snacks were deep-fried pretty darn well. It also gets plus points that their fish balls are made from scratch, meaning you get all the delicious and unique flavor of seafood minus the unwanted preservatives and artificial additives. 

 

Persephone - A Seasonal Kitchen is at 120 Jupiter Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City.

 

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Toast Mango-lato at Gelatofix

Gelatofix is serious when it comes to dessert. Their Toast Mango-lato, for example, is everything you'd want your after-meal eats to be: Sweet and indulgent. Served on a wooden plate, the dish is a high stack of warm bread topped with fresh slices of tangy-sweet ripe mango, strawberry, and a splash of syrup. Of course, it comes with some scoops of gelato to complete the decadent dish.

 

Gelatofix is at G/F BGC Corporate Center, 11th Avenue corner 30th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

 

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